Prince Harry ‘chartered a £30,000 private jet to Balmoral on the day the Queen died’ as it is claimed he learned of the monarch’s death following a last-minute announcement on line
- Harry and Meghan were in the UK by coincidence when the Queen died
- The Prince did not join other members of the Royal Family as they traveled to Balmoral to see the Queen
- King Charles reportedly made it clear Meghan Markle couldn’t join Balmoral
- Reports say Harry discovered the Queen’s death on his phone on the plane
Prince Harry paid £30,000 for a private jet to reach Balmoral on the day of the Queen’s death before learning of her death from a news app on his phone minutes before landing, it said -we reported.
Harry and Meghan were in the UK by coincidence when news about the Queen’s failing health began to emerge.
King Charles and Princess Anne were with the Queen at Balmoral, while Prince Andrew, Prince William and Prince Edward were flown to Aberdeen Airport on a royal plane.
Harry, who is no longer a member of the royal family since moving to California with Meghan, spoke to King Charles who reportedly said “very clearly” that Meghan Markle was unwelcome, according to reports.
Britain’s new king phoned his youngest son and told him it was ‘not appropriate’ for the former Suits actress to be there, according to reports, much to Harry’s frustration.
It is also claimed that in the ensuing row, in which Harry fought to persuade his father to allow Meghan to come with him, he missed a flight carrying William and their uncles Andrew and Edward to Scotland – and with him the chance to say goodbye.
Pictured: The Duke of Sussex looks grim on a trip from Aberdeen to Balmoral on the day the Queen died
Harry was reportedly so furious after the argument that he dined with Prince Andrew, then Prince Edward, instead of his brother and father. Pictured: The Prince of Wales, the Duke of York and the Earl and Countess of Wessex arrive at Balmoral following the Queen’s death
A private plane was then mapped to get Harry to Balmoral as quickly as possible to join the rest of the Royal Family.
Although initial reports suggest Harry discovered the Queen’s death through a phone call from his father, The Telegraph reported that the call was never successful.
King Charles repeatedly tried to reach Harry, who knew he was trying to contact him, but was unable to speak to his son before the Queen died.
Instead, Harry heard of Her Majesty delivering a last-minute notification to her phone.
However, palace sources insisted the official announcement “has not been made until all family members have been notified”.
A source said: ‘The official announcement has been delayed until everyone has been made aware,’ a source said.
Prince Harry at Aberdeen International Airport following the Queen’s death at Balmoral
Harry returned to his wife Meghan after joining the Royal Family late at Balmoral
Prince Harry is said to have snubbed his father and brother at a dinner party at Balmoral after the new king banned his wife from attending. Pictured: King Charles III and the Duke of Sussex walk alongside Princess Anne as they arrive at the Queen’s Committal Service in Windsor on September 19
“Part of the problem was getting hold of the Duke of Sussex.”
Photos of Harry arriving at Balmoral by car showed the prince looking gloomy and downcast.
Once there, he reportedly snubbed dinner with the King, furious that Meghan was not allowed to join him at Balmoral.
He would have eaten with Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex instead.
Others have denied the claims, with one source saying “no dinner invitations have been issued”.
Another added: ‘It’s all less coordinated and more chaotic than people think.
“It was a difficult and upsetting day for everyone.”