Kinsey Schofield: 'We need to be kinder; when we tear into Harry, it hurts his father' as Prince Harry meets with King Charles

Wednesday 7 February 2024

The Duke of Sussex is said to have been reunited with the King after making a transatlantic dash to be with his father following the shock news.

Harry arrived in London from California on Tuesday afternoon, without the Duchess of Sussex and their children, less than 24 hours after the announcement about the King’s health was made to the nation by Buckingham Palace.

The short meeting between Charles and his youngest son has raised hopes the pair will be reconciled despite their troubled relationship.

A royal commentator has claimed Prince Harry's meeting with his father at Sandringham was for a "very short time" - reportedly as little as 30 minutes - but a "sincere" one.

Kinsey Schofield said: "That's one episode of Friends. That's not a very long time at all.

"I do think, though, that it says a lot about Prince Harry that he made the effort. That's an extremely long plane ride.

"Because of the nature of this story, we need to be a little kinder, because when we tear into Prince Harry, I think it also hurts his father, and his father's dealing with something very traumatic right now.

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"I do believe the King is very grateful to see Prince Harry and ultimately wants a reunion, but they're all being wildly cautious right now.

"Because it's not just the Kings privacy they're trying to protect. They're also trying to protect the princess of Wales's privacy, which was dramatically invaded in Prince Harry's book spare when he went in listed text message by text message between Kate and Megan."

The king and queen leaving Clarence House after the announcement of his cancer diagnosis on Monday

Suggestions the duke could also heal his long-running rift with his brother, the Prince of Wales, look unlikely.

It is understood the Prince of Wales has no plans to meet with Harry.

William is juggling looking after his wife, the Princess of Wales, with caring for their children after Kate’s abdominal surgery.

Dressed in a suit and tie and smart overcoat, the King waved and smiled at well-wishers, with Camilla at his side in the back of the car, as they left Clarence House just after 3.30pm.

A helicopter was seen flying from Buckingham Palace just 10 minutes later.

The King, 75, has postponed all public-facing duties, but is continuing with behind-the-scenes work on his red boxes of state papers.

He usually has a weekly audience with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Wednesday.

Mr Sunak has revealed more of Charles’s condition, saying he was thankful the King’s cancer has been “caught early” as he wished him a full recovery.

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