Harry’s happy family! Princess Diana’s clan back the Prince at his Invictus anniversary event – as her brother Earl Spencer and her sister Lady Jane Fellowes lead guests supporting Duke’s project while ‘too busy’ King ‘snubs invite’ and stays away


Princess Diana’s siblings were quick to show their support for Prince Harry during the Invictus Games anniversary service yesterday, while the royal family kept their distance – despite only being a few miles away.

The late Princess of Wales’ younger brother Earl Spencer and elder sister Lady Jane Fellowes walked in side-by-side to St Paul’s before chatting to their now US-based nephew. 

The Duke of Sussex had cut a lonely figure as he climbed the steps of the cathedral – unaccompanied by his wife Meghan Markle, who remained in California with their two children.

But inside he was greeted by members of his late mother’s family and was seen on camera warmly embracing both of them. Other footage later in the event showed the Duke animatedly chatting with them, clearly delighted they were present

Meanwhile King Charles, who was invited to attend the service in central London, held the first garden party of the season at Buckingham Palace.

The monarch was joined by Queen Camilla, the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh, the Princess Royal and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester for the first of the summer festivities.

The only senior royals missing were the Prince and Princess of Wales. William was handing out awards in Windsor, while Kate is still undergoing treatment for cancer. 

Prince Harry’s spokesperson had claimed on Tuesday the King had been too busy to see his youngest son during his fleeting visit to the UK. Last night, however, Palace sources suggested no formal requests for a meeting had been made. 

Princess Diana ‘s siblings were quick to show their support for Prince Harry yesterday during the Invictus Games anniversary service yesterday. Pictured: The Duke of Sussex leaving St Paul’s

The late Princess of Wales ' younger brother Earl Spencer and elder sister Lady Jane Fellowes walked in side-by-side to St Paul's

The late Princess of Wales ‘ younger brother Earl Spencer and elder sister Lady Jane Fellowes walked in side-by-side to St Paul’s

Harry was greeted by members of his late mother's family and was seen on camera warmly embracing both of them. Pictured: Harry and Lady Jane talking happily

Harry was greeted by members of his late mother’s family and was seen on camera warmly embracing both of them. Pictured: Harry and Lady Jane talking happily

A happy Prince Harry hugs his uncle as his aunt takes a seat next to him at St Paul's

A happy Prince Harry hugs his uncle as his aunt takes a seat next to him at St Paul’s 

Meanwhile King Charles , who was invited to attend the service in central London, held the first garden party of the season at Buckingham Palace

Meanwhile King Charles , who was invited to attend the service in central London, held the first garden party of the season at Buckingham Palace

Princess Diana 's younger brother Charles Spencer arrives at St Paul's Cathedral ahead of the ceremony

Princess Diana ‘s younger brother Charles Spencer arrives at St Paul’s Cathedral ahead of the ceremony

Lady Jane maintains a close relationship with nephew Harry and was  one of the first to meet  his son Archie. Pictured here with Earl Spencer (right) at the unveiling of Diana's statue in 2021

Lady Jane maintains a close relationship with nephew Harry and was  one of the first to meet  his son Archie. Pictured here with Earl Spencer (right) at the unveiling of Diana’s statue in 2021 

Princess Diana pictured laughing with her two older sisters Lady Sarah Mccorquodale and Lady Jane Fellowes in 1995

Princess Diana pictured laughing with her two older sisters Lady Sarah Mccorquodale and Lady Jane Fellowes in 1995 

Charles Spencer, Princess Diana, then Prince Charles, Lady Jane Fellowes and Lady Sarah McCorquodale in 1985

Charles Spencer, Princess Diana, then Prince Charles, Lady Jane Fellowes and Lady Sarah McCorquodale in 1985

Despite well-documented tensions with the Windsors, Prince Harry has remained close to his mother’s family over the years – particularly Lady Jane.

Lady Jane, the middle of the three sisters, four years older than Diana, has long been seen as a confidante and a steadying influence in his life. 

She was asked to give a reading during Harry’s wedding to Meghan in 2018 and was one of the first members to be invited to meet their infant son Archie – even before Prince William. 

