Prince Harry desperately tried to make it to his grandmother’s bedside to say farewell — but only found out that she had died by reading online reports.
According to multiple palace sources who talked to Page Six, one highly placed Buckingham Palace insider said Harry had been called to Scotland by his father, the new King Charles III, in the morning. However, another palace source confirmed that no one from the royal family, or any courtiers, actually called Harry to tell him of the monarch’s death — leaving him to find out from news reports when he landed late in the afternoon.
Harry and Markle reportedly returned to their home in Montecito, Calif., on Wednesday to be reunited with their children, 3-year-old Archie and Lilibet, 1. One insider stated: “I think that how Harry and Meghan showed up in the past few days shows they were only hoping to do the right thing and right by everyone.”
Asked whether Harry and his brother, Prince William, have truly mended fences, palace sources confirmed the two did talk at family dinners and gatherings.
It was added: “Big families always go through drama, always go through turmoil. It remains to be seen — are they going to be drawn closer together or are they going to be drawn apart? … I have no inside information on that, but I will tell you this: It was good to see Harry standing with his family.”
The Queen’s passing has led to an attempt by family members to thaw the ice between Harry and his family — particularly Charles and William — but there were moments over the past two weeks when the palace’s decision to stick to protocol showed how awkward things remain.
We will have to see how the ice gets thawed between Harry and the family from here on out.