The Duke of Sussex arrived at Heathrow the following morning and was driven straight to Clarence House, where he stayed for 45 minutes, spending time with his father, who had delayed his own journey to Sandringham to see his younger son.
Neither Buckingham Palace nor sources from the Sussexes’ Archewell organisation would comment on the meeting. However, one well-placed source told HELLO! that despite the brevity of their reunion, the King would have been “enormously touched” and “found time in the middle of a busy, planned day to see Harry as soon as he could”.
The short reunion was the first meaningful time father and son had spent together since the death of Elizabeth II in September 2022. Although Harry attended his father’s coronation last May, the two are thought to have only had limited contact since then amid the fallout around the Duke’s controversial memoir Spare.
“The King is not in a position to suddenly throw the diary up in the air and rearrange everything,” Robert Hardman, the author of Charles III: New King. New Court. The Inside Story, told HELLO!.
“He doesn’t want that anyway. He’s trying to maintain as normal a schedule as possible. But it’s lovely for Harry to have come over.”
Prince Harry wasn’t the only family member to travel to see His Majesty on Tuesday. Princess Beatrice and her husband, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, were pictured going to see Charles following his diagnosis being made public.
Harry’s decision to fly home appears to have been a wise one but may also indicate the seriousness of King Charles’ diagnosis.
HELLO!‘s Royal Editor Emily Nash explained: “Prince Harry coming over is a huge moment. The King’s diagnosis will have concerned the whole family, but especially his sons and it’s only natural that Harry will want to spend time with him after so long apart.
“It’s about a family coming together during a difficult time, just as any other family would.”
Despite the diagnosis, Buckingham Palace confirmed that King Charles will continue to “undertake state business and official paperwork as usual”, this includes holding Privy Council meetings and weekly audiences with the Prime Minister.
The Prince of Wales will take on additional responsibilities amid his father’s cancer diagnosis. It’s believed that William will take on extra duties relating to Charles’ public engagements and not to his constitutional role.