In a poignant twist to ongoing royal tensions, Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, has opted not to meet his brother, Prince William, during his current UK visit. This decision comes amidst the backdrop of their father, King Charles III's recent cancer diagnosis.
Notably, Harry hastened to Clarence House to be with his father, marking their first formal encounter since the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II in September 2022. King Charles III's health concern, described as a "form of cancer," was officially announced by Buckingham Palace, prompting Harry's swift arrival at Clarence House at 2.42 pm on Tuesday.
The meeting between the father and son lasted approximately 45 minutes, a significant moment considering the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's attendance at King Charles' coronation last May, where they reportedly had minimal interaction with the monarch and Queen Camilla.
Amidst these unfolding events, palace insiders have confirmed that there are no plans for Harry to meet with Prince William. This lack of scheduled interaction further accentuates the longstanding rift between the brothers, a subject of intense public speculation and media coverage.
The source of the estrangement was further highlighted in Prince Harry's memoir, "Spare," which leveled numerous accusations against his brother.
Prince Harry's Prolonged UK Stay
Furthermore, the release of Omid Scobie’s book, "Endgame: Inside the Royal Family and the Monarchy’s Fight for Survival," in late 2023, intensified the discord.
The book included allegations involving discussions about the skin color of Harry and Meghan’s unborn son by senior royal family members, including the Princess of Wales and King Charles. The extent of Prince Harry's stay in the UK remains uncertain.
However, insiders suggest that he plans to spend more time in England to support his father physically. This decision is reportedly backed by his wife, Meghan Markle. Meanwhile, Prince William, alongside Catherine, Princess of Wales, who is recuperating from abdominal surgery, is set to resume royal duties.
Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams expressed hope for reconciliation, especially in times of crisis. “In a crisis, families should be in it together,” he remarked, reflecting a sentiment shared by many who follow the royal family closely.