'No one told him': Prince Harry learned of Queen’s death from online news reports, say palace sources
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: The Duke of Sussex had rushed to his beloved grandmother's bedside to say a final goodbye on September 8, the day on which the longest serving monarch died at the age of 96. But he reportedly arrived more than an hour after Buckingham Palace announced that Queen Elizabeth had died at Balmoral, the late Queen Elizabeth II's Scottish residence. Apparently Prince Harry only found out that the Queen had died by reading online reports, a "highly-placed" Buckingham Palace insider, who was not named told Page Six. The source further mentioned that, "Harry had been called to Scotland by his father, the new King Charles III, in the morning."
There was another unnamed source from the palace, who confirmed that "no one from the royal family or anyone else from the palace had actually called Harry to tell him of the passing of his grandmother." Harry supposedly learnt the Queen had died after reaching late in the afternoon that day from online reports, instead of from a member of the family. He also traveled separately and not with the other members of the royal family, who flew down to Balmoral and were with the Queen when she died.
The above report came after The Telegraph claimed that "Prince Harry was informed by his father King Charles III that the Queen had died five minutes before the official announcement on September 8 and was the 'last to know'". Although on Sunday, a spokesperson of King Charles III reacted to the reports in a statement to the Daily Mail. Without detailing when Prince Harry was told about the passing of the Queen, the statement read, "The public was only informed after every family member had been informed."
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got married in 2018 and stepped down from their royal roles in January 2020, and it's now in September 2022, that the ex-royal couple has spent some time with their relatives and family members, following Queen Elizabeth II's death. But on Wednesday, Sept 21, shortly after the Queen's funeral, Harry and Meghan flew back to the United States after 3 weeks of being separated from their children 3-year-old Archie and Lilibet, 1 in Montecito, California. So it all lands on one main question now - What will happen with those damaged relationships now?
A friend of the Sussexes, Gayle King who was in London to cover the funeral, told 'CBS Mornings' this week: “There have been efforts on both sides … to sort of make this right.” When asked about whether brothers Prince Harry and Prince William have mended fences or not.