Prince Harry didn’t snub King Charles III over Meghan Markle’s alleged ban

Despite rumors that Prince Harry declined his father’s dinner invitation when he landed in Scotland, Page Six has exclusively learned that King Charles III has already left for his private residence.

When Harry arrived at Balmoral Castle on September 8, Charles and Prince William had already left for the monarch’s home on the estate, according to a palace source.

They weren’t at Balmoral for dinner at all.

The sun reported on Thursday that Harry, 38, declined his father’s invitation after his wife Meghan Markle was allegedly barred from a royal family gathering at the castle to mourn the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

According to the publication, Harry wanted Markle, 41, to join his relatives on the day his beloved grandmother died aged 96.

The outlet reported that Charles, 73, called his son to say the former actress’ presence was “inappropriate.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry has reportedly snubbed his father, King Charles III, after his wife Meghan Markle was banned from a family gathering at Balmoral Castle.
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While there was no snub to the dinner, Harry and Meghan – who ignominiously stepped down from their royal duties in 2020 – faced a series of struggles during Elizabeth’s UK tribute.

Adding to the icy interactions with William and his wife Kate Middleton, the two were invited to — and later uninvited to — a state reception for world and foreign leaders last Friday.

King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla
According to The Sun, Charles considered Markle’s presence “inappropriate.”
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Page Six exclusively reported that they only found out after reading about the “rejection” in the press.

Harry, who served 10 years in the army, was also initially banned from wearing his military uniform at the Queen’s funeral – where he and Meghan kept their distance from William and Kate, both 40.

However, Charles eventually allowed Harry to wear the vigil uniform.

Harry was stripped of his military titles when he stepped down as a working member of the royal family.

In his first statement about his grandmother, he said: “Grandma, while this final parting brings us great sadness, I am eternally grateful for all our first encounters – from my earliest childhood memories with you, to meeting you for the first time as my commander-in-chief, until the first moment he met my dear wife and hugged his beloved great-grandchildren.

“I cherish these moments shared with you and the many other special moments in between. I already miss you so much.”

After freeing themselves from all royal duties, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – who share son Archie, 3, and daughter Lilibeth, 1 – have moved to Montecito, California. They flew back to the United States on Wednesday.


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