ROYAL – It’s revealed that even while Her Majesty slipped away, the King was dealing with another Prince Harry drama.
As it was
Prince Harry was not told his sister-in-law had personally decided against travelling to Balmoral when the late Queen was dying, a fascinating new biography reveals.
While the royal had raged at his father on the September day in 2022 when Charles asked him to come alone to Scotland, leaving wife Meghan behind, he was apparently pacified by the news that Kate was not going too.
Why Kate didn’t go to Balmoral
But what he didn’t know, royal biographer Robert Hardman now reveals, is that the king hadn’t actually asked Kate to stay away.
She had decided herself to remain at Adelaide Cottage in Windsor with her three children; Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
They were starting their new school, Lambrook, on September 8 and the Duchess of Cambridge she felt they needed one parent with them.
Why Prince William was in Scotland
Her husband, Prince William, was understandably racing up to Scotland to see his grandmother with the then Earl and Countess of Wessex and Duke of York.
‘It was by luck rather than judgement, but it made it a lot easier to tell Harry that he was coming alone,’ a royal aide says.
The book reveals more
The book also notes that, ‘like the late Duke of Edinburgh, she [Queen Elizabeth] did not like a queue of family well-wishers flocking to her bedside when ill’.
The revelation comes in a compelling new biography of the King, ‘Charles III: New King, New Court. The Inside Story,’ by the Daily Mail’s esteemed royal expert, Robert Hardman.
It details the dramatic story of the King’s accession to the throne and boasts unrivalled access to the Royal Family, their close friends, staff past and present, top politicians and previously unseen papers in the Royal Archives which are kept under lock and key.
While Harry plays a notably small part in the wider story, the book does details how, as the later Queen’s life slowly ebbed away, drama was brewing in the background.