Prince William snubbed lunch hosted by Prince Harry for old friends in UK
As Prince Harry visits UK to unveil a statue of mother Diana on what would have been her 60th birthday, news of his last trip is still making headlines. In recent updates, it's now been revealed that Harry had hosted a lunch with his old pals when he had visited UK after the death of Prince Philip, first time since his and wife Meghan Markle's infamous exit of the royal family in 2020. The lunch, however, did not see Harry's older brother Prince William in attendance.
Harry and William met for the first time since 'Megxit' at their grandfather's April 17 funeral, where rumors of their reconciliation following the bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview were rife. The two brothers spoke briefly amidst the televised funeral as well, with the media reporting shortly after that their relationship was still icy after the mournful reunion. Months later, as Harry returns home again, sources have now told The Sun that in April he showed signs of "wanting to reconnect with his old life".
News of this comes after it was reported that Harry allegedly flew in first class, wearing sweats, to attended the unveiling of his mother's statue in an upcoming event. His wife, Meghan, who just gave birth to their second child, daughter Lilibet Diana, stayed back once again with her two children, as she had during Prince Philip's funeral since she was heavily pregnant then. But while Meghan was dubbed '500 percent nightmare' by alleged friends of her husband, the Duke of Sussex is reportedly showing signs of rekindling his friendships with elaborate lunches sans older brother William who chose to snub the party.
A source told the Mail on Sunday: "After the wedding Harry cut everyone from the UK off. But now he's at last showing signs of wanting to reconnect with his old life. His friends are really excited, they think that the old Harry is coming back out of his shell. It sounds like he's starting to realize that he doesn't have to abandon his old life to enjoy a new one in California with Meghan. The two worlds he now occupies are not mutually exclusive for his friends, though they may well be for his family."
With reports of William not attending the April lunch, it's also been revealed that Harry's cousin Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank are the only two royals to have kept in touch with the Sussexes after they quit the firm in 2020. The guest list for Harry's recent lunch hasn't been revealed, but among those he's friends with are some big names like Jack Mann, Charlie van Straubenzee and Mark Dyer.
Harry arrived in the UK on Friday, June 25, ahead of Diana's memorial event on July 1. He is currently in quarantine as preparations are underway for the ceremony. A spokesperson for Harry confirmed he was at his private residence Frogmore Cottage, which is quite close to his the Queen's Windsor Castle home.