Prince Harry's decision to miss the Queen's birthday is "further proof" he "no longer cares" about Britain or the Royal Family, it has been claimed.
The Duke of Sussex flew back to the US last week after visiting the UK for the first time in more than a year to attend his grandfather Prince Philip's funeral.
He was greeted by a media frenzy as he touched down in Los Angeles on Tuesday before heading to his and wife Meghan Markle's £11million mansion in plush Montecito.
But Harry's decision to leave the UK just a day before Her Majesty's 95th birthday has come under heavy criticism from a royal writer.
Commentator Daniela Elser has accused the duke of no longer caring about his homeland.
Writing for Australian news outlet news.com.au, she said: "After more than a year away, a year that has seen perhaps irreparable damage done to the fabric of the house of Windsor, that Harry chose not to be there for Her Majesty this week is hard to swallow.
"It was reported ahead of her birthday that she would enjoy a private lunch, possibly with the family members who live closest to Windsor Castle, namely the Duke of York and the Earl and Countess of Wessex.
"That Harry was not part of that number is significant."
She added: "The obvious question is, why not stay another 24 hours? Why not be there – even simply in socially-distanced solidarity – for his grandmother at such an emotional moment?
"To which the most obvious conclusion is, Harry didn’t care how his exit would play in the UK press or with the public.
"What this birthday situation would suggest is that Harry has little or no interest in trying to improve his tarnished image back in the UK or to try and remedy his dire standing with the Brits."
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A recent poll found Harry and Meghan's popularity among Brits had nosedived following the aftermath of the couple's explosive TV interview with US chat show icon Oprah Winfrey last month.
During the two-hour tell-all, they accused "the Firm" of "perpetuating falsehoods" about them and an unnamed family member of expressing "concern" over the potential colour of – then unborn – son Archie's skin.
"Watching Harry and Meghan’s Oprah Winfrey TV special last month, his anger and hurt was all too evident, the wounds of the last few years clearly still raw," Elser wrote.
"And yet even so … it is still surprising and a touch sad that at a moment such as this, in the wake of Philip’s death, Harry’s hard line view towards his homeland does not seem to have softened.
"In short: He doesn’t seem to care what Brits think of him.
"You can’t choose your family, or so the saying goes. But what Harry can choose is whether he wants to mend bridges and try and improve relations with his titled relatives – them and 65 million other Brits."
The Daily Star has contacted Prince Harry's representatives for comment.
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