Prince Harry may have had every intention of phoning King Charles to wish him a happy 75th birthday, but it appears that a busy diary got in the way.
A well-placed source reveals that the story that Harry was going to make the call to the Palace originally came from people linked to the Sussex camp in an attempt to mop up the fallout from not being invited to the King’s 75th birthday celebrations.
But sources revealed that no such call took place yesterday – as Harry neglected to arrange a time that fitted with the King’s very busy schedule – which included two royal engagements and a private birthday party.
“News of a phone call came as a surprise. Let’s just say that,” the source said. “There might have been a willingness there for the Sussexes to call the King on his birthday, but it certainly wasn’t communicated to the other side in a timely fashion.”
Sources said there was no possible moment for the alleged call to take place.
“The King certainly didn’t take the call during the day while he was busy working,” the source said. “The evening was spent with his family and friends and he didn’t have a private moment all evening.”
Separate sources went further and said the King was aware Harry was ringing – but he refused to pick up the phone.
“There was no call, every time Harry calls his father, Charles waves the phone away,” they said. “He does not want to hear from him until he apologises.”
Buckingham Palace declined to comment at first but later suggested a call did, in fact, take place and another phone call is scheduled for next week.
The King spent his birthday helping to launch a project to help people face food poverty, followed by a Buckingham Palace reception for nurses and midwives as the NHS is turning 75 in the same year.