Throughout his bombshell memoir Spare, he gave a ‘stand out thanks’ to Lady Jane, her elder sister Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Earl Spencer but failed to mention the late Queen, King Charles or his brother.

It is therefore little surprise that two of the siblings turned out at yesterday’s ceremony to give support to Diana’s youngest child.

As well as his aunt and uncle, Harry was surrounded by a number of dignitaries, politicians and close friends.

His lawyer David Sherbourne was in attendance while former army officer Mark Dyer – who helped mentor Harry particularly after his mother’s death – was also in the congregation. 

Rishi Sunak’s wife Akshata Murty also joined the group, dressed in a military-style green coat with gold buttons, where she was joined by Minister of State for Veterans’ Affairs Johnny Mercer.

Prince Harry put on a brave face today as he left St Paul's Cathedral alone following a service to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games

Prince Harry put on a brave face today as he left St Paul’s Cathedral alone following a service to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games

The 9th Earl Spencer can be seen smiling and gesticulating as he walks up the steps to the historic English landmark

The 9th Earl Spencer can be seen smiling and gesticulating as he walks up the steps to the historic English landmark

Harry laughs with his uncle Earl Spencer and aunt Lady Jane during the ceremony

Harry laughs with his uncle Earl Spencer and aunt Lady Jane during the ceremony 

Prince Harry chats and laughs with his aunt and uncle

Prince Harry chats and laughs with his aunt and uncle 

Prince Harry chatting to Earl Spencer and Lady Sarah in 2007

Prince Harry chatting to Earl Spencer and Lady Sarah in 2007 

A young Prince Harry and Earl Spencer pictured together in 2004

A young Prince Harry and Earl Spencer pictured together in 2004 

The estranged royal, who was met with cheers from the crowd, beamed as he shook hands and joked around with dozens of people who had lined up to greet him

The estranged royal, who was met with cheers from the crowd, beamed as he shook hands and joked around with dozens of people who had lined up to greet him

Guests attending the royal garden party at Buckingham Palace in London yesterday afternoon

Guests attending the royal garden party at Buckingham Palace in London yesterday afternoon

Prince William also did not attend Harry's event and was instead seen handing out Member of the Order of the British Empire at Windsor Castle

Prince William also did not attend Harry’s event and was instead seen handing out Member of the Order of the British Empire at Windsor Castle 

Other stars within the crowd included former Olympic champion triple jumper Jonathan Edwards.

Huge crowds had gathered outside St Paul’s to catch a glimpse of the estranged royals rare appearance on British soil, with some shouting ‘we love you Harry’ as he walked out of his car.

The Duke was warmly greeted by the Dean of St Paul’s, the Very Reverend Andrew Tremlett, before being escorted to his seat under the cathedral’s great dome.

Whilst inside the cathedral he spoke to the clergy, as well as Earl Spencer before taking his seat. 

The Duke of Sussex, who remains estranged from many family members after a string of attacks on the Royal Family in recent years, said on Tuesday that he had been told his father did not have time to see him this week while he is staying in the UK.

Charles had not been able to find time to see his son Prince Harry this afternoon as he attends the first Buckingham Palace garden party of the summer season.

The King had a busy day yesterday with meetings planned in the morning ahead of the garden party. He then attended his weekly audience with the Prime Minister in the evening followed by a Privy Council meeting.  

The Duke of Sussex has flown into London for the Invictus engagements and there were hopes that he would see the King. But a spokesman for Harry said  that the monarch’s ‘full programme’ meant the get-together would not happen.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex waves as he arrives to attend a ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex waves as he arrives to attend a ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games

Britain's Minister of State for Veterans' Affairs Johnny Mercer (L) and Akshata Murty, wife of Britain's Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, arrive to attend the ceremony

Britain’s Minister of State for Veterans’ Affairs Johnny Mercer (L) and Akshata Murty, wife of Britain’s Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, arrive to attend the ceremony

David Sherborne, Britain's Prince Harry's lawyer, arrives at St Paul's this afternoon

David Sherborne, Britain’s Prince Harry’s lawyer, arrives at St Paul’s this afternoon

Former Army officer Mark Dyer, who acted as the duke's mentor, playing the role of a supportive big brother figure for Harry after Diana's death, arrives at the ceremony

Former Army officer Mark Dyer, who acted as the duke’s mentor, playing the role of a supportive big brother figure for Harry after Diana’s death, arrives at the ceremony

Yet royal insiders last night told the Telegraph that no formal requests for a meeting with the King had been made.  

