Prince Harry was always extremely close to his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth. However, an explosive new book reveals that during the queen's final hours, Harry was kept in the dark about her health. In an exclusive excerpt from the book, author Omid Scobie provides an intimate account of Harry's journey to the queen's deathbed.
In September 2022, Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, visited the U.K. for a series of engagements. During their visit, Buckingham Palace announced that Queen Elizabeth, who was 96 years old at the time, had been advised by her doctors to rest. The following morning, the Sussexes were unaware that preparations were already being made for the queen's passing and the transition of the monarchy.
It was then that Harry's phone started ringing. An unknown number appeared on the screen. Harry usually ignored such calls, but Meghan encouraged him to answer. Just before it stopped ringing, he tapped accept. On the other end was his father, Prince Charles. Charles informed Harry that he and Camilla were on their way to Balmoral from Dumfries House, where Princess Anne was already with the queen. He urged Harry to make his way to Scotland immediately. Harry sent a text message to his brother, Prince William, inquiring about their travel plans, but received no response.
With no additional information from family members or palace aides, the Sussexes and their team had to navigate the situation alone. Harry felt completely isolated. No one was reaching out to him. It was heartbreaking for him to witness. In a desperate attempt to join his brother on his flight to Scotland, Harry tried to get in touch, but William ignored him. He felt unwanted, and it was clear his brother did not want to see him.
As Harry searched for a travel option, he managed to secure a private charter from Luton Airport for £37,000. With that, he embarked on his journey to Scotland. However, he had no way of knowing if the rumors of the queen's passing were true. His father did not carry a cellphone, and his brother refused to acknowledge his existence. Throughout his 70-minute flight, Harry remained in the dark, unable to receive updates due to his phone service being cut off.
Meanwhile, back on the ground, there was a dispute between the Sussexes' team and Buckingham Palace. The palace press office was eager to announce the news of the queen's death, but Harry's plane had not yet landed. At last, Harry's flight touched down, and he received a text from Meghan, followed by a breaking news alert from the BBC News app. It was only then that he learned of the queen's passing.
When Harry arrived at Balmoral, Princess Anne welcomed him warmly and led him to the queen's room, where he had a private moment to pay his respects. He had hoped to see his father and express his condolences, but he was informed that Charles, William, and Camilla had already left for Birkhall together. Once again, Harry was left out. He spent the night in his room, exhausted and emotionally drained. With no invitation to join his brother and the others in the morning, Harry decided to book his own flight back to California.
In the months that followed the queen's funeral, the rift between Harry and William widened. Despite attending their father's coronation,