Prince Harry 'downcast and upset' as he returns to US after 'desperately trying to put brave face on UK visit'

Prince Harry seemed despondent when he arrived back in the US after a journey to Nigeria with Meghan Markle, according to a royal expert. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were seen at Los Angeles airport on Monday after an 18-hour flight, with Meghan leading the way and Harry following behind looking glum.

Royal commentator Tom Quinn suggested that Harry's upset appearance could relate to his brief UK trip before going to Nigeria. Harry had wished to visit his father, King Charles, during the stopover, but it was stated that Charles was too busy.

In an exclusive conversation with the Mirror, Tom said: "Harry tried desperately to put a brave face on it during his recent visit to the UK, but his real feelings were apparent when he landed back in Los Angeles. It was impossible not to see how downcast and upset he looked."

Prince Harry leaving the Invictus Games Foundation 10th Anniversary Service at St Paul's Cathedral on May 08, 2024 in London
Harry appeared glum as he landed back in the US -Credit:Getty Images for Invictus Games

He added: "And it's no surprise because he had hoped to see his father, and for a good deal longer than their 30-minute meeting last time he was in the UK."

Harry had previously returned to the UK earlier this year, where he visited King Charles at Clarence House after news of his cancer diagnosis was announced.

Harry flew back to the UK to attend Invictus Games related events last week while a spokesperson stated Charles was unable to meet due to a tight schedule.

In a statement, they said: "It unfortunately will not be possible due to His Majesty''s full programme. The Duke of course is understanding of his father's diary of commitments and various other priorities and hopes to see him soon."

However, conflicting reports have suggested the monarch did indeed offer to see his son, but was turned down by Harry. Sources have claimed Charles offered to let Harry stay in a royal residence for the trip, but this was turned down by Harry as he opted to stay in a hotel instead.

Charles is said to have made the suggestion because he knew Harry no longer had an official residence in the UK, The Sunday Times reported. Meghan and Harry were previously residents of Frogmore Cottage, but were evicted last year.

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