'The rift in the royal family could not be wider': Royal experts slam Harry and ... trends now

'The rift in the royal family could not be wider': Royal experts slam Harry and ... trends now
'The rift in the royal family could not be wider': Royal experts slam Harry and ... trends now

'The rift in the royal family could not be wider': Royal experts slam Harry and ... trends now

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been slammed for their 'inappropriate timing'  after they spoke out about King Charles on the same day that he made the first King's Speech in more than 70 years. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex claimed they had received 'no contact' from Buckingham Palace about His Majesty's 75th birthday party, just hours before Charles held the State Opening of Parliament.

A spokesperson for the couple made the remarks after a report in the Sunday Times claiming Harry had snubbed an invitation from his father to join them at a party next week, claiming it was 'misreported' by the paper.

However, a friend of the couple also suggested the Palace could have leaked the 'snubbing' story to take away attention from the recent royal visit to Kenya, where the King faced calls to apologise for Britain's colonial past.

The remark has been criticised by royal experts who said tour of Kenya had been 'extremely successful' and called the timing of the intervention 'particularly inappropriate'.

Prince Harry (pictured, centre with his wife at the Queen's funeral) has reportedly not spoken to his father, King Charles III, for a long time. The Duke of Sussex's spokesman has denied he snubbed his father's 75th birthday

Prince Harry (pictured, centre with his wife at the Queen's funeral) has reportedly not spoken to his father, King Charles III, for a long time. The Duke of Sussex's spokesman has denied he snubbed his father's 75th birthday

King Charles and Queen Camilla sit in the House of Lords during the State Opening of Parliament on Tuesday

King Charles and Queen Camilla sit in the House of Lords during the State Opening of Parliament on Tuesday

Harry and Meghan pictured at a Katy Perry concert in Las Vegas on Saturday, November 4

Harry and Meghan pictured at a Katy Perry concert in Las Vegas on Saturday, November 4

They also claimed that suggestions the party story was leaked were 'rubbish' and that His Majesty has 'always made it clear that his door is always open' to the Sussexes should they want reconciliation. 

The remarks came hours before Charles made his first address at the State Opening of Parliament since becoming king , and the first time a male monarch has done so since 1950.

This has been criticised by royal experts, who bemoaned that the remarks were taking attention away from His Majesty on a special occasion for the monarchy.

Richard Fitzwilliams told MailOnline: 'When he opened Parliament today, King Charles paid tribute to the late Queen. It was a historic occasion, the first time a king had opened Parliament since 1950. George V1 was ill in 1951.

'The very same day, with particularly inappropriate timing, the Sussexes are back in the news. They deny a report in the Sunday Times that they turned down an invitation to the King's 75th birthday. Harry, an insider tells us, will reach out to his father privately. 

'A source has also suggested that the report was timed to distract attention away from the recent trip by King Charles and Queen Camilla to Kenya. The king certainly performed a sensitive balancing act when visiting an important ally in Africa. 

'The visit, however, has been regarded as a success and this attitude shows the level of the Sussexes sense of entitlement. 

'It brings to mind Meghan's claim in an interview in The Cut magazine that she had been told by an unnamed member of the cast of the Lion King that there was rejoicing in South Africa when they married, similar to when Nelson Mandela was released from prison. This was obviously nonsense but it spoke volumes that she said it.'

He added that the 'hard work' put in by Charles and Camilla during the four-day tour of Kenya 'are obviously as nothing compared to the Sussexes personal feelings'.

Mr Fitzwilliams said: 'The rift in the royal family could not be wider and bemused courtiers must be wondering what comes next. Lets us hope that the reported four book deal with Random House does not lead to another memoir. 

'Also, Netflix, when The Crown is over, may regard Harry and Meghan as expendable if they continue to produce so little. Polls in America indicate people are seeing through them. 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have bitterly fallen out with the rest of his family over the last few years, since they quit frontline royal duties and emigrated to California

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have bitterly fallen out with the rest of his family over the last few years, since they quit frontline royal duties and emigrated to California

A source close to the couple said Harry (pictured at his father's coronation) and Meghan had not received an invitation to King Charles' birthday plans

A source close to the couple said Harry (pictured at his father's coronation) and Meghan had not received an invitation to King Charles' birthday plans

King Charles is set to celebrate his 75th birthday with a bash at Clarence House next week

King Charles is set to celebrate his 75th birthday with a bash at Clarence House next week 

'When he turns 75, it will a painful moment when King Charles gets that message from his errant son-if he does!'

Meanwhile, former royal correspondent Phil Dampier said arguments over a birthday invitation were 'to some extent irrelevant' and that the Sussexes are in a 'PR war'.

He said: 'The King has always made it clear that his door is always open to his wayward son and I'm sure if he wanted to come over for any celebration he would be welcomed.

'I'm not saying there wouldn't be a difficult atmosphere, and William and Kate might find it hard to swallow.

'But Charles has always made it clear that long term he wants a reconciliation to the benefit of all concerned.

'That's the way his mother the late Queen would have approached it and he is doing the same.

'It's not true to say the visit by the King and Queen to Kenya didn't go well, on the contrary it was extremely successful and the hosts graciously accepted his

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