Prince Harry will rush to be by his father’s side in the coming days, following King Charles’ cancer bombshell announced on Monday.
The Duke of Sussex, who lives in the US, will travel to the UK after a source revealed he spoke directly to his father about the shock diagnosis.
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King Charles was admitted to hospital for a three-night stay late last month, 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 grim discovery “a separate issue of concern”.
“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.
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Harry will fly from California, where he lives with his wife Meghan Markle and their children Archie, 4, and Lilbet, 2, to offer support for the 75-year-old King.
It’s understood King Charles personally informed both Harry and Prince William, along with his brothers Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, and his sister Princess Anne, about the health scare, People reported.
Buckingham 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.
Harry and Meghan responded to King Charles’ prostate procedure last month by separately reaching out “to pass on their concern and best wishes,” according to a Sussex royal source statement to the Mirror.
But Prince Harry’s prompt travel plans upon learning of the cancer diagnosis matches panicked concern previously exhibited during the late Queen Elizabeth II’s health scares years earlier.
An inside source told Us Weekly that at the time of his grandmother’s previous 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.
Harry last returned to the UK to see his father in May 2023 for the coronation.