During the ceremony Harry took a seat next to his mentor Mark Dyer and exchanged a few words with his uncle Earl Spencer. 

The service began with the hymn Praise My Soul The King Of Heaven as a few miles away the King hosted the first Buckingham Palace garden party of the year.

The Dean of St Paul’s told the congregation: ‘We gather this evening to offer grateful thanksgiving to Almighty God for the work of the Invictus Games Foundation, and in this their 10th anniversary year, we celebrate the tremendous achievements of the numerous competitors across 23 nations.

‘We give thanks for the inspiring vision and compassion that formed the foundation and, chiefly, for the resultant decade of profound and transformational work.

‘We lament the pain, cost and indignity of war and terror, and pray for a world where justice shall reign and where the nations will find their longed for unity.

‘We recall, with admiration, the skill and determination of those who seek to repair, rehabilitate, and reclaim the lives of those living with serious illness or injury: changing and saving lives.’

He gave a reading from 1 Corinthians 12 4-11. Actor Damian Lewis, 53, meanwhile read out the Invictus poem with the service being conducted by William Ernest Henley. 

An emotional reading was also given by Michelle Turner who is the UK Invictus Games Team vice-captain. She read a personal poem about how the games had helped her recovery and impacted her family. 

Other stars among the crowd included former Olympic champion triple jumper Jonathan Edwards

Other stars among the crowd included former Olympic champion triple jumper Jonathan Edwards

Members of the public wait to see Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex arrive to attend the ceremony

Members of the public wait to see Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex arrive to attend the ceremony

At the end of the reading she tearfully said: ‘Thank you Invictus, for giving me my life back.’ 

As he left the cathedral on a balmy evening in the capital, the Californian-based royal greeted large crowds.

He was heard asking two fans from New York what had brought them to the UK. When they responded they were here for a wedding, the Prince jokingly asked it was ‘in there?’ referring to St Paul’s Cathedral.

The Duke joked around with one enthusiastic royal fan who had her arms outstretched with two phones to try and get the best shot of Harry. 

‘Why have you got 2 phones?’ he laughed, ‘it doesn’t make sense!’ 

Hundreds of people had joined the crowd that was tightly guarded by police officers.

Shouts of ‘we love you Harry’ could be heard as the Prince did his walkabout, while others screamed with excitement until Harry got into a Land Rover and drove off.

Prince Harry arrives to attend the Invictus Games Foundation 10th Anniversary Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral

Prince Harry arrives to attend the Invictus Games Foundation 10th Anniversary Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral

King Charles III speaks to guests as he hosts a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in central London

King Charles III speaks to guests as he hosts a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in central London

Harry arriving at St Paul's Cathedral for a service to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his Invictus Games

Harry arriving at St Paul’s Cathedral for a service to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his Invictus Games

The Duke joked around with one enthusiastic royal fan who had her arms outstretched with two phones to try and get the best shot of Harry

The Duke joked around with one enthusiastic royal fan who had her arms outstretched with two phones to try and get the best shot of Harry

King Charles III speaks to guests attending the garden party at Buckingham Palace today

King Charles III speaks to guests attending the garden party at Buckingham Palace today

It is not known where Harry is staying while in Britain as he now has no official home after being asked to leave Frogmore Cottage.

He is expected to stay in the UK until tomorrow before flying to Nigeria where he will meet up with Meghan for a quasi-royal tour that is also expected to highlight the Invictus Games.

Harry spent Tuesday in the capital attending a summit that reflected on the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games, which stages sporting events for wounded, sick or injured veterans or serving military to aid their recovery.

He told delegates at the event, held at the Honourable Artillery Company’s headquarters on the edge of the City of London: ‘Sometimes you… look back and go ‘Look at what we’ve done’.

‘But also given the state of the world, there is so much more to do and I think a lot of uncertainty – but what we’ve created is a global community.’

