Although Prince Harry is in London this week, a royal reunion is not on the cards, with his father, King Charles, reportedly too busy to see him during his visit.
The California-based Duke of Sussex is in the UK for a pre-trial hearing against Associated Newspapers at London’s High Court, where he is one of several high-profilers alleging the network engaged in unlawful means to obtain information about them.
Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL) is the publisher of the Daily Mail, the Mail on Sunday and MailOnline, and other claimants in the hearing include Elton John and Elizabeth Hurley.
But despite this being Harry’s first return to the UK since attending the funeral for his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, there are reportedly no plans in place for him to see his family.
According to The Telegraph, Prince Harry did inform his father that he would pay a visit to London for the trial, but was told that the King would be “too busy” to see him. This comes after the King’s planned trip to France was cancelled due to rioting over pension reforms.
A royal insider reportedly told the publication, “He won’t see the King whose diary is jam packed, the monarch is in Germany this week and has prior engagements in the diary.”
“Prince Harry has contacted his father’s office and has already been told he was too busy,” they added.
The Telegraph also reported that Kate and William, as well as their three children, were away for the Easter holidays, so would not be arranging a catch up with Prince Harry.
Per Harper’s Bazaar, Harry is reportedly also staying at Frogmore Cottage during his visit, the Sussex’s official United Kingdom residence, which the King requested he and wife Meghan Markle vacate earlier this month. In response to rumours of their eviction, a spokesperson for the couple said, “We can confirm the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been requested to vacate their residence at Frogmore Cottage.”
Harry’s UK visit comes just one month before the King’s Coronation is due to take place, with Harry and Meghan’s attendance still uncertain.