His Reasons will Shock You; Prince Harry Allegedly Chose Hotel Stay Over Royal Residence Offered by King Charles

King Charles and Prince Harry

Prince Harry is reported to have asked to stay in a royal residence on his short trip to the UK during the week – before changing his mind and opting for a hotel.

 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

The reports come amidst speculation over whether or not the Duke of Sussex would have had time to see his father, King Charles III, whilst stopping over in London for an Invictus Games ceremony at St Paul’s Cathedral in London.

Expectations had been growing of a reunion between the 39-year-old and his father, 75, for the first time since Harry’s sudden dash to Britain after learning that the King was being treated for an unspecified form of cancer.

But in the end the prince opted not to see his father despite being a stone’s throw from the royal residences in the capital.

King Charles

Sources in Harry’s camp say he had notified his father of an intent to see him during the trip. However, those within the King’s circles insist that there was no notification given by the Duke ahead of time despite the request for lodgings

They also say no invite was extended to the monarch to attend the Invictus ceremony a few miles from Buckingham Palace, where a garden party was being held the same day, despite reports to the contrary.

In remarks reported by The Times, sources close to Harry said a request was put in to see his father well in advance of the visit, which was ‘long on the radar’.

Royal protocols reportedly require the Duke to give 28 days’ warning to the King and the Home Office to request security.

But while the King is said to have signed off on a request by Harry to stay in a royal residence the visit never came to pass – and sources say regardless of the request the estranged Duke did not seek to see his father.

Friends of the Duke have claimed Charles would not make time in his diary for his son – following a statement to that effect from Harry’s representatives on Tuesday.

A spokesperson for the Duke claimed Charles was too busy to see his son, saying on Tuesday: ‘It unfortunately will not be possible due to His Majesty’s full programme.

‘The duke is of course understanding of his father’s diary commitments and various other priorities and hopes to see him soon.’

The King did have a packed schedule while his son was in town including the Buckingham Palace part and his regular weekly audience with Rishi Sunak the same day as the Invictus thanksgiving event and a visit to a military barracks on Thursday.

But royal sources maintain no request was ever received from Harry’s camp to see his father.

One said: ‘While he [Charles] was hardly going to roll out the red carpet the moment this Invictus trip was announced, with doctors advising him to focus on his treatment and recovery, the idea that he refused to find space in his diary… well, let’s say recollections may vary once again.