There have been rumors that Prince Harry found out about the Queen’s death just five minutes before the announcement was made public, but Buckingham Palace has already attempted to debunk such speculations.
The Duke of Sussex allegedly found out about the demise of Queen Elizabeth II the same hour as Prime Minister Liz Truss did, as published by The Telegraph.
A rare statement disputing the allegation was issued by the Palace, in which a representative for King Charles insisted, “The public were only informed after every family member had been informed.”
According to reports, Harry only found out about the news a short time before the formal announcement was made, and that was due to communication challenges as he rushed to be with his family at the Queen’s bedside at Balmoral.
According to the Telegraph, “the King was emphatic that the official announcement must not be issued until all members of the family had been notified.”
In addition, it claims that the duke’s distance from the Royal Family was made clear by the events that unfolded in the hours following the Queen’s death.
The next day, the Queen sent a helicopter with the then-Prince Charles aboard to get him to Balmoral as soon as possible.
According to the Telegraph, he told his two boys that their grandma was in grave danger and that they needed to immediately leave everything behind and travel to Scotland to be with her.
According to the report, Harry received the call after the Prince of Wales did, making it impossible for him to get on a plane.
An hour had passed by the time Prime Minister Liz Truss eventually flew out at 5.35 p.m., with the news of the Queen’s death already well known.
A statement confirming Her Majesty’s death was sent by Buckingham Palace at 6:30 p.m., just before Harry’s aircraft landed safely in Aberdeen at 6:46 p.m.
According to the article, the statement wasn’t released until the King could reach him during the journey.