Visit to Europe: Harry and Meghan don’t want to meet Prince Charles

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Invitation declined?
Harry and Meghan don’t want to meet Charles

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan are not seen too often in Europe. But now they are back. Not only do they visit Germany, but they also spend a few days in Harry’s British homeland. However, his family should hardly see the royal.

It had long been clear that Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan would be coming to Europe in early September. According to media reports, the two should have landed in Britain on Saturday. Apparently they don’t take the time for family gatherings here. They even turned down an invitation from Harry’s father, Prince Charles, the “Mirror” reports.

Citing an unnamed insider, the paper reports that Charles made an “open invitation” and said the couple were “always welcome.” The 73-year-old thought “it was a good opportunity for everyone to take stock and relax, but the invitation was declined,” the Mirror quoted his informant as saying.

Father and son are said to have had a strained relationship since Harry and Meghan’s royal retirement in 2020. The Duchess recently fed this assumption again in an interview with “The Cut” magazine: “Harry said to me, ‘I lost my father in this process’”, she was quoted as saying by the magazine. However, Omid Scobie, a close friend of the Sussexes, spoke later and said Meghan had been misunderstood. Her statement did not refer to Charles, but to her own father.

Also no meeting with William

While in the UK, Harry and Meghan are reportedly staying at their Windsor home, Frogmore Cottage. Harry’s brother, Prince William, and his wife, Duchess Kate, live in Adelaide Cottage, just a 15-minute walk away. Nevertheless, there are “no plans” for the brothers to meet, according to several British media outlets, citing insider information. The relationship between the two brothers is said to have been clouded.

“I think it’s likely that Catherine and William will try to avoid any contact with Harry and Meghan until they know the contents of Harry’s memoir and the Netflix documentary of the two,” royal expert Angela Levin speculated in an interview with “The sun”. Harry and Meghan have “missed their chance to be trustworthy”. They would “use every conversation”. In their statements about the royal family, they “exaggerated excessively” and were “rude,” Levin said.

After Harry and Meghan’s outrageous interview with talk show host Oprah Winfrey last year, Meghan also spoke unflatteringly about the royals in the “The Cut” interview. Harry’s memoirs and a previously announced Netflix documentary about the Sussexes are also eagerly awaited later this year.

Detour to Duesseldorf

Harry and Meghan are unlikely to visit the Queen on their current trip to Europe. Elizabeth II currently resides at her estate, Balmoral, in Scotland. “No precautions were taken” for a possible meeting between the queen and her grandson and his wife, the Mirror writes.

The couple have a tight schedule during their visit to Europe: they were due to attend the One Young World Summit in Manchester earlier this week. The two then travel to Germany. On Tuesday they have an appointment in Düsseldorf to prepare for the Invictus Games 2023 in the state capital of North Rhine-Westphalia. Then it’s back to the UK. The WellChild Awards will take place in London on Thursday.

It will be Harry’s first visit to his homeland with his wife since the Queen’s platinum jubilee celebrations in June. Since their retirement, the two have lived with their children Archie (3) and Lilibet (1) in Montecito, California.

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