Published: 08:20, February 7, 2024 | Updated: 10:14, February 7, 2024
Watch: Harry rushes to Britain to see Charles
Prince Harry quickly cleared his diary after King Charles called him and told him of his cancer diagnosis as he rushed from California to London on Monday evening.
Arriving at lunchtime yesterday, the Duke of Sussex had a brief meeting with his father before the monarch traveled to Sandringham to recover from the start of his cancer treatment.
It is believed that Prince Harry stayed overnight in a hotel in London. It is not known exactly how long he plans to spend in the UK.
Harry and Charles may reunite after their emotional reunion, but there is no sign of a thaw in the “incredibly fractured” relationship between the Duke of Sussex and his brother William, royal experts say.
Prince Harry flew 5,000 miles from California yesterday to visit his father for 45 minutes after Charles was given a shock cancer diagnosis. He was the first relative to visit the sick king.
But while Harry's transatlantic foray raised hopes that he will continue to heal wounds with his family, there have been no “signs” of a reunion between the two royal brothers.
BBC Royal correspondent Daniella Ralph said the chances of a reconciliation between the two siblings remained unlikely given their ongoing feud.
“It's a sibling relationship that still looks incredibly fractured.” We don't know if either side has tried in any way to reach a ceasefire. “As things stand there doesn’t seem to be any sign of that,” she told Radio 4.
Princess Anne puts on a brave face in the barracks
Hardy Princess Anne has put on a brave face again following her brother's cancer diagnosis as she heads out for another day of royal engagements.
The Princess Royal visited the Defense Explosive Ordnance Disposal Training Regiment at St George's Barracks in Bicester on Wednesday morning.
She smiled broadly as she spoke with members of the regiment and posed for photos.
Richard Eden: “Harry’s visit is the perfect opportunity to reconcile with William”
Listen to the Mail's Richard Eden explain why he believes Harry's visit to London could be the perfect opportunity for him to reconcile with his family, including his brother, the Prince of Wales.
Crown Prince Alexander of Serbia announced that he had “recently beaten prostate cancer” after admitting that King Charles' “openness” had encouraged him to speak out.
In a shocking statement, the 78-year-old, who is cousin of the 75-year-old British monarch, revealed that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer in December last year.
He previously kept his battle with the disease secret, but Charles' “openness” about his own cancer diagnosis inspired him to speak out.
The 78-year-old said he was “very scared” at the time of diagnosis but support from family and friends helped him through the battle. Alexander has now received the all-clear from the doctors.
He ended the message by sending good wishes to his “dear friend and cousin” Charles and expressing his “high hopes” that the monarch will also be “triumphant” in his recovery.
Pictured: The world's media flocks to London
The announcement that King Charles had been diagnosed with a form of cancer shocked the world on Monday.
Less than 24 hours later, media from all over the world had arrived on the small patch of lawn in front of Buckingham Palace in central London.
How battling cancer changes Charles' routine
King Charles' battle with cancer is changing his normally regimented daily routine – doctors are now insisting he start work later, finish earlier and can no longer continue his habit of skipping lunch.
The monarch has been told he needs to implement a series of new changes to his lifestyle to stay as healthy as possible, including reducing the amount of time he spends sitting at a desk.
Charles, described by his wife as a “workaholic,” has long been admired for his strong work ethic, burning the midnight oil and working late into the night.
But the doctor's order will mean the king will have to reduce his working hours, including postponing his daily morning meeting with his private secretary Sir Clive Alderton from 8.30am to 9am.
The monarch is also known for his strict eating habits of skipping lunch and eating a late dinner – a habit he has maintained for many years – but the king is now advised to eat regular meals instead.
King Charles recovers at Sandringham
King Charles III is recovering after starting his cancer treatment. with his wife Queen Camilla at his Sandringham retreat in Norfolk.
On Tuesday afternoon, the king flew by helicopter from Buckingham Palace to Sandringham after a brief meeting with Prince Harry.
Charles and Queen Camilla were seen for the first time since announcing his cancer as they waved to the crowd as they left Clarence House in London in an official car at 3.35pm before taking a helicopter to Norfolk.
