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Rosaleen Fenton & Michelle Cullen

Prince Harry's uniform snub, invitation row and lonely flight to Balmoral before early exit

Royal fans were hopeful that an end to the long-running feud between brother Prince William and Prince Harry was n sight after the two reunited for the first time in months to mourn the loss of their grandmother.

Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle also joined their husbands for an unannounced walkabout which saw the couples show a united front as they chatted to well-wishers outside Windsor Castle.

However, there was no eye contact between the brothers as they walked behind the Queen's coffin, and Kate and Meghan also appeared to be keeping their gazes apart.

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Harry was not permitted to wear his military uniform alongside other royals attending the funeral. Instead, he wore a morning suit with his medals pinned to it.

Prince Harry at vigil (

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex sat behind the King at the ceremony in Westminster Abbey, with some suggesting that the seating arrangements were to stop cameras from gaining shots of the two brothers together close up.

Now it has been reported that the Duke will soon be travelling back to California, where he now lives, with Meghan and their two children.

Uniform row

Upon request from the King, Harry wore military uniform for the vigil of the grandchildren for the first time since 2020.

The U-turn came after it was announced that the Prince, who served in the Army for ten years, would be refused the right to wear uniform at the ceremonial events.

However, his spokesperson said the 38-year-old would "wear a morning suit throughout events honouring his grandmother" instead, insisting that his decade of military service "was not determined by the uniform he wears."

It was then reported over the weekend that he told a friend: "People need to stop talking about this stuff and focus on my grandmother."

But after the initial snub was reversed, the royal was reportedly "devastated" at having to remove the 'ER' symbol from his military uniform as he held vigil by her coffin - even though Prince William was allowed to keep his.

Prince William and Prince Harry alongside their cousin Peter Phillips arrive at Westminster Abbey (

A close friend told The Sunday Times: "He is heartbroken. To remove his grandmother's initials feels very intentional."

Reports suggested that Harry nearly decided to wear a morning suit, after all, to avoid "humiliation".

But it doesn't seem to have been an intentional snub as the initials are traditionally only worn by those 'in service' of the monarch.

The Duke of Sussex has worn civilian clothes at public events since the Queen died, after stepping back as a working royal two years ago.

Invitation snub

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were also reportedly uninvited to the pre-funeral reception hosted by King Charles III on Sunday evening.

The couple has received an invite to the reception for world leaders and foreign royals but didn't attend palace officials insisted it was for working members of the Royal family only.

A body language expert says Prince William and Harry stood out at the Queen's vigil (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

The Telegraph reported that it was unclear why they were invited to an event that aides insisted they were not expected to attend.

Sources close to the appeared 'baffled' over the affair, with a royal source telling Page Six: "Harry and Meghan actually got the invitation, and no-one has actually told them they are uninvited."

Another insider told the site: "I'm told they only found out they were uninvited by reading press reports."

Trip to Balmoral

The King and the Princess Royal were the only senior members of the Royal Family to make it to Balmoral as they were already in Scotland, the Telegraph reported.

Royals rushed to make it to the monarch's side after she suddenly declined - prompting Buckingham Palace to issue a rare statement on her health.

Prince Andrew and Prince Harry are not wearing military uniform (SKY)

The Prince of Wales, the Duke of York and the Earl and Countess of Wessex flew from RAF Northolt before William drove them from the airport to the castle.

The Duke of Sussex was also en route to Balmoral but travelled alone - and it is believed he was mid-air when Buckingham Palace announced at 6.30pm that the Queen had died and arrived 90 minutes later after his flight left 20 minutes late.

A source told the Telegraph that King Charles told the Duke of Sussex that the Queen had died five minutes before Buckingham Palace released the official announcement.

A royal source said: "Everybody was trying to get where they needed to be," the source said. "That was the focus. And the King was adamant that the official statement must not be released until all members of the family had been informed. That was a father talking because he cares."

Harry was photographed driving to join his family and reportedly spent the evening at the castle, away from Prince William and his father, who dined separately.

Prince Harry was the first to leave Balmoral on Friday morning, driven out of the gates at 8.20am.

He later boarded a British Airways flight from Aberdeen to Heathrow and is thought to have returned to Frogmore Cottage , Windsor, where the Duchess of Sussex was waiting for him.


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