Prince Harry forced to book hotel for UK trip as 'Windsor Castle request rejected' by royals

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, the Patron of the Rugby Football League hosts the Rugby League World Cup 2021 draws for the men's, women's and wheelchair tournaments at Buckingham Palace on January 16, 2020 in London, England.
Prince Harry will stay in a hotel during his visit to the UK next month -Credit:Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Prince Harry will be forced to stay in a hotel when he makes his trip back to the UK next week, according to reports.

The Duke of Sussex is set to fly back to Britain to speak at St Paul's Cathedral on May 8 at a special event in honour of the Invictus Games' ten year anniversary.

The 39-year-old prince founded the sporting event for wounded veterans back in 2014 when he was still a working member of the Royal Family.

It's believed that no senior members of the Firm will be attending the event to show support for the Invictus Games.

Harry and his wife Meghan Markle were left homeless in the UK last year after King Charles evicted them from their former home of Frogmore Cottage.

A general view of the exterior of Frogmore Cottage as people lay floral tributes to Prince Philip, Duke Of Edinburgh who died at age 99, nearby on April 10, 2021 in Windsor, United Kingdom.
Harry and Meghan were forced to give up Frogmore Cottage last year, making them homeless in the UK -Credit:Getty Images

This decision means on the duke's most recent visits to his home country, he has stayed in hotels instead of the residence on the grounds of Windsor Castle.

Harry had his request to stay at Windsor Castle in September 2023 knocked back after the Royal Family cited a lack of notice as the reason for his denial.

Since then the duke has not stayed at a Royal residence and is reportedly expected to once again stop at a hotel when he makes his brief trip next week.

The Duchess of Sussex will not be joining him and will remain in the US to prepare for their royal tour of Nigeria which the Sussexes' have planned just days after the Invictus event in London.

The former Suits star's appearance at the event had long been speculation before it was finally announced last week that she wont be in attendance.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan Duchess of Sussex are seen at the wheelchair basketball final between the United States and France during day four of the Invictus Games on September 13, 2023 in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Meghan Markle has chosen to skip the Invictus Games ceremony in the UK next month -Credit:Patrick van Katwijk/Getty Images

Her absence is likely to leave her husband feeling "so lonely" as he continues to also deal with his fractured relationship with the Royal Family, a royal expert claims.

Speaking to GB News, Mail on Sunday's Royal Editor, Charlotte Griffiths, alleged that Harry would have "loved" to have had Meghan and his two kids by his side, especially with the event being at St Paul's Cathedral, where his mum and dad were married.

Griffiths said the occasion would be "very sombre" and added: "It's a really important part of Harry's soul, and the kind of thing he'd want his wife, maybe even his kids by his side for."

She continued: "Meghan is leaving him there alone, and I just think he's going to cast a really lonely portrait of a man without his friends around him, without his family and without senior members of the Royal Family. And no wife there with him as well."

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