Buckingham Palace appears to have ruled out Prince Harry’s return to the royal fold, with palace sources claiming there is “no turning back” for the duke despite flying to the UK to be by his father’s side following his cancer diagnosis. King.
Palace aides have insisted there is “zero per cent chance” the duke will intervene to help the slimmed-down monarchy as King Charles undergoes cancer treatment and the Princess of Wales recovers from abdominal surgery. .
It was reported yesterday that the Duke of Sussex, who stepped down as a senior royal in 2020, would be willing to return to a temporary royal role in support of his father during his illness.
Insiders had revealed that Harry, who is fifth in line to the throne, and Charles had several “warm exchanges” during the duke’s transatlantic trip to Clarence House on February 6.
But palace sources have said The Sunday Telegraph that there is “no turning back” for Harry, who said in an interview in the United States this week that he thought the King’s illness could help unify his family.
The terms of the Sandringham Summit, which detailed the departure of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex from the functioning Royal Family, are understood to remain in place, ruling out a “half in, half out” approach to the monarchy.
The duke, 39, and his father, 75, are said to have not discussed the deal in their 30-minute meeting, which also included Queen Camilla. A source said: “Those terms were quite clear and the king’s illness has not altered that.”
Prince Harry has no chance of being allowed to return to the royal fold, despite flying to the UK following the king’s cancer diagnosis, palace sources have claimed.
Palace advisers have insisted there is “zero per cent chance” the duke will intervene to help the slimmed-down monarchy.
King Charles III and Queen Camilla attend the Sunday service at St Mary Magdalene Church on the Sandringham estate on February 11.
The Sandringham Summit was negotiated in detail between Harry, the late Queen Elizabeth II, King Charles and Prince William.
Another insider said the late Queen Charles and William’s view that a hybrid model of monarchy was not appropriate “remains that way.”
Harry, who this week spent three days in Vancouver and Whistler with Meghan to promote next year’s Invictus Games, told Good Morning America that his own family now lives in California and suggested he might one day apply for US citizenship.
But he added: “I have other trips planned that will take me through or back to the UK, so I will stop and see my family as much as I can.”
This comes after a palace source also said Mirror There is “no chance” of Prince Harry returning as his brother would not allow it because he believes “his brother and Meghan cannot be trusted.”
The source told the newspaper: “It is absolutely and categorically clear that he (William) would not allow Harry to return.”
“There is a zero per cent chance of Harry returning in any capacity.”
Harry reportedly told friends he was returning to Britain to help with royal duties while his father receives cancer treatment.
But in a new claim on Saturday night, senior royals said the Duke of Sussex was “prevented” from having a heart-to-heart with the king by palace aides who they feared would “never get rid of him.”
‘Harry came to see his father, hoping to go to Sandringham. But instead he was asked to be at Clarence House and was limited to 30 minutes,” the source said. The sun on Sunday.
“The fear was that if he went to Sandringham they would never get rid of him.”
Prince Harry, who stepped down as a royal along with his wife, the Duchess of Sussex, in 2020, is a state councilor but is not expected to take on any of the king’s duties while he recovers.
He suggested the King’s illness could lead to a reconciliation with his father in an interview with an American morning show.
Harry also said “I love my family” and that he was “grateful” to be able to spend time with his dad when he flew back to the UK last week.
But last night insiders insisted that no offer had been made to Harry to take on a hybrid ‘half-in, half-out’ royal role, as palace officials reportedly scoffed at the idea and questioned how such an arrangement it might work sometime.
Insisting that other royals such as the Queen, Prince Williams, Princess Anne, Prince Edward and Sophie were “more than capable of holding down the fort”, a source added: “Is Harry really saying he would fly back from California to attend an inauguration?’
King Charles III leaves the London Clinic with Queen Camilla at his side on January 29
Prince William has told friends that he will block any attempt by his brother to return and that he will be the one to take more responsibility if necessary.
A palace source told The Mirror there is “no chance” of Prince Harry returning because his brother would not allow it.
During a tour of the winter sports city of Whistler, which will host the 2025 Invictus Games along with Vancouver, Prince Harry was interviewed by Will Reeve.
A royal source also told the Times that Charles wants to reconcile and see more of his son, and believes doing so would benefit the monarchy.
“On all practical levels, it makes perfect sense for the family to come together to support the King while he is ill,” they said.
“Much has been said on both sides in recent years, but that has never diminished the fundamental blood bond, and there are now pragmatic aspects to consider, with the welfare of the King and Kate being paramount in this.”
The duke’s whirlwind visit to see Charles sparked speculation that the brothers, estranged since the duke stepped down as a working royal, could be on the verge of rebuilding their relationship.
In the interview, broadcast on Good Morning America, it was suggested that a family illness could have a “reunification effect.”
Harry was asked ‘is that possible in this case?’ to which he replied that he was sure.
Buckingham Palace has not given details about Charles’ cancer and Harry refused to divulge any information when asked about his “perspective” on the King’s health, replying “that’s between him and me.”
But he said he would visit his father in the future: “I have other trips planned that would take me through the UK or back to the UK, so I will stop by and see my family as much as I can.” ‘
There was no meeting between the duke and his brother, the Prince of Wales, last Tuesday after Harry spent time with Charles at Clarence House.
The breakdown of the bond between the royal brothers dates back to the early period of Harry’s relationship with his wife Meghan, when his then-fiancée had a falling out with the Princess of Wales in the run-up to their wedding.
Since leaving their position as royals in 2020 and moving to California, the Sussexes have voiced accusations and complaints against the monarchy and members of the royal family that have also soured relations.
The duke and his wife Meghan were in Canada this week hosting a series of events with Invictus competitors to mark one year before Harry’s Invictus Games, for wounded and ill veterans and military personnel, are held in the country.
Prince William talks to Tom Cruise at the London Air Ambulance Charity Gala Dinner
Prince William said he would step up his own royal duties if necessary
They were followed by a film crew led by Will Reeve, the son of late Superman star Christopher Reeve, who interviewed Harry in the winter sports city of Whistler, which will host the 2025 Invictus Games along with Vancouver.
Speaking to Reeve, Harry said: ‘Look, I love my family.
“I’m grateful for the fact that I was able to get on a plane and go see him and spend time with him.”
The duke was asked about his life in America, which he described as “incredible”, and whether he had contemplated becoming an American citizen, and the royal said he had “considered it”.
Harry added: “US citizenship is a thought that has crossed my mind, but it’s certainly not something that is a high priority for me right now.”
When asked how she “processed” what was going on with her family in the UK, the royal responded: “I have my own family, like all of us.” My family and my life in California are what they are.’
Meghan and Harry are raising their two children, Prince Archie, four, and Princess Lilibet, two, in the celebrity enclave of Montecito, California.
The duke said: ‘The children are doing very well, they are growing up like all children, very, very quickly. They both have an incredible sense of humor: they make us laugh and keep us grounded every day, like most kids do.
“I’m very grateful to be a father.”
During the interview, footage was shown of Harry trying out skeleton bobsleigh, one of the winter sports that will debut at the Invictus Games next year.
Harry said that hosting the biennial Games, or events missing a year, was his ‘…annual fix, being in this community and laughing, having fun, no matter what nation you’re from, the jokes are the same.’
“I get a lot of energy just being around these guys.”
Harry and Meghan were photographed returning home to California on Saturday morning after their visit to Canada, the country they fell in love with.
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