Prince Harry arrived in London to meet King Charles III, just hours after Buckingham Palace revealed the monarch’s cancer treatment. The Duke of Sussex appeared to drop everything to board a plane to Britain, where he was photographed in the back of a car approximately 21 hours after the news broke publicly. Harry is thought to have visited Clarence House in London, where the king has been staying after crossing the Atlantic.
Charles later made his first public appearance since the diagnosis, being driven to Buckingham Palace and taken away in a helicopter shortly before 4 p.m. U.K. time (11 a.m. ET) on Tuesday. The prince’s quick decision to help his father in his hour of need has given royal commentators hope that some reconciliation is on the way after years of feuding.
Our King biography author Robert Jobson told College Unified News that it was up to Harry to make the first move: “I think Charles should and must focus on his health and pace his recuperation appropriately.” Kristina Kyriacou, Charles’ former communications secretary, told Sky News that no one should rush to his bedside.
A Buckingham Palace statement on Monday read: “During the king’s recent hospital procedure for benign prostate enlargement, a separate issue of concern was identified. Subsequent diagnostic tests revealed a form of cancer. His Majesty has started a regular treatment schedule, and doctors have advised him to postpone public appearances during this time. Throughout this time, His Majesty will continue to conduct state business and complete official paperwork as usual.