‘This won’t go down well’ Prince Harry risks alienating fans with Queen snub

Prince Harry needs to ‘stay on board with the Queen’ says expert

Prince Harry has not returned to the UK since he made the trip to London for the unveiling of a statue dedicated to his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, in July 2021. Speculation has surrounded whether he will return to home turf for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, after he missed the memorial service for his late grandfather, Prince Philip, last month.

But the Duke of Sussex is expected to make an appearance at the Invictus Games in the Hague later this month.

Royal author Ian Lloyd has claimed that if the Duke makes the trip to Europe, and does not stop off to visit his grandmother, royal fans will not look favourably on him.

He told Newsweek: “[Harry] needs to be aware that in America they quite like family values and so he would need to be aware that if he apparently snubs the queen by not visiting, I don’t think it would go down well in Britain or in America.”

Prince Harry helped found the Invictus Games, and is a patron of the Invictus Games Foundation.

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Prince Harry has not returned to the UK since July 202` (Image: GETTY)

The Games have been two years in the making, delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and use “the power of sport to inspire recovery” for injured servicemen and women.

They will run from Saturday, April 16 until Friday, April 22.

This will be the fifth year the Games have invited competitors.

Prince Harry has not confirmed his attendance at the event in the Netherlands, but royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams said it would “make sense” for him to make a detour to Windsor Castle should he cross the Atlantic.

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Prince Harry has not confirmed his attendance at the event in the Netherlands (Image: Getty)

He said: “We know that he is very fond of his grandmother.”

He added: “It is an opportunity which I think he ought to take.”

Mr Lloyd urged the Duke “to call in” to Windsor, should he have the opportunity, adding: “It would be very embarrassing if he didn’t.”

He continued: “The problem is the case regarding security with the Home Office.”

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex moved to the US in 2020 (Image: Getty)

The Duke became embroiled in a High Court battle last year after being told he would not receive the “same degree” of security when returning from the US.

Prince Harry had offered to pay for the personal security detail himself.

The Duke has said he wants to bring his and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s, two children across when he makes the journey from California to London.

But Prince Harry insisted he “does not feel safe” to do so without the police protection he seeks.

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Harry is patron of the Games (Image: Getty)

Mr Fitzwilliams raised the issue of how the Duke and Duchess becoming “estranged” from family members would come to look in the public eye.

He said: “On the one hand Meghan is estranged from her family—apart from her mother—and they’ve both become estranged from the Royal Family.

“It begins to look strange.

“No one knows what may happen in the coming months, and with the relationships between the Sussexes and the royals being as they are—there’s a rift, we know there is.

“It would be within everyone’s interests if the rift was at least partially resolved.”

The move must be considered in light of Prince Harry’s failure to attend Prince Philip’s Service of Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey, both experts argued.

Mr Lloyd said: “His failure to attend the memorial service for Prince Philip was quite a notable absence when you think he was the only one of the eight grandchildren not to make it.”

Mr Fitzwilliams added: “You can understand Harry’s position after the terrifying experience with his mother,” but qualified his position by saying that “not attending the service of thanksgiving to Prince Philip was extraordinary”.

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