Is this respect or eye service? Awkward moment Harry and Meghan stood for God Save The King at Nigerian charity event – after Charles ‘snubbed’ his son.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stood for God Save The King at a Nigerian charity event yesterday – in the same week Charles ‘snubbed’ seeing his son on his whistle-stop trip to the UK.

 

The stern-looking Sussexes stood and stared straight ahead as trumpets blared the British national anthem as military personnel saluted around them at a lunch with the Nigerian chief of defence staff Christopher Musa.

The event came just hours after Harry, 39, had left London feeling ‘deeply stung’ after he said his father was ‘too busy’ to meet up with him during his three-day stay in the capital to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Invictus Games.

Sources close to Harry’s camp said they were bemused that the King did not see his son with the Duke’s spokesman confirming his ‘father’s diary commitments’ had got in the way at the prospect of any reunion.

Speculation had been growing there would be a reunion between the Duke of Sussex and his cancer-stricken father during his three-day stay in London.

Those close to Harry say the prince put in a request to see his father well in advance of him making the 5,000 mile journey from his home in California with the visit ‘long on the radar’.

But despite Harry and the 75-year-old monarch, at times, being just miles apart the Duke was told his father was ‘too busy’ to see him during his rare and short trip.

Sources in the Duke’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 Harry ahead of time.

The lunch event in Abuja came shortly after Harry and Meghan attended a sitting volleyball match and were mobbed by fans as they carried on their Nigeria visit – which has become a royal tour in all but name.

After being seated in their specially marked chairs, the British and Nigerian national anthems were played with the couple facing a stage decorated with red, white and blue balloons.

Wearing a shoulderless St Agni full length white dress Meghan drew gasps from onlookers as she walked into the officers mess for the reception.

Guests at the lunch were able to choose from five different menus including special fried rice, fish fillet sauce and jollof rice.

There was cow offal with ofada sauce or if you they were reluctant to try the traditional Nigerian menu they could opt for spaghetti bolognese or grilled chicken.

A dance troupe entertained guests with music and rhythmic drumming with Harry and Meghan tapping and swaying to the beat.

A giant poster on the stage was perhaps not the best choice as it featured a rather stern looking Duke and Duchess of Sussex.