King Charles ‘of course wanted’ to meet Prince Harry on UK trip but failed because…

King Charles ‘refused to meet’ Prince Harry remained the top trend all day following the Duke’s recent Invictus trip to the UK. Numerous reports suggested that the King’s schedule was too packed with daily engagements, leading him to allegedly snub his youngest son in favour of hosting a tea garden party. However, a palace insider and close friend of the King has dismissed these claims, stating, “Recollections may vary once again.”

Last week, before jetting off to Nigeria with Meghan Markle, Harry made a brief appearance at St. Paul’s Cathedral in the UK. The Duke attended a service of thanksgiving to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his Invictus Games. Despite being in the same city and just a few kilometres away, Harry did not meet with Charles, disappointing those hoping for a reconciliation.
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A royal source has denied claims that King Charles refused to see his son. An unnamed friend of Charles told The Times that King is wary of meeting Harry because of the media attention, but he agreed to see his son at a critical time of his illness in February and in a matter of minutes. “While it is true that the King is understandably wary about meeting with Harry, given the publicity circus that seems to surround all such visits, he did of course agree to see his son at the most vulnerable moment of his illness [back in February] and at very short notice.”

Earlier, it was announced that the King had been diagnosed with cancer. Since then, there has been a lot of speculation about his treatment and appearance. It has been reported that doctors have advised him to focus on treatment and rehabilitation. The source added, that people weren’t expecting the King to hit the red carpet as soon as Invictus was announced. However, “the idea that he refused to find space in his diary … well, let’s say recollections may vary once again.”
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Prince Harry ‘understands’ why King didn’t meet him
Prince Harry, on the other hand, had a positive experience in the UK, interacting with a crowd that chanted “We love you, Harry.” Despite the absence of other royal members, the Duke appeared overjoyed by the turnout of the crowd. He even mentioned feeling ‘happy’ to be home in interviews with a few news outlets, although reports suggested he was ‘heartbroken’ about not being able to meet his ailing father.

An official spokesperson for Harry stressed that Harry was well aware and understood the reasons why Charles did not meet him. “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 of course is understanding of his father’s diary of commitments and various other priorities and hopes to see him soon.” The representative told on Tuesday reported by the Mirror.

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The Russian forces captured five villages after launching fresh ground assault in north-eastern Ukraine, reported Al Jazeera.

The Russian forces captured five villages after launching fresh ground assault in north-eastern Ukraine, Al Jazeera reported, citing the Russian Ministry of Defence.
Firefighters work at a site of a Russian missile strike, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Kharkiv, Ukraine May 10, 2024. REUTERS/Vyacheslav Madiyevskyy/File Photo(REUTERS)
However, the Ukrainian officials did not confirm whether Russia had taken the villages, which lie in a contested “grey zone” on the border of Ukraine’s Kharkiv region and Russia.
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Al Jazeera reported, citing several Ukrainian journalists who said that the villages of Borysivka, Ohirtseve, Pylna and Strilecha were taken by Russian troops on Friday.
Russia claimed that the village of Pletenivka was also taken.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Saturday evening (local time) that fighting was continuing in Strilecha and Pletenivka, as well as Krasne, Morokhovets, Oliinykove, Lukyantsi and Hatyshche.
“Our troops are carrying out counterattacks there for a second day, protecting Ukrainian territory,” he said.
Earlier on Friday, the Institute for the Study of War said that geolocated footage confirms at least one of the villages was seized. The Washington-based think tank described recent Russian gains as “tactically significant”.
The renewed assault on the region has forced more than 1,700 civilians residing in settlements near the fighting to flee, according to Ukrainian authorities.
It comes after Russia stepped up attacks in March targeting energy infrastructure and settlements, which analysts predicted were a concerted effort by Moscow to shape conditions for an offensive.
On Saturday, Russia continued to pummel Vovchansk with air raids and rockets as police and volunteers raced to evacuate residents. At least 20 people were evacuated to safety in a nearby village. Local police said that 900 people had been evacuated the previous day.
Russia’s recent push in Kharkiv seeks to exploit the shortage of ammunition faced by Ukraine, before promised Western supplies can reach the front line and pin down Ukrainian forces in the northeast and keep them away from heavy battles underway in the Donetsk region, where Moscow’s troops are gaining ground, Al Jazeera reported, citing several analysts.
Several Russian military bloggers have said that renewed Russian assaults could mark the start of Moscow’s attempt to carve out a “buffer zone” that President Vladimir Putin pledged to create earlier this year to halt frequent Ukrainian attacks on Belgorod and other Russian border regions.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian officials have downplayed Russian statements about captured territory, with reinforcements being rushed to the Kharkiv region to hold off Russian forces.
Kharkiv regional governor Oleh Syniehubov said on Telegram that heavy fighting continued in the areas around Borysivka, Ohirtseve, Pylna and Oliinykove, but that the situation was “under control” and there was “no threat of a ground assault” on the city of Kharkiv.
More than 30 different towns and villages in the region were hit by artillery, mortar and aerial bombardments on Saturday, killing at least three people and injuring five others, Syniehubov said.
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