King Charles told Prince Harry his wife was not welcome at Balmoral on the day the Queen died, according to the latest bombshell claim from the Duke of Sussex’ memoirs.
Enraged by Charles’ perceived snub, Harry retorted: ‘Don’t ever speak about my wife that way!’, prompting the now-King to offer an apology.
It is just one of many shocking revelations made by the Duke in his memoirs, a copy of which leaked days before its UK publication date of January 10.
The death of Queen Elizabeth II: A timeline of how events played out on September 8
12:35 pm: A statement is released by Buckingham Palace, announcing that the Queen is under medical supervision at Balmoral after doctors became ‘concerned for her health’.
12:47 pm: A statement is released by Clarence House, confirming that Prince Charles and his wife Camilla would travel to Balmoral.
12:48 pm: A minute later, Kensington Palace announces that Price William will be travelling to Balmoral.
1:37 pm: It is reported that Prince Andrew is travelling to Balmoral Castle in Scotland.
1:38 pm: Sources confirm The Princess Royal is at Balmoral.
1:55 pm: A spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex confirms that the couple will be ‘travelling to Scotland’.
4:14 pm: A news alert says the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are believed to be travelling to Balmoral ‘separately’ from other royals.
4:39 pm: Less than 30 minutes later, an unnamed source says the Duchess of Sussex will not travel to Balmoral with the Duke of Sussex. The source says that Prince Harry will make the trip by himself.
4:44 pm: Omid Scobie writes on Twitter: ‘A source has shared an update stating that only Prince Harry has made the trip up to Balmoral. Like the Duchess of Cambridge, the Duchess of Sussex is staying back in England.’
6:30 pm: The Royal Family announces via social media site Twitter that Queen has died ‘peacefully’ at Balmoral at the age of 96.
After 6:30 pm: Prince Harry is believed to have arrived at Balmoral following the public announcement of the Queen’s death.
Harry, 38, and Meghan, 41, were in London for to attend the WellChild Awards ceremony when the Queen’s health deteriorated at her home in Scotland.
At 1:55 pm on September 8, just 90 minutes after Buckingham Palace announced the Queen was unwell, a spokesperson confirmed the couple would travel to Balmoral together.
But just hours later at 4.39pm, a clarification was issued stating the Duke would be travelling alone.
He flew via private jet to Scotland alone, and arrived at Balmoral shortly after the Queen’s death was publicly announced.
Harry has now claimed that during this window, he was give direct instructions from then-Prince Charles not to bring Meghan.
In a moving passage in his autobiography, the Duke describes how he learned of the Queen’s passing after checking the BBC news website.
But was incensed at his father’s request that he leave the Duchess of Sussex behind.
At the time, a source claimed Harry was still at Frogmore cottage when he received a call from his father asking for Meghan to stay at home.
‘Charles told Harry that it wasn’t right or appropriate for Meghan to be in Balmoral at such a deeply sad time,’ a source said.
‘It was pointed out to him that Kate was not going and that the numbers really should be limited to the very closest family.’
Upon arriving at Balmoral, Harry was greeted by Anne, the Princess Royal, who then took him upstairs to a room where the late Sovereign was lying.
He detailed how he told her he hoped she was happy, and that he admired her.
The Duke left Balmoral after 12 hours of mourning alongside his father and brother. He was pictured alone in the back of a Range Rover on his way to Aberdeen airport at 9:20 am on September 9.
In Spare, Harry outlined a number of conversations he shared with his father and now-King in which Charles is said to have expressed negative feelings towards Meghan.
In one sensational claim, Harry accused his father of worrying he’d be ‘overshadowed’ by Hollywood star Meghan and voicing concerns about having to support her financially.
Harry said Charles warned him his family was ‘not made of money’, and he could not afford to support anyone else.
But Harry felt Charles’ concern was less rooted in economics and more to do with jealousy.
The Prince said he considered sarcastically telling his father the cost of providing Meghan with food and shelter was minimal, given that she did not have a large appetite and could make her own clothes.
Instead, Harry said it was obvious his father couldn’t stand someone who would ‘take centre stage’, according to The Daily Telegraph’s interpretation of the memoir.
The King is said to be hopeful of one day reconciling with his youngest son in spite of the claims levelled against him in the book in the hopes that Harry will attend his Coronation on May 6.
Other shocking revelations made in Harry’s autobiography include details of an alleged physical altercation between William and Harry, an explanation of the feud between Meghan and Kate, and the admission the Duke took cannabis, magic mushrooms and cocaine.
The Royal Family has so far remained silent on the explosive claims, and palace sources say the mud slinging must come to an end before any reconciliation could take place.
King Charles feared being ‘overshadowed’ by Meghan Markle and was worried about having to pay for her upkeep as he said Royal Family is ‘not made of money’, Prince Harry says
King Charles feared being ‘overshadowed’ by Meghan Markle and expressed concerns about having to support her financially, according to Prince Harry.
Charles said he was already worried about the cost of helping William and Kate as Harry’s relationship with Meghan blossomed – and asked whether the Suits actress wanted to continue in her profession, the duke claimed.
In his Spare memoirs, Harry said Charles warned him his family was ‘not made of money’, and he could not afford to support anyone else.
But Harry felt Charles’s concern was less rooted in economics and more to do with jealousy.
The Duke of Sussex said that his father had a healthy income from the ‘lucrative’ Duchy of Cornwall estate.
And he added that Charles did not support either the Sussexes or the Cambridges financially, with the exception of gifts.
He said those gifts were in recognition of his sons’ dedication in carrying out royal engagements.
But Harry likened the set-up to being kept ‘in a golden cage’, unable to move and being ‘fed and clothed’ in return by their guards.
The prince said he considered telling his father the cost of providing Meghan with food and shelter was minimal, given that she did not have a large appetite and could make her own clothes.
Instead, Harry wrote that it became obvious that his father ‘couldn’t stand’ someone who would ‘take centre stage’. He felt convinced Charles was concerned Meghan would ‘overshadow’ him and Camilla.
The reality, Harry claims to have realised, was the King could not face ‘a novel and resplendent’ royal who would take the limelight from him and Camilla and ‘dominate the monarchy’, according to The Daily Telegraph’s interpretation of the memoirs which prematurely went on sale in Spain this week.
The duke said his father experienced such a thing before, and ‘had no interest’ in letting it happen to him again.
The book does not explicitly state who had previously overshadowed his father, although Harry’s mother Diana, the late Princess of Wales, was dubbed the People’s Princess due to her strong affinity with the public.
Charles is believed to be worth £900million after the death of his beloved mother Queen Elizabeth last year. Meanwhile, his son William, now Prince of Wales, is predicted by The Sunday Times to be worth £1billion after inheriting his father’s Duchy of Cornwall estate.
In addition, Harry and Meghan are estimated to be worth £20million, although brand experts have said that their new life in the US, coupled with their royal connection, could earn them many times that number.
According to the latest figures, the Royal Family’s cash and assets have been estimated to be between £20billion and £24billion.
However, this includes £1.4billion of property such as Buckingham Palace, which only belongs to the monarch in an official capacity.
The Crown Estate of property and land is worth £16.5billion.