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Caroline Barry & Jennifer Newton

Prince Harry says there was a 'horrible reaction' from the royal family the day the Queen died

Prince Harry claims that he got a 'really horrible reaction' from the royal family members on the day that the Queen died. The Queen died in September with family members racing to make it back in time.

Some members of the royal family including Prince Andrew, Edward and Sophie Wessex were unable to make it despite getting last-minute flights to Scotland. Harry was in the UK at the time and took a separate flight as detailed in a tell-all interview this weekend on ITV, reports The Mirror.

News at Ten host Tom Bradby interviewed Harry about the last time he met his relatives. Harry reflected on the experience before revealing that the funeral was the last time they were all together.

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He said: "The last moment that we were together was during, you know, our – or the – Queen’s funeral. And that, in my mind – and I think globally people felt the same – was a really good opportunity to bring the family together.

"Um, but the day that she died was – was – 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 – I don’t know how we collectively – how we change that."

ITV Prince Harry interview (ITV)

Tom also asked Harry if he would like to send a message to his brother William in case he was watching the interview. Harry was also asked if he thought his brother would read his new memoir Spare which is due to be released this week.

He did reply with: "I don’t think – I don’t think my father or brother will read the book. I really hope they do. But I don’t think they will.

"And with regard to this interview I – I don’t know whether they’ll be, you know, watching this or not, but, what they have to say to me, and what I have to say to them will be in private, and I hope it can stay that way."

Some of the content of Spare has already been shared by the public including claims that 'Meghan was not welcome' at Balmoral. Allegedly the king asked Harry not to bring his wife.

Harry said to his father: "Don't ever speak about my wife that way," according to the memoir. He also recounted his final words to the queen as he visited her body.

Harry said: "I whispered that I hoped she was happy and that she was with grandfather now. I said that I admired her for having carried out her duties until the end: the Jubilee, the welcoming of the new Prime Minister."

The interview on ITV from Sunday (January 8) is the first of four controversial interviews about his tell-all memoir ahead of the book’s launch on Tuesday, January 10.

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