In a fresh development within the British royal family, Prince Harry has chosen not to accept an invitation from King Charles to join in the private celebration of the monarch’s 75th birthday. This decision highlights the ongoing distance between the Duke of Sussex and the royal family.
Sources including The Sunday Times have indicated that Prince Harry, 39, opted out of attending the modest celebration planned at Clarence House for his father’s significant milestone. This decision is seen as another indication of the strained ties between Harry and the royal establishment, particularly since his departure from royal duties in 2020 and subsequent public disclosures about family tensions.
The relationship between Harry and his father, King Charles, has been particularly scrutinized following a series of public revelations by Harry, including a candid interview with Oprah Winfrey, a Netflix documentary, and revelations in his memoir, “Spare.” These events have apparently cast long shadows over the father-son relationship.
King Charles, whose birthday falls on November 14, intends to mark the occasion with a select group of family members and friends. This is reportedly the second instance this year of Harry forgoing a personal invite from his father. Earlier, during a brief stopover in the UK for the WellChild Awards, Harry is said to have rejected a similar offer, choosing to spend the day privately before traveling to Germany for the Invictus Games.
Further complicating the family dynamics is a reported request from Harry for royal accommodations and security during his UK visit, which came amid the declining interaction between him and the royal family.
Despite the ongoing familial strain and Harry’s apparent refusal of the birthday invite, an associate close to the King shared with The Times that King Charles remains hopeful about reconciling, even though he is reportedly hurt by the current state of affairs. The King is described as determined to maintain familial bonds, with a belief in persevering through the difficult chapter, hoping for future resolution.
This news comes shortly after Prince Harry was seen with his wife, Meghan Markle, at a Katy Perry concert in Las Vegas, where they were spotted in a reserved VIP section along with other celebrities. The event closed Perry’s residency and provided a rare glimpse of the Sussexes in a public setting.