Prince Harry is making his way back to the UK from California to support his father, King Charles, after his recent cancer diagnosis was privately revealed to the prince and then made public.
However, his wife Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, and their children Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet will not be joining him. Instead, they will remain at their home in Montecito, according to a source close to the Duke.
The source stated, “The Duke did speak with his father about his diagnosis. He will be travelling to the UK to see His Majesty in the coming days.”
This sudden trip by Prince Harry could potentially be the start of a reconciliation between him and key members of the Royal Family, as suggested by royal expert Jennie Bond, who served as the BBC’s royal correspondent for 14 years.
Bond spoke to Sky News and shared her thoughts on the situation, saying, “This is a pretty shocking start to the new year for the whole of the royal family – and now Harry coming back. I mean, maybe that’s another blessing in disguise.
Maybe finally, finally his father’s illness will bring a reconciliation that we’ve all been talking about – seems forever.”
Relations between the Sussexes and key members of the Royal Family have been strained in recent years. Much of the tension stems from Prince Harry and Meghan’s decision to publicly discuss family matters in a tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey, in the Duke’s memoir “Spare,” and through their Netflix docu-series.
In an official statement from Buckingham Palace, it was revealed, “During The King’s recent hospital procedure for benign prostate enlargement, a separate issue of concern was noted. Subsequent diagnostic tests have identified a form of cancer.
His Majesty has today commenced a schedule of regular treatments, during which time he has been advised by doctors to postpone public-facing duties.”
The statement also mentioned that King Charles would continue to handle state business and official paperwork as usual. It was further noted that he is grateful to his medical team for their swift intervention, made possible thanks to his recent hospital procedure.
While undergoing cancer treatment, the King will not be appointing counsellors of state. It is expected that the heir to the throne, Prince William, will have to take on additional royal engagements during this period.
Prince Harry’s return to the UK to support his father during this challenging time may serve as an opportunity for healing and reconciliation within the Royal Family. The seriousness of King Charles’s health condition emphasizes the importance of family unity and support during difficult moments.