Furious Harry claims he was ‘not invited’ on plane taking Royal Family to see dying Queen
The Duke of Sussex claimed he was “not invited” on the plane that took several members of the Royal Family from southern England to Scotland as the Queen was dying on September 8. In a new, bombshell interview with US journalist Anderson Cooper for CBS’s 60 Minutes, Prince Harry recalled arriving alone at Balmoral Castle, hours after his elder brother Prince William.
The Prince of Wales had travelled north of the border alongside Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex.
In a lengthy sit-down released on Sunday night, just hours before the official release of the Duke’s memoir Spare, Harry claimed: “I asked my brother… I said, ‘What are your plans? How are you and Kate getting up there?’ And then, a couple of hours later, you know, all of the family members that live within the Windsor and Ascot area were jumping on a plane together, a plane with 12, 14, maybe 16 seats.”
Mr Cooper then asked Harry whether he had not been invited to get on that plane, to which Harry replied by claiming: “I was not invited”.
Harry carried on remembering the momentous day, revealing he was welcomed at Balmoral Castle by his aunt Princess Anne.
Referring to Prince Philip, who died in April 2021, Harry added: “She’d completed life, and her husband was…. was waiting for her. And the two of them are buried together.”
Prince Harry also recounted the day of his grandmother’s death in another interview, also aired on Sunday.
Speaking to ITV’s broadcaster Tom Bradby, he claimed: “The day that she died was just a really, really horrible reaction from my family members.
“And then by all accounts, well certainly from what I saw and what other people probably experienced, was they were on the back foot and then the briefings and the leaking and the planting.
“I was like, ‘We’re here to celebrate the life of granny and to mourn her loss, can we come together as a family?’ but I don’t know how we collectively – how we change that.”
The late Queen died aged 96 at 3.10pm on September 8, with Princess Anne and King Charles at her bedside.
Both William and Harry arrived at the royal Scottish residence after the death of their grandmother.
Prince William was spotted driving a car carrying also his uncles Edward and Andrew and aunt Sophie into the Scottish estate at around 5.05pm, almost two hours after Her Majesty’s death.
Harry was seen arriving at Balmoral on that same evening, at approximately 8.30pm.
Express.co.uk has contacted Kensington Palace and Buckingham Palace for comment.
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