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Prince Harry’s decision not to 'privately visit' Queen after Philip's death sparks US rage

Prince Harry’s ‘slap in the face’ to Queen discussed by expert

Harry and Meghan Markle have had a busy past few months launching their post-royal careers. They are also grappling with a flood of publicity after starring in a string of interviews. In each, they spoke candidly of their time with The Firm, several times accusing the family of things like failing to help Meghan with her mental health struggles and racism against their newborn, Archie.

These allegations came during their talk with US star Oprah Winfrey, who is known to be a close friend of the couple.

The timing of the interview, and the others that followed, could not have been worse.

A month after the interview aired, Harry's grandfather, Prince Philip, sadly passed away.

Throwing his schedule upside down, Harry made arrangements to fly to the UK to attend the funeral that took place on April 17.

Prince Harry: The Duke was condemned for not visiting the Queen privately during Philip's death

Prince Harry: The Duke was condemned for not visiting the Queen privately during Philip's death (Image: GETTY)

Private lives: Harry and Meghan have been busy carving out post-royal lives for themselves

Private lives: Harry and Meghan have been busy carving out post-royal lives for themselves (Image: GETTY)

Despite having made the journey in the face of a number of coronavirus restrictions, many have remained highly critical of the royal's handling of the death - particularly in the US, where some commentators were enraged.

Maureen Callahan, writing in the New York Post, condemned Harry after she claimed he had not privately visited the Queen during the time of mourning.

She wrote: "Harry, once the Queen’s favourite grandchild, never visited with her privately before or after the recent burial of her husband, Prince Philip.

"Whether he asked and was denied or never even tried, the public perception is the same.

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Royal Family: Harry was once believed to be the Queen's favourite grandchild

Royal Family: Harry was once believed to be the Queen's favourite grandchild (Image: GETTY)

"Harry’s relationship with the Queen, once so close, has been grievously harmed by his and Meghan’s repeated public betrayals."

It was initially unclear if Harry would be able to make the long journey from California to the UK.

At the time, travellers from the US were required to quarantine for two weeks.

With Philip's death on April 7 and his funeral just ten days later, on normal grounds Harry would have been unable to make the funeral.

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Prince Philip funeral: Despite taking place under lockdown the funeral was a grand affair

Prince Philip funeral: Despite taking place under lockdown the funeral was a grand affair (Image: GETTY)

Royal funeral: Harry and William pictured at Philip's funeral

Royal funeral: Harry and William pictured at Philip's funeral (Image: GETTY)

However, due to a caveat in the law he was able to leave quarantine for a short period of time to see his grandfather off.

The rule allowed individuals on "compassionate grounds" to attend events like funerals even if they have not completed their quarantine.

And while Ms Callahan suggested the Duke did not visit the Queen, others have claimed to the contrary.

Omid Scobie, a friend of Meghan and Harry and author of their biography, 'Finding Freedom', reported that sources close to the Prince said he had had private meetings with his grandmother.

Philip timeline: The Duke sadly passed away aged 99

Philip timeline: The Duke sadly passed away aged 99 (Image: Express Newspapers)

Mr Scobie, who is also the royal editor for Harper's Bazaar, quoted a source who said the trip "broke the ice" for future conversations.

The source added: "This trip was to honour the life of his grandfather and support his grandmother and relatives.

"It was very much a family-focused period of time.

"Saturday broke the ice for future conversations but outstanding issues have not been addressed at any great length.

The Me You Can't See: Harry speaking during his new Apple TV series

The Me You Can't See: Harry speaking during his new Apple TV series (Image: Apple TV )

"The family simply put their issues to one side to focus on what mattered."

However, it is unclear to what extent the breaking of the ice lasted after Harry appeared in an episode of the podcast, Armchair Expert not a month later.

It was here that he blamed his father, Prince Charles' upbringing by the Queen and Philip for having negatively tainted his own childhood, describing it as "genetic pain and suffering".

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