King Charles ‘offered Prince Harry royal home’ for UK visit – but he ‘chose hotel instead’

Sources close to the Palace have fought back against claims King Charles would not see Prince Harry during his UK trip.

King Charles and Prince Harry’s respective camps appear to be in dispute over what really happened ahead of Harry’s trip to the UK this week to attend an Invictus Games celebratory service at St Paul’s Cathedral in London.

The Duke of Sussex reportedly asked to stay in a royal residence, before backtracking and choosing a hotel instead, with a source close to him claiming he had requested a meeting with his father.

But an insider close to the King hit back saying that even though the request was signed off, the visit never came to pass and Harry opted to stay elsewhere.

It was also reported that Harry had extended an invite to his extended family to attend the Invictus service, even though Charles was hosting a garden party at Buckingham Palace at the same time.

But a royal source countered this saying no such invitation had ever been received and that the King did not refuse to see his son in spite of the schedule clash.

Royal protocol dictates that the royals and the Home Office must be informed of a potential visit by the Duke of Sussex 28 days in advance in order for security measures to be discussed.

A spokesperson for the Duke said on Tuesday: “In response to the many inquiries and continued speculation on whether or not the Duke will meet with his father while in the UK this week, it, unfortunately, will not be possible due to His Majesty’s full program.

“The Duke of course is understanding of his father’s diary of commitments and various other priorities and hopes to see him soon.”

However, a source told The Times: “While he [Charles] was hardly going to roll out the red carpet the moment this Invictus trip was announced, with doctors advising him to focus on his treatment and recovery, the idea that he refused to find space in his diary… well, let’s say recollections may vary once again.”

But a friend of Harry’s claimed: “Even if they didn’t get a request, which I don’t believe, could His Majesty not have made a request to see his son? It was widely known he was coming.”

Another told the publication: “I was fully expecting them to meet. I know that’s what he wanted to happen and I don’t know when he’s next back.”

Harry last saw the King back in February when he flew over from Los Angeles last minute to see him upon learning of his cancer diagnosis.

The Duke later expressed his desire to spend more time with his family in an interview with Good Morning America, with the news that they would not be meeting this time taking many by surprise.

Royal expert Richard Palmer told MailOnline: “It’s surprising if the King and Harry are not meeting at all and perhaps a sign of how much bridge-building still needs to be done.

“There’s been much media speculation that father and son would meet. While that always looked like guessing, I’d have guessed they would meet too.”

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