Prince Harry’s recent visit to the United Kingdom, just ahead of the first anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s passing, has ignited speculation about the enduring nature of the royal family’s internal strife, according to a British television program.
On Thursday, Prince Harry is slated to attend the WellChild Awards in London, marking his first public appearance in Britain since he testified in court in June as part of his legal battle against tabloid publishers. It’s worth noting that he had canceled his appearance at last year’s WellChild Awards when he received news of his grandmother’s impending demise, Queen Elizabeth.
Prince Harry has been a patron of the WellChild charity, which aids seriously ill children, since 2007. After departing from the monarchy and relocating to California in 2020, it is one of the few British organizations he has maintained ties with.
Although Prince Harry’s visit coincides with the anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s death on September 8 and the first anniversary of his father, King Charles III’s, ascension to the throne, speculations suggest that there will be no family reunion.
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Currently, King Charles and Queen Camilla are residing at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, where they are expected to commemorate these occasions in a low-key manner. Prince Harry is scheduled to travel to Germany to attend the 2023 Invictus Games, commencing on September 9.
Newsweek’s chief royal correspondent, Jack Royston, spoke to Sky News anchor Kay Burley about the possibility of a family reunion. Royston stated that there is nothing preventing Prince Harry from visiting his father during this time, as the trip from London to Scotland is feasible to incorporate into his schedule. However, he noted that there seems to be a lack of willingness on both sides to facilitate such a meeting.
This situation raises the question of whether there is any hope for a reconciliation. Royston expressed skepticism about the possibility, suggesting that as soon as people cease making efforts towards reconciliation, hope diminishes significantly. He also hinted at the likelihood of seeing less of Prince Harry in Britain in the coming years.
The last time Prince Harry attended a family event was for King Charles’ coronation at Westminster Abbey in May. Although he attended the historic ceremony without his wife, Meghan, there was no public display of reconciliation. Notably, he was not photographed interacting with his father or his brother, Prince William, who bore the brunt of some of the harshest criticism in Harry’s memoir, “Spare.”
Following the coronation ceremony, Prince Harry did not return to Buckingham Palace for official family portraits. Instead, he was seen boarding a flight back to the United States from a London airport.
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In conclusion, Prince Harry’s visit to the UK for the WellChild Awards has sparked questions about the ongoing rift within the royal family. Despite the significant family milestones occurring around this time, the possibility of a reconciliation remains uncertain, with both sides seemingly reluctant to bridge the divide.