Prince Harry is due to arrive in the UK today on the eve of the first anniversary of the Queen’s death, but will not meet the Royal Family during his visit, according to reports.
The Duke of Sussex, who is flying to London without his wife Meghan Markle, will attend an awards ceremony organized by WellChild, a children’s charity of which Harry has been a patron for 15 years.
The Duke will be in London for the first anniversary of the Queen’s death on Friday September 8, but palace sources have said Mail online Harry will not meet any members of the royal family, including King Charles and Prince William.
Harry will join WellChild in celebrating the resilience and achievements of seriously ill children and young people across the country at an event on Thursday evening.
A close source told the newspaper that Charles “didn’t have time in his diary” to meet Harry, as relations between the Duke and the rest of the family remain strained following the publication of his explosive memoir. Spare in January of this year.
The Independent has contacted representatives from Kensington and Buckingam Palaces for comment.
In his tell-all memoir, Harry claimed William physically attacked him during an altercation stemming from an argument over Meghan.
He also revealed the last words he said to the Queen on her deathbed at her summer residence, the Balmoral Estate, last year.
He described how he whispered to her that he “hoped she would be happy” and that she would be reunited with her husband Philip, who died in April 2021.
King Charles and Queen Camilla are currently at Balmoral in Scotland and are not expected to attend any public engagements this week.
Instead, they will celebrate the anniversary of the Queen’s death in private, the newspaper reported.
Announcing Harry’s visit last month, WellChild shared a statement on X, formerly Twitter.
“We are delighted to announce that Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Patron of WellChild, will be attending the WellChild Awards, in association with GSK, on September 7.”
The event begins at 6.15pm BST and will be broadcast live, with organizers refusing to reveal its location.
After his visit to London, Harry will travel to Düsseldorf, Germany, for his Invictus Games opening ceremony on September 9, but will not be joined by Meghan who will stay in California with their two children.
The Duchess would fly out later in the week for the closing ceremony, where singer Rita Ora would perform. Harry and Meghan are expected to give speeches.
Harry came up with the idea for the tournament after a visit to the United States to attend the Warrior Games, the Department of Defense’s annual sporting event for injured or ill service members and veterans.
He credits the experience with helping him understand how sport can benefit military personnel on their journey of recovery and launched the Invictus Games as a Paralympic-style sports competition in 2014.
“The Invictus Games will focus on what they can achieve after injury and celebrate their fighting spirit, through inclusive sporting competition that recognizes the sacrifice they have made,” Prince Harry said at the time.
Harry’s New Docuseries Heart of Invictuswhich follows “a group of extraordinary competitors from around the world: service members who have suffered life-altering injuries or illnesses on their way to the Invictus Games,” was released on Netflix on August 30.
During the series, Harry recalled how returning from his last tour of duty in Afghanistan led to an “unraveling” that triggered the trauma of losing his mother Diana at a very young age.
He added: “I didn’t have that support structure, that network, or that expert advice to really identify what was happening to me. »
This follows the release of their six-part documentary Harry and Meghanreleased last December.
During the series, the Duke and Duchess shed light on their lives as senior members of the Royal Family, including alleged speculation about their son Archie’s skin color within the palace.
They also claimed that palace staff leaked information about Meghan to the British press.
Additional reports by agencies.
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