The monarch's Sikorsky S-76C helicopter landed at the royal estate less than an hour later at around 4:20 p.m.
Pictures show the red and helicopter flight to the king's estate – where the family gathered to celebrate Christmas just two months ago.
Sir Chris Bryant: “We should all calm down”
Rhondda Labor MP Sir Chris Bryant told Sky News that “we should all calm down” about the king.
Based on his own experiences, Sir Chris added: “Cancer is not a death sentence.” The worst day was the first night. It gets better.
“As you know, during my treatment they cut a piece out of the back of my head.” “It was all very scary and I'm still here.”
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The Prince of Wales will publicly highlight his father's illness in a speech at the London Air Ambulance's annual fundraising gala in London this evening.
William may also be expected to thank well-wishers and talk about what the royal family has been through in the last few days since the monarch's diagnosis.
However, he will not discuss the ongoing breakdown in relations between him and Prince Harry – and has no plans to see his brother during his visit to the UK.
William will make two public appearances today: first he will hold an investiture ceremony on behalf of the King at Windsor Castle and then he will hold the charity gala tonight.
What's happening today?
There has been a whirlwind of royal news since Buckingham Palace announced on Monday evening that King Charles had been diagnosed with a form of cancer.
Here's what you should pay attention to today:
- King Charles is expected to continue to rest with Queen Camilla at Sandringham;
- All eyes are on Prince Harry after he spent last night alone in a hotel;
- Prince William is holding an investiture ceremony this morning as he returns to royal duties following his wife's abdominal surgery.
- Later he will attend a charity gala for the London Air Ambulance;
- Princess Anne undertakes a busy day of duties including visiting the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and St George's Barracks.
King Charles has long been an advocate of homeopathic medicine and believes that complementary therapies are of great value.
He is convinced that he is Dr. Michael Dixon, 71, a staunch supporter, appointed head of his royal medical establishment in 2022.
After his appointment was announced, Buckingham Palace released a statement saying: “Dr. “Dixon doesn’t believe homeopathy can cure cancer.”
“His position is that complementary therapies can be used alongside conventional treatments provided they are safe, appropriate and evidence-based.”
Prince Harry's London visit marks a “thaw” in his relationship with King Charles
Prince Harry's return to London to visit his father represents a “bit of a boost” in their relationship, says BBC royal correspondent Daniela Relph.
Harry reportedly spent around 45 minutes with the royal at his London residence yesterday.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Relph says both Harry's return so soon after his cancer diagnosis and the fact that the King is waiting for him in London are significant.
The fleeting visit may not seem like much, but she says it involves a “father and son who have seen very little of each other in the last four years.”
Their relationship was “incredibly tense and complicated,” says Relph, and it was important that the king’s younger son came to visit.
But Harry's relationship with his brother Prince William “still appears to be incredibly fractured,” she adds, pointing out that there are no plans for the brothers to meet.
Prince of Wales resumes public engagements
The Prince of Wales will today attend his first royal engagements since his wife was hospitalized for abdominal surgery.
Before his father's cancer diagnosis, William had withdrawn to look after Kate, who will not attend royal duties until after Easter at the earliest, and their three children.
The heir will perform an investiture ceremony this morning before attending the Air Ambulance charity's gala dinner in London this evening.
Watch: William takes on his father's duties
King Charles is said to have coped “excellently” with his cancer diagnosis and is now recovering from a procedure at Sandringham Palace with Queen Camilla after briefly meeting Prince Harry at Clarence House yesterday.
Harry flew more than 5,000 miles from his home in California to London on Monday for a 45-minute meeting with his cancer-stricken father before “spending the night in a London hotel.”
After the King's meeting with Harry, the optimistic monarch flew to Sandringham by helicopter. Sources close to Charles insisted: “If you didn't know what was going on, you would have no idea he even had any illness.”'
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King Charles cancer diagnosis LATEST updates: William will address his father's health as he resumes royal duties, the monarch rests at Sandringham, Prince Harry spends the night alone in the hotel