Prince Harry’s Brief Reunion With King Charles Reportedly Had Drastic Impacts on Their Relationship

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Though their meeting was reportedly less than an hour long, Prince Harry and King Charles III may have bridged a gap and strengthened the ties that bind the father-son pair together following years of tension. The Duke of Sussex flew to the United Kingdom from his home in Los Angeles following his father’s cancer diagnosis. One royal expert believes the pair’s meeting might spell the end of the royal family feud, and the beginning of a new chapter.

King Charles “personally telephoned” Harry to inform his youngest son about his cancer diagnosis, royal expert and author Katie Nicholl said, per Entertainment Tonight. From there, Harry took a flight to the U.K. and met with his father for a private, though brief, meeting. Harry hadn’t seen King Charles since the sovereign’s coronation last May, and even then the two didn’t spend much time together.

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But Nicholl has reason to believe this short reunion may indicate shifting tides as far as the father and son’s relationship is concerned. King Charles “desperately wants to reconcile with Harry,” Nicholl said per ET. Though their meeting wasn’t very long, it was “absolutely fundamental and important and healing the rift between father and son,” said Nicholl.

“I certainly think we’re seeing a real thawing in the relations between Charles and his son,” the royal expert said. “I know, for Charles, the door has always been left open regardless of some of the things Harry has written… I was told by a source very close to the king that whatever Harry has said or done, he loves his son.” According to Nicholl, King Charles wants to have a relationship with Harry and his family — Harry’s wife Meghan Markle and the couple’s two children, Prince Archie, 4, and Princess Lilibet, 2.

It’s been years since Prince Harry and his father had a strong, positive relationship. But as Nicholl noted, “when someone has a serious health scare like this, it does make you reassess things.” With Harry already heading back to the United States, per Harper’s Bazaar, we’ll have to wait and see what develops from this brief father-son reunion.

Click here to see a complete timeline of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s feud with the royal family.

Kate Middleton, Prince William, Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle
Kate Middleton, Prince William, Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle

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