A dramatic royal rift has emerged behind-the-scenes between senior members of the British monarchy and its exiled scion Prince Harry.
Harry has been accused of snubbing his ailing grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, over a legal dispute regarding whether or not he can have tax-payer funded security and protection while in Britain.
A spokesperson for Prince Harry, who is married to Meghan Markle and now lives in California, confirmed last week that he would be skipping a service for his grandfather Prince Philip — who died in April 2021 at 99 years old — at Westminster Abbey on March 29.
Meanwhile, just two weeks later, he is reportedly set to attend the Invictus Games starting in the Netherlands.
“How can Harry avoid paying respects to his grandfather, avoid everyone in his family, but perhaps more heartbreaking, deprive the Queen — who we all know is not in the best of health — an opportunity to see his two kids," an OK! insider questioned.
There are legitimate concerns the Queen, 95, may never meet Harry and Meghan’s daughter, Lilibet, who was born in June 2021. The royal turned Hollywood couple also shares 2-year-old son Archie.
Queen Elizabeth has appeared frail and ailing in recent photos and was forced to pull out of attending another service in Westminster Abbey for Commonwealth Day on Monday March 14.
Royal biographer Angela Levin even went so far as to accuse Harry of "blackmail" in order to get the U.K. government to reinstate his royal protection detail after walking away from his royal life back in 2020.
While a lawyer for Harry has said the Duke of Sussex believes U.K. "is, and always will be, his home,” the royal also "does not feel safe" bringing his children to the U.K. following the loss of police protection.
Added OK!’s source: “At one point do you need to say, ‘Hey, my family and my aging grandmother are more important than whether a police details picks him up at the airport?' Can he not even pay for his own security?”
As OK! previously reported, Harry is not only avoiding his family, but also the man who has been dubbed his “second” father. His closest confidant, Mark Dyer, a former Welsh guard, has been confined to a hospital bed after undergoing a grueling surgery to save his life from cancer.
Despite their close friendship, it's believed the red-headed prince has yet to visit his old friend, although they reportedly keep in contact with video chats on Zoom.