Prince Harry has claimed he was ‘not invited’ on the plane that took the rest of the royal family to Balmoral before the Queen died – as he recounted his final moments with her.
The Duke of Sussex, 38, was back with his wife Meghan Markle for a series of charity events in the UK last September when his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II’s health suddenly declined on Sept. 8.
The Queen died later that day – but when reports began to circulate that Harry did not arrive at the palace until more than two hours after she did, while the rest of the family did before she died – many people were surprised. Why did he come so late?
Now, during an explosive new interview with 60 Minutes, the royal has claimed that members of her family were at fault for her delayed arrival – adding that they were not included in their travel plans, despite the fact that Even though there was plenty of room for them on the plane they all flew to Balmoral.
Prince Harry has revealed he was ‘not invited’ on the plane the rest of the royal family took to Balmoral to see the Queen before her death.
The Duke of Sussex, 38, was back in the UK for charity work with his wife Meghan Markle (seen on September 5) – when his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth’s health declined on September 8.
The Queen died later that day – but Harry reportedly didn’t arrive at the palace until more than two hours after she left. He is seen arriving at Balmoral
Now, during an explosive new interview with 60 Minutes, the royal claimed he arrived hours later than the rest of the family because he wasn’t included in their travel plans.
He told host Anderson Cooper that he had texted his brother, Prince William, 40, to see how he and his wife, Kate Middleton, 41, were getting on at the estate in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, but he never heard back. Even this was not given. Flight details.
‘I asked my brother – I said, “What’s your plan? How are you and Kate getting up there?”‘ he recalled.
Harry told host Anderson Cooper that he texted his brother Prince William, 40, to see how he and his wife Kate Middleton, 41, were getting on at the estate in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, but he never received it. given. Flight details
‘And then, a few hours later, you know, all the family members who live in the Windsor and Ascot area were jumping on a plane together, a plane that had 12, 14, maybe 16 seats.’
‘You weren’t invited on that plane?’ Anderson asked him, to which Harry replied, ‘I wasn’t invited.’
Prince William, Prince Edward and his wife Sophie and Prince Andrew were seen arriving together on a private plane. William’s wife, Kate, appeared to be staying at Windsor as she was photographed picking up their children in England later that day.
Harry eventually flew to Scotland alone – and by the time he reached Balmoral, the Queen had passed away at the age of 96.
However, Harry said he “spent some time with her saying goodbye,” adding that he was “really happy” because she can now be with her husband, Prince Philip, who wed a year ago – in April 2021 had died.
‘I went into the hall, and my aunt was there to greet me,’ she recalled of her arrival at Balmoral. ‘ And he asked me if I wanted to see him.
‘I asked my brother, “How are you getting up there?”‘ Harry (seen with William two days after the Queen’s death) recalled. ‘A few hours later, the family was on the plane together’
Prince William is seen getting off the plane in Scotland (circled left), followed by Edward and Sophie (pictured centre), and finally Prince Andrew (pictured right)
Harry (seen arriving at Balmoral) eventually flew off alone and by the time he reached Balmoral, the Queen had tragically passed away at the age of 96.
Harry (seen with Meghan and the Queen in 2018) said he ‘spent some time saying goodbye to her,’ adding that he was ‘really glad she ended her life’
‘I thought about it for five seconds, “Is this a good idea?” And I’m like, “You know what? You can do this. You need to say goodbye.”
‘So I went over, took off my jacket and went inside and just had some alone time with him.
He also claimed in his forthcoming memoir, Spare (SAW), that his father, King Charles III, 74, was not welcomed into the palace by his wife, Meghan, 41, on the day the queen died.
‘She was in her bedroom. I was really happy for him because he ended his life. He had completed his life.
And her husband was waiting for her. And the two of them are buried together.’
In a separate interview with Tom Bradby on ITV yesterday, Harry said members of his family had a ‘terrible reaction’ to the Queen’s death.
“It was a really terrible reaction from my family members the day he died,” she said.
‘And then by all accounts, certainly from what I saw and what other people experienced, was they were on the back foot and then the briefings and the leaking and the planting.
‘I was like “we’re here to celebrate Grandma’s life and mourn her loss, can we come together as a family?” But I don’t know how we collectively – how we change that.’
She also reportedly claimed in her upcoming memoir, Spare, which was released in Spain last week and will premiere worldwide on Jan. 10, that her father, King Charles III, 74, told his wife, 41 Meghan, 20, was not welcomed into the palace. The day the queen died.
The death of Queen Elizabeth II: a timeline of the events of September 8
12.35 pm: A statement has been released by Buckingham Palace, announcing that the Queen is under medical supervision at Balmoral after doctors became ‘concerned for her health’.
12.47 pm: A statement has been issued by Clarence House, confirming that Prince Charles and his wife Camilla will travel to Balmoral.
12.48 pm: A minute later, Kensington Palace announced that Price would be traveling to William Balmoral.
1.37 pm: It is reported that Prince Andrew is visiting Balmoral Castle in Scotland.
1.38 pm: Sources confirm the Princess Royal is at Balmoral.
1.55 pm: A spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex confirmed the couple would be ‘traveling to Scotland’.
4.14 pm: A news alert says the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are believed to be traveling to Balmoral ‘separately’ from other members of the royal family.
4.39 pm: Less than 30 minutes later, an anonymous source says the Duchess of Sussex will not be traveling to Balmoral with the Duke of Sussex. The source says Prince Harry himself will make the trip.
4.44 pm: Omid Scobie writes on Twitter: ‘A source has shared an update which states that only Prince Harry has made the journey to Balmoral. Like the Duchess of Cambridge, the Duchess of Sussex is staying back in England.’
6.30 pm: The royal family announced via the social media site Twitter that the Queen had died ‘peacefully’ at Balmoral at the age of 96.
After 6.30 pm: Prince Harry is believed to have arrived at Balmoral following the public announcement of the Queen’s death.
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