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Prince Harry was only told of the Queen’s death by his father, King Charles, five minutes before the official announcement, it has been revealed.
Victoria Ward, the respected royal correspondent for the The telegraph of the daymade the astonishing claim on Sunday, amid a deepening sense that relations and trust between Harry and the Windsors are at an all-time low, and that the carefully staged displays of a united front are merely cosmetic .
If Ward’s claim is correct, and there seems little reason to doubt it, it means the Prime Minister, Liz Truss, knew the Queen was dead at least two hours before the Queen’s own grandson, Harry.
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The Daily Beast was told by a reliable source that the Queen died shortly after 5 p.m.
While Charles reportedly called his two sons to tell them to go to Scotland on the Thursday morning of his death, Ward says Harry “got that call some time after Prince William”.
Ward implies that Harry was not invited to join the RAF flight which carried William, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and his wife Sophie to Scotland, claiming that instead his aides had to struggled to book own private charter which departed from Luton airport at 5am. :35 p.m., which Ward said was an hour after Truss was informed of the Queen’s death.
Charles was eventually able to reach Harry on his private plane, and after that call the statement was released at 6.30pm. Harry’s plane landed 16 minutes later.
He did not see his father or brother on Thursday evening as they were taken to a private dinner at Charles’s on the Balmoral estate, leaving Harry to eat with Andrew, Edward and Anne.
Harry was also said to have been devastated when the military uniform he was given to wear at a wake for his grandmother was not adorned with the late Queen’s royal cipher EIIR, meaning the wearer is a trusted “aide-de-camp” for the monarch, the Telegraph said.
A military source told The Daily Beast: ‘It was a snub for Harry as Andrew was allowed to wear them when he was no longer an ‘on-duty’ Royal. It bends the knife a little.
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