Prince Harry has reunited with his father in London, less than 24 hours after the world learned of King Charles’ cancer diagnosis.
The Duke of Sussex made the flight from California to the UK after Buckingham Palace shared the diagnosis.
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His flight touched down on February 6 (UK time) and two black SUVs were photographed at the Windsor Suite at Heathrow Airport waiting for the prince.
He was then driven to Clarence House, and seen heading into the building where he would have reunited with his ill father.
The meeting, which lasted about 30 minutes, was their first in-person catch-up, according to The Sun.
Two SUVs wait outside the Windsor Suite at Heathrow Airport for Harry’s arrival. Credit: Jordan Pettitt /PA Images via Getty ImagesTwo SUVs, one believed to be carrying Harry, arrive at Clarence House. Credit: James Manning/PA Images via Getty Images
A source told the publication the King is “doing very well” and “if you didn’t know there was anything wrong with him you wouldn’t know.”
Harry’s older brother Prince William did not join the reunion.
Later in the day, Charles and his wife Queen Camilla were photographed leaving Clarence House and returning to Buckingham Palace.
Soon afterwards, a helicopter left the palace and headed to the family’s estate at Sandringham, 150km from London.
King Charles and Queen Camilla after leaving Clarence House following the announcement of Charles’ cancer diagnosis. Credit: Getty
The royal standard flag was later raised at Sandringham to indicate the monarch was residing there.
It is understood the Duke of Sussex learned of Charles’ diagnosis directly from his father.
“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,” the source close to Harry told The Press Association on Monday.
The prince’s wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and their children Prince Archie, 4, and Princess Lilibet, 2, have remained in the US.
Prince Harry arrives solo in the UK. Credit: Getty Images
Prince Harry’s prompt travel plans upon learning of the cancer diagnosis matched panicked concern previously exhibited during the late Queen Elizabeth II’s health scares in 2022.
An inside source told Us Weekly that, at the time of his grandmother’s ill health, Harry felt powerless to provide comfort to the Queen, given the geographical distance between them.
“He felt helpless being 5000 miles away in Montecito (California) and has been checking-in non-stop with her,” they told the outlet at the time.
The family moved to Meghan’s home state in 2020, with the royal duo stepping back as working members of the royal family that year.
Harry last returned to the UK to see his father in May 2023 for the King’s coronation.
Charles and Prince Harry at the Invictus Games in London in 2014. Credit: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images
Last month, King Charles was admitted to hospital for a three-night stay, where he had a “corrective procedure” for an enlarged prostate.
The cancer is not understood to be prostate cancer, according to a royal source and an official statement from Buckingham Palace, which called the discovery “a separate issue of concern”.
The palace said the prostate procedure allowed for a “swift intervention” of the detected cancer.
The official statement described the King as “wholly positive” about his upcoming schedule of regular treatments, during which time he has been advised by doctors to postpone public-facing duties.