King Charles III (centre) and Queen Camilla walk out to join the crowds at the Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace

King Charles III (centre) and Queen Camilla walk out to join the crowds at the Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace

Akshata Murty arrives at the Invictus Games in a military-style green coat with gold buttons

Akshata Murty arrives at the Invictus Games in a military-style green coat with gold buttons

Charles Spencer arrives to attend his nephew's ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games

Charles Spencer arrives to attend his nephew’s ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games

Barrister David Sherborne arrives to attend a ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games

Barrister David Sherborne arrives to attend a ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games

Members of the public wait outside St Paul's Cathedral in London, ahead of the arrival of the Duke of Sussex

Members of the public wait outside St Paul’s Cathedral in London, ahead of the arrival of the Duke of Sussex

A woman waits with her head slumped in her hand as she waits for Harry to arrive at St Paul's

A woman waits with her head slumped in her hand as she waits for Harry to arrive at St Paul’s

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex wears his medals as he attends the Invictus Games Foundation's 10th Anniversary celebration

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex wears his medals as he attends the Invictus Games Foundation’s 10th Anniversary celebration

The King, Queen, Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh, the Princess Royal and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester arrive together for the garden party

The King, Queen, Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh, the Princess Royal and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester arrive together for the garden party

King Charles III speaks to guests attending a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace

King Charles III speaks to guests attending a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace

Queen Camilla speaks to guests attending a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace

Queen Camilla speaks to guests attending a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace

Harry is also not expected to see his estranged brother Prince William who held an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle yesterday.

William continues to balance work with looking after his three children while his wife Kate undergoes preventative chemotherapy for cancer and recovers from serious abdominal surgery in January.

Today William will fly to Cornwall for further official engagements – and the King will meet staff and families of the 3 Royal School of Military Engineering in Surrey.

Then on Monday there will be a rare joint visit for Charles and William, as the King officially hands over the role of Colonel-in-Chief of the Army Air Corps to William at the Army Aviation Centre in Middle Wallop, where Harry previously learnt to fly.

Harry has travelled to the UK to commemorate the Invictus Games milestone with those who have been involved with the paralympic-style tournament and mark the decade-long support competitors have received. 

Charles and Harry last met soon after the King announced his cancer diagnosis in February and his son rushed from America to see his father.

That was the first time Harry had seen his father in person for 17 months, and they had a half-hour meeting before Charles left London to recuperate at Sandringham following treatment.

But this time, a spokesman for Harry said: ‘In response to the many inquiries and continued speculation on whether or not the duke will meet with his father while in the UK this week, it unfortunately will not be possible due to His Majesty’s full programme.

The Duke was warmly greeted by the Dean of St Paul's, the Very Reverend Andrew Tremlett, before being escorted to his seat under the cathedral's great dome

The Duke was warmly greeted by the Dean of St Paul’s, the Very Reverend Andrew Tremlett, before being escorted to his seat under the cathedral’s great dome

Mark Dyer during The Invictus Games Foundation 10th Anniversary Service at St Paul's Cathedral

Mark Dyer during The Invictus Games Foundation 10th Anniversary Service at St Paul’s Cathedral

Rishi Sunak's wife Akshata Murty arrives at St Paul's for the Invictus ceremony

Rishi Sunak’s wife Akshata Murty arrives at St Paul’s for the Invictus ceremony

David Sherborne, Britain's Prince Harry's lawyer, arrives to attend the Invictus Games Foundation 10th Anniversary Service of Thanksgiving

David Sherborne, Britain’s Prince Harry’s lawyer, arrives to attend the Invictus Games Foundation 10th Anniversary Service of Thanksgiving

‘The duke of course is understanding of his father’s diary of commitments and various other priorities and hopes to see him soon.’

Just hours after Harry’s statement, palace officials announced a new joint engagement for Charles and William.

It is one of dozens of official engagements being planned for the 75-year-old monarch in the coming months after his doctors gave him the all-clear to undertake more public work once again while continuing his cancer treatment.

On Monday, Charles met the prime minister of the Republic of Fiji at Buckingham Palace, before retiring to Clarence House – three miles away from Harry’s event.

Harry now lives with his wife Meghan Markle and children Archie, who turned five on Monday, and Lilibet in a £12million mansion in Montecito, California.



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