Prince Harry’s recent visit to Britain, which lasted about 24 hours, did not include a meeting with his brother, Prince William, following Buckingham Palace’s revelation of their father’s cancer diagnosis. This lack of interaction suggests ongoing tension in the siblings’ relationship.
During his brief stay in London on Tuesday, 39-year-old Harry visited his father, King Charles III, but did not engage with his elder brother, William, 41, who is next in line for the throne. This information comes from someone familiar with their schedules.
Harry was seen at Heathrow Airport on Wednesday, preparing for his return to the United States.
In the meantime, William, the king’s elder son, resumed his royal duties, hosting an awards ceremony at Windsor Castle and participating in a charity event.
Details of the conversation between Harry and 75-year-old King Charles during their 30 to 45-minute meeting at Clarence House, the king’s residence in London, remain private.
Ashley Hansen, the global press secretary for Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, chose not to comment on the brothers’ relationship or Harry’s visit.
The media in the UK has closely monitored the relationship between the siblings for years, dating back to their shared grief over the death of their mother, Princess Diana. This scrutiny has intensified since Harry and Meghan relocated to California in 2020.
During their father’s coronation in May, the brothers were notably seated apart, following the publication of Harry’s memoir, which included personal anecdotes about the royal family.
In the 2022 Netflix documentary “Harry & Meghan”, Harry candidly addressed his strained relationship with William, detailing their experiences from the beginning of his relationship with Meghan to their stepping back from royal duties.
He suggested in the documentary that William’s press team was behind the negative stories about Meghan, exacerbating the rift between them.
“The saddest part of it”, Harry said, “was the wedge created between myself and my brother, putting him firmly on the side of the institution”.