Will Prince Harry be in the UK on anniversary of the Queen’s death?

The first anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II‘s death is fast approaching – with the Prince and Princess of Wales expected to lead tributes to Her Late Majesty.

King Charles, meanwhile, will reportedly be spending his time ‘quietly and privately’ at Balmoral in Scotland, where the Queen passed away on September 8 last year at the age of 96. 

But while the Royal Family won’t be officially marking the day, it is thought Prince Harry could be in the UK on the anniversary of his grandmother’s death. 

The Duke of Sussex, 38, is set to fly out from California to London, where he will deliver a speech at the WellChild Awards on September 7.

It means he will likely be in the UK the day after before flying to Dusseldorf for the Invictus Games, which start on September 9, reported The Telegraph. He will be joined at the event by his wife Meghan Markle, 42, who is set to travel to Germany.

While the Royal Family won't be officially marking the day, it is thought Prince Harry (pictured with Meghan Markle in Windsor in September 2022) could be in the UK on the anniversary of his grandmother’s death

But Prince Harry is not planning on seeing King Charles or Prince William when he returns to Britain on the eve of the first anniversary of the Queen’s death and will not be accompanied by his wife Meghan Markle, it has been reported.

Harry has ‘no intention’ to see his brother or father during his whistle-stop stay, according to insiders.

Sources added that while the poignant date would be a good occasion for the family to ‘settle their differences’ in the ‘late Queen’s memory’ they claimed relations between the Duke, his brother and father, remain ‘firmly rooted at rock bottom’. 

In contrast to last years global outpouring of grief and days of state events, there are no public or private family gatherings planned for the anniversary of the Queen’s death.

This summer, the King and Queen are expected to spend the day in private reflection, as they continue on his mother’s tradition by staying at the castle, despite usually preferring Birkhall, his private residence on the estate. 

Prince Andrew is also expected to make an appearance at the Scottish residence, accompanied by his daughters. It is unknown if other royals will also visit the castle. 

Avoiding Scotland, the Duke will fly out to Dusseldorf for the Invictus Games which begin days later. 

The Duchess of Sussex, 42, will not be stopping off in the UK on her way to the games, instead flying straight into Germany from California, the Telegraph reported. 

The first anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's death is fast approaching - with the Prince and Princess of Wales expected to lead tributes to Her Late Majesty (pictured in 2017)

Speaking of the Prince’s quick stopover in the UK, an insider told the Mirror: ‘While some may suggest it would be good order for the family to settle their differences, perhaps even in the late Queen’s memory, things are a long way off.’

The source added relationships remain ‘firmly rooted at rock bottom’ following Prince Harry’s criticisms of King Charles, 74, and Prince William, 41, in his tell-all Netlfix documentary and explosive memoir Spare. 

The three royals were last seen together at the King’s Coronation on May 6 but Prince Harry flew home immediately after leaving the service at Westminster Abbey, missing much of the weekend’s celebrations. Meghan had not attended the Coronation. 

The last time the brothers were seen together with their wives was during a walkabout outside Windsor Castle following the Queen’s funeral in September.

Insiders have suggested that while Prince Harry will not see William or Charles, he could make time to see his cousins Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, who he has remained close with.  

While he is staying within the UK the Duke will need to either request to stay in an apartment on one of the royal estates, such as Windsor or find a hotel or friends to stay with, as he was evicted from Frogmore Cottage earlier this year. 

Prince Harry will return to the UK for a charity awards ceremony on the eve of the first anniversary of Queen Elizabeth¿s death. Pictured: The late Queen and Prince Harry together in 2019

There are no public events or private family gatherings planned for the anniversary of Queen Elizabeth's death. Pictured: Prince Harry, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, the King and Queen at the late monarch's funeral

Harry has been WellChild’s patron for 15 years and regularly attends its annual awards ceremony.

The 2022 WellChild awards took place on the day the Queen died, which saw the Duke and Duchess withdraw from the event as Harry flew to Scotland. 

A delay in his jet taking off meant he was airborne when news of his grandmother’s death was broken to the world.

Harry spoke highly of the charity: ‘For nearly 20 years, WellChild has been transforming the lives of young people… providing critical care that prioritises the physical, mental and emotional well-being of these individuals and their families.’

During the event, he will spend time with each winner and their families at a pre-ceremony reception before presenting the award for Inspirational Child (aged four to six) and delivering a speech.

Matt James, WellChild chief executive, said the awards ceremony will ‘shine a light on the ‘remarkable resilience and spirit’ of seriously ill youngsters.


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