Prince Harry swerves Charles during surprise UK visit as King is busy

Prince Harry won't meet up with dad King Charles while he's in the UK as the monarch is too "busy".

The Duke of Sussex arrived in London this morning (March 27) to attend a hearing at the High Court as part of a legal row against Associated Newspapers in what is thought to be his first visit to the UK since Queen Elizabeth II's funeral in September.

But despite being back on British soil, Harry isn't expected to see his father who doesn't have time for a visit with his son, the Daily Telegraph.

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Buckingham Palace said the King was not in Windsor or London and would not be in the UK for very long, as he plans to leave for a three-day state visit to Germany on Wednesday morning (March 29), the first visit of its kind since Charles ascended the throne.

Prince William and Kate Middleton, along with Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, are also not at Windsor at the moment because the children are currently on their Easter holidays.

Harry's hearing today was supposed to coincide with Charles and Queen Consort Camilla's state visit to France, which was due to begin yesterday (March 26) before being cancelled due to ongoing protests in the country.

The last-minute trip home also comes amid ongoing tension with the royals after Harry dished the dirt on his family in his recent memoir, Spare, which reportedly left the King and Queen Consort "furious" and "wearied".

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Some of Harry's more drastic claims against his family include that his brother had been physically aggressive towards him and that his dad didn't hug him following the death of his mother, Princess Diana.

In the wake of the row, Harry and wife Meghan Markle have been evicted from their Windsor home, Frogmore Cottage, and are expected to have left shortly after Charles' coronation just six weeks from now.

It is thought the Duke of Sussex could spend some of his time this side of the pond packing up some of the couple's possessions.

While sources have confirmed Harry and Meghan have been invited to the historic ceremony on May 6, there are still doubts over whether the pair will attend as their relationship with the royals remains strained.

Earlier this month a spokesman for the Sussexes said: "I can confirm The Duke has recently received email correspondence from His Majesty's office regarding the coronation.

"An immediate decision on whether The Duke and Duchess will attend will not be disclosed by us at this time."

In an ITV interview back in January, when presenter Tom Bradby asked Harry whether he planned to attend the coronation, he responded: "There's a lot that can happen between now and then. But, you know, the door is always open. The ball is in their court."

And there are already fears the duo could "exploit their popularity" Stateside to draw attention away from Charles should they choose to make an appearance.

Royal expert Tom Bower told the Sun last week: "Exploiting their popularity at the Coronation will boost Charles’s status. But that advantage will evaporate if the Duke and Duchess of Sussex grab the public’s attention over that weekend.

"Ever since Megxit, Meghan and Harry have humiliated the King and the Royal Family. Paralysed by fear and indecision, Charles has failed to suppress the Sussexes' vile vitriol.

"In calculating whether to allow the Sussexes to attend his Coronation, Charles has reverted to his familiar stance – dithering, worrying about his image."


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