King Charles' ultimate snub as Prince Harry makes surprise UK appearance: 'Too busy'

Prince Harry made an unexpected visit back to the UK, just weeks before his father's coronation.

Prince Harry made a surprise appearance in London yesterday for a hearing against publishers Associated Newspapers, over alleged phone-tapping and other breaches of privacy.

However, while he was back in his homeland and just minutes away from his father’s abode of Buckingham Palace, a source has claimed he wouldn’t be visiting either his dad, King Charles, or his brother, Prince William.

The King is due to fly to Germany on Wednesday morning, meaning he was in the UK at the same time as his son.

Prince Harry giving the thumbs up
Prince Harry made a surprise appearance in a UK court. Photo: Getty Images

“He won’t see the King whose diary is jam packed, the monarch is in Germany this week and has prior engagements in the diary,” a royal insider told the UK’s Telegraph.

“Prince Harry has contacted his father’s office and has already been told he was too busy.”


Harry has brought a lawsuit against Associated Newspapers alongside other famous figures including singer Elton John, his husband and filmmaker David Furnish and actors Elizabeth Hurley and Sadie Frost. The hearing is expected to last four days.

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King Charles was reportedly 'too busy' to see his youngest son. Photo: Getty Images

The 38-year-old Prince’s appearance in London comes just after it was reported that he and his wife, Meghan Markle, want to be part of the "special family moment" after King Charles' coronation on May 6, where members of the royal family gather on the balcony at Buckingham Palace.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are said to be keen to attend the coronation, which is the same day as their son Prince Archie's fourth birthday.

Prince Harry walking out of court
Prince Harry was in the UK for a hearing against the publisher of the Daily Mail newspaper, Associated Newspapers, over alleged phone-tapping and other breaches of privacy. Photo: Getty Images
Prince Harry walking away from court in London
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have not confirmed whether or not they will attend King Charles' May 6th coronation. Photo: Getty Images

Usually, only working members of the royal family make an appearance on the balcony at Buckingham Palace, however, Harry and Meghan have hopes they can join in, OK! reports.

A source told the publication that discussions have been ongoing about the Duke and Duchess' involvement in the coronation, including whether or not they and their children, Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet, will appear on the balcony.


The publication reports that the balcony has become a "sticking point", adding: "Harry and Meghan are keen that they too should be a part of that special family moment."

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are yet to confirm if they intent to attend the coronation on May 6th.

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