The Queen died at 3:10 pm. So why did she take over three hours to tell Prince Harry?

The queen died at Balmoral of ‘old age’, it was revealed yesterday, the first time a monarch’s death certificate is believed to have been made public.

But the document also raises interesting questions after details confirmed that Prince Harry was not informed of his grandmother’s death for more than three hours.

Only her two eldest children, King Charles and his sister Princess Anne, were with their mother when she died at 3:10 p.m. on September 8. Prince Edward and his wife, Sofia, as well as Prince Andrew and Prince William, were all on a plane to Scotland at the time and it is believed he was briefed mid-flight.

Meanwhile, Prince Harry hadn’t even made it to an airport amid apparent confusion over whether he should travel to Aberdeenshire with his wife Meghan. He finally caught a private jet from Luton at 5:35pm, landing in Aberdeen at 6:47pm.

The Queen died at Balmoral of 'old age', it was revealed yesterday, the first time a monarch's death certificate is believed to have been made public.

The Queen died at Balmoral of ‘old age’, it was revealed yesterday, the first time a monarch’s death certificate is believed to have been made public.

Palace sources have already confirmed that his father only managed to contact his son on air at 6:25pm, just five minutes before the news the world feared was officially announced.

Charles had insisted all afternoon on telling his youngest son personally before Buckingham Palace issued an official statement.

He had already called Harry and his brother, William, earlier in the day to tell them to get to Scotland as quickly as possible because their grandmother was fading fast. She then returned to the Queen’s bedside.

But that leaves a crucial two hours and 25 minutes between the Queen’s death and Harry’s takeoff, when there appears to have been no communication between the prince and his family.

Instead, Prime Minister Liz Truss was informed at 4:30 p.m. Palace officials declined to comment last night, while other royal sources were unable to explain the discrepancy. But insiders stressed that the old-fashioned king does not have a mobile phone and his schedule is such that calls between him and his family usually have to be ‘scheduled’.

Relatives have to resort to calling staff or even one of his police bodyguards to try to get an urgent message to him.

Others said the King likely wanted to tell his son personally, but with the clock ticking down for an official announcement to be released, he simply ran out of time.

But that leaves a crucial two hours and 25 minutes between the Queen's death and Harry's takeoff, when there appears to have been no communication between the prince and his family.  Pictured: Prince Harry arrives at Balmoral shortly after Queen Elizabeth's death

But that leaves a crucial two hours and 25 minutes between the Queen's death and Harry's takeoff, when there appears to have been no communication between the prince and his family.  Pictured: Prince Harry arrives at Balmoral shortly after Queen Elizabeth's death

But that leaves a crucial two hours and 25 minutes between the Queen’s death and Harry’s takeoff, when there appears to have been no communication between the prince and his family. Pictured: Prince Harry arrives at Balmoral shortly after Queen Elizabeth’s death

Sources with intimate knowledge of Operation London Bridge, the plan to handle the fallout from Queen’s death, also stressed that as well as dealing with the inevitable pain of the situation, there would be a lot of administration to deal with.

“I’m sure, as with anything, there’s a meticulous plan on paper, but then real life chaos occurs amidst the trauma of your personal pain,” one said.

Another source explained that “few people in the family” were already in regular contact with Harry and that he could also be “incredibly difficult to contact.”

Whatever the truth, it highlights the complexity of the relationship between the royal family and Harry, which saw him leave Balmoral in the first possible fight outside of Aberdeen the morning after his grandmother’s death.

He remained in the UK until the day after the funeral and was publicly seen out on a walk in Windsor with his brother and their wives, and at the funeral itself. He was also seen at the vigil.

The possibility of behind-the-scenes family issues was already raised after it emerged that the plane carrying Edward, Andrew and William to Scotland was delayed by an hour. It was scheduled for 1:30 p.m., but did not take off until 2:39 p.m.

Just before 2pm that day, a spokesperson for the Sussexes announced that both Harry and Meghan would be traveling to Scotland together.

This came as a surprise to many, as only close family members were expected to be present, aside from the Countess of Wessex and Princess Anne’s husband, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, to whom the queen was close. Kate, the then Duchess of Cambridge, decided to stay in Windsor with her and William’s three children.

Half an hour after their initial announcement, a spokesperson for the Sussexes issued a correction, saying that only Harry intended to travel. The discrepancy was later explained as a “bug”.

Sources with intimate knowledge of Operation London Bridge, the plan to handle the fallout from Queen's death, also stressed that as well as dealing with the inevitable pain of the situation, there would have been a great deal of management to deal with.

Sources with intimate knowledge of Operation London Bridge, the plan to handle the fallout from Queen's death, also stressed that as well as dealing with the inevitable pain of the situation, there would have been a great deal of management to deal with.

Sources with intimate knowledge of Operation London Bridge, the plan to handle the fallout from Queen’s death, also stressed that as well as dealing with the inevitable pain of the situation, there would have been a great deal of management to deal with.

Harry’s team quickly chartered a private jet, at an estimated cost of £30,000, from Luton. The Sun later claimed Harry missed the RAF flight due to a “fight over Meghan” after her father told him it was “not appropriate” to bring her.

It has also been claimed that although Charles attempted to call his son to tell him that his grandmother had died, the phone call did not actually go through. It is said that although Harry knew his father was trying to talk to him, the prince read a last-minute announcement online before they could use the technology to speak.

This has been disputed by the palace, however, with a spokesman for the King insisting that the announcement of the Queen’s death “was not made until all members of the family were informed”.

The Queen’s death certificate was finally delivered to the Scottish Registrar General, Paul Lowe, exactly three weeks after her death. By law, you must register within eight days. The certificate records that Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor, widow, died at Balmoral Castle in Ballater, Aberdeenshire, at the age of 96.

It lists her habitual residence as Windsor Castle and her occupation as ‘Her Majesty the Queen’.

The certifying registered physician was Douglas James Allan Glass. He has been Her Majesty’s House Apothecary at Balmoral since 1998.

The doctor, who is the GP in the village of Braemar, near Balmoral, told The Times that he was present at her death and that it was “not unexpected”. He said: “We have been concerned about the Queen’s health for several months.”

The cause of death, ‘old age’, is the same as that given for Prince Philip in April 2021. In Scotland, it should not be recorded as a single cause, although there are exceptions, such as the certifying doctor personally caring for the deceased for a long period and observing a gradual decrease.

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