In this most eventful of weeks for the Royal Family, the unanticipated return of Prince Harry to Britain has created new drama. Indeed, so unexpected have the tidings of the last few days been that the sudden arrival of the Duke of Sussex at his father’s side yesterday – a seismic and unprecedented event, given the current state of relations between Harry and the rest of the Royal Family – has barely been given the attention that it deserves. The meeting between the King and his younger son is said to have lasted around half an hour and to have taken place at Clarence House, before Charles headed off to Sandringham and Harry – who, notoriously, has no permanent residence in Britain – headed to the luxurious confines of a five-star hotel.
It is, as yet, unclear as to how the meeting between the two went, although given their recent moves towards a reconciliation, the potential for awkwardness has largely already been defused, despite the unobliging things that Harry has written and said about his father over the past year. The King, understandably, was said to have been exhausted from the first round of cancer treatment that took place on Monday, and so the encounter between him and his son – the first time that they have been face to face privately since the Queen’s death in September 2022 – was shorter than it might otherwise have been. Yet it has been suggested that the two may well try to meet again during Harry’s time in Britain, to firm up the relationship that had been distinctly imperilled by the publication of Spare and the attendant hoo-ha that it produced.
But there remains little chance that Harry will be patching up his relationship with his brother.