Does Prince Harry's memoir contradict new bombshell claim regarding Queen's death?

Prince Harry

Prince Harry's memoir could contradict new bombshell claim on Queen's death

Dorothy Reddin

By Dorothy Reddin

Published: 16/11/2023

- 16:06

The Duke of Sussex's autobiography was released in January 2023

Prince Harry's memoir could be seen to contradict the new bombshell claims on the late Queen Elizabeth II's death from royal biographer, Omid Scobie's, new book 'Endgame'.

In Scobie's extract, detailing the final hours of Queen Elizabeth II's life, the author claims the Duke of Sussex received a phone call on the morning of September 8 2022 from his father, telling him the Queen was gravely ill.

Scobie writes: "By the next morning, the Sussexes had no idea that Buckingham Palace was already planning for the Queen’s final hours and the first days of the monarchy’s new era — until the duke’s phone started ringing. An unknown number. He usually ignored those."

“'You should answer it,' Meghan told him. He tapped accept just before it stopped.

Prince Harry and Prince William

Prince Harry and Prince William at Queen Elizabeth II's funeral


"Harry hadn’t spoken to his father much that year, but this was not the time for any father-and-son tension.

"Charles told him he and Camilla were about to leave Dumfries House for Balmoral, where Princess Anne was already by the Queen’s side. He told Harry to make his way to Scotland immediately."

But Prince Harry claims, in his memoir, that he received a call from his father "around lunchtime" on the day Queen Elizabeth II passed away.

Buckingham Palace announced to the world that the Queen's doctors were "concerned" for her health at 12.32pm.

Prince Harry

Prince Harry arriving at Balmoral Castle on the day Queen Elizabeth II died


The Duke of Sussex claims: "A call came in around lunchtime. It was an unknown number. 'Hello?' It was Pa. Granny's health had taken a turn. She was up a Balmoral, of course. Those beautiful, melancholy, late summer days. He hung up. He had many other calls to make".

Scobie writes that Charles and Camilla were both about to travel to the Queen's Aberdeenshire residence, from Dumfries House in Ayrshire, when Harry received the morning phone call.

Media reports at the time seem to correspond with Mr Scobie's version of events, which claim Prince Charles arrived at Balmoral around 10.30am.

Today Show Host, Jenna Bush Hagger, also backs up Scobie's claim that Charles and Camilla travelled together to Balmoral, which contradicts a number of British media reports that Camilla was staying at Birkhall, close to Balmoral Castle.

WATCH NOW: Queen Elizabeth II's coffin leaving Balmoral in September 2022

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Scobie claimed Meghan Markle found out about Queen's death before Harry


Ms Hagger was scheduled to undertake a sit-down interview with the then Duchess of Cornwall at Dumfries House, before it was abruptly cancelled as the future Queen made her way to Balmoral with her husband.

The accuracy of some of Prince Harry's memoir has been called into question again, after GB News exclusively revealed earlier this year that the Prince appeared to be mistaken in his account of the Queen Mother's death.

Scobie's previously co-authored Prince Harry and Meghan's biography 'Finding Freedom', which claimed the Prince was upset by what he thought was Prince William's "snobbish" attitude to Meghan.

The duchess's lawyers previously denied she collaborated with the book, but Meghan apologised to the High Court in 2021 for not remembering she had authorised an aide to provide information to Scobie and co-author Carolyn Durand.

Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace and Archewell have been contacted for comment.

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