Prince Harry sadly did not make it to Scotland in time to say goodbye to Queen Elizabeth II in person before she died on Thursday.
While others arrived around 4 p.m., Harry did not touch down until just before 8 p.m almost an hour and a half after Buckingham Palace announced his grandmother’s death.
“Absolutely no decision was taken to exclude [Harry],” one source told Page Six, amid reports claiming the royal, 37, was denied a seat on the plane carrying members of the royal family.
The source added that Harry’s father – now King Charles III – had already asked him and Prince William to rush to Balmoral to see the Queen amid her rapidly deteriorating health.
Because Harry arrived late – and without wife Meghan Markle – some reports speculated that ongoing tension with the royal family prompted the Duke of Sussex to travel solo.
However, sources told Page Six that Charles, 73, specifically asked William, 40, to fly up early and attend the Privy Council meeting in his place. At that time, it wasn’t clear what would happen over the next few hours.
“That’s why you didn’t see the other grandchildren as well on that flight,” the source noted.
As previously reported, Harry and Markle, 41, had been in the UK for charity work and were staying at their residence in Windsor when Charles allegedly made it clear that it wasn’t a good idea for the “Suits” alum to accompany him.
“Tensions were so high and there was no way Meghan could have gone to Balmoral,” apalace insider told us Friday.
“The fact the Sussex camp did say both Harry and Meghan were going — and then quickly retracted that statement — will tell you everything you need to know about the drama behind the scenes.”
It is believed that the last time Harry saw his grandmother in person was in June 2022, in celebration of Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee festivities.
Amid Queen Elizabeth’s death, Charles was instantly pronounced king. His new title was made official early Saturday as the UK continued to mourn their longest-reigning monarch.
Later in the day, Markle publicly reunited with Harry, William and Kate Middleton. The foursome was photographed taking in heartfelt tributes from fans across the nation.