On Friday, September 8, Prince Harry paid an unexpected visit to Queen Elizabeth II’s grave at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. This marked the one-year anniversary of the Queen’s passing.
Soon after, Prince William and Kate were set to be at the same chapel for a memorial service commemorating the late queen.
As the memorial service was about to commence, images of Prince Harry departing the chapel appeared on various social media platforms.
St George’s Chapel is accessible to the public, and many did not foresee Prince Harry’s visit.
Meanwhile, Prince William was attending a previously scheduled event in Wales, roughly 230 miles away. News of this event surfaced right after photos of Harry at the chapel began to spread online.
Recent events, including this surprise visit, have cast light on the apparent friction between Prince Harry and other members of the royal family.
Choosing not to directly address the matter, a representative for the King remained silent. However, palace insiders have pointed out that various royal family members have visited the chapel in the past, individually and in private, to pay their respects. Indications are that the King did not find Prince Harry’s visit problematic.
Prince Harry, now a resident of California along with his wife Meghan, is currently in the U.K. for a series of charity engagements.
The prior evening, he was at the WellChild Awards in London. Reflecting on the previous year, he noted his absence from the awards due to the death of his grandmother. He expressed his sentiment that Queen Elizabeth would have appreciated his attendance at such events, emphasizing the importance of community solidarity.
There has been notable strain between Prince William and Prince Harry since Harry’s choice to distance himself from official royal responsibilities.
The release of Prince Harry’s memoir, “Spare,” escalated the tension. Within the book, he touches on conflicts with Prince William and also delves into personal details about Kate, Prince William’s spouse.