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What Prince Harry's visit to the UK says about King Charles' health

King Charles, 75, will soon receive regular treatment for cancer

King Charles and Prince Harry
Sharnaz Shahid
Sharnaz ShahidDeputy Online Editor
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Following the news of King Charles' cancer diagnosis, his second son Prince Harry has been quick to catch a flight to the UK to be with the monarch despite their troubled relationship. 

The Duke of Sussex, 39, flew from California to London on Monday night to reunite with his family. However, his wife Meghan Markle and their two children Prince Archie, four, and Princess Lilibet, two, have not joined him. 

King Charles and Prince Harry
King Charles and Prince Harry have had a strained relationship in recent years

Harry's decision to fly home appears to be a wise one but may also indicate the seriousness of Charles' diagnosis. 

HELLO!'s Royal Editor Emily Nash explains: "Prince Harry coming over is a huge moment. The King's diagnosis will have concerned the whole family, but especially his sons and it's only natural that Harry will want to spend time with him after so long apart. 

"It's about a family coming together during a difficult time, just as any other family would." 

King Charles has announced he has been diagnosed with a form of cancer© Buckingham Palace
King Charles has been diagnosed with a form of cancer

Buckingham Palace confirmed on Monday afternoon that Charles has been diagnosed with a form of cancer and has begun a schedule of regular treatments. And while he has postponed public-facing duties for the foreseeable, His Majesty remains "wholly positive" about his treatment. 

Charles will continue to undertake state business and official paperwork as usual. After learning of the diagnosis, Charles personally notified both his sons Prince Harry and Prince William. HELLO! understands that Prince William is in regular contact with his father following the news. 

Prince William expected to cover some of the King's duties

The Prince of Wales is said to have grown closer to Charles in the wake of Harry’s controversial interviews, documentary and memoir, which saw him launch a flurry of allegations at his family. It is not yet known whether William will meet his brother during his trip to London, with their long-running rift ongoing. 

A timeline of King Charles' recent health journey

Wednesday 17th January - Buckingham Palace announces the King, 75, is to have treatment for a benign enlarged prostate and will be admitted to hospital in a few days. 

Thursday 25th January - The King carried out behind-the-scenes official duties at Sandringham House. 

The King arrives back in London from Norfolk ready for his treatment.

Friday 26th January - The King is admitted to the London Clinic for treatment for an enlarged prostate and also visits Princess Kate, who is recovering in the same hospital. 

Monday 29th January - The King is discharged from hospital and waves at well-wishers. 

Wednesday 31st January - Camilla says the King is "getting on, doing his best" as she opened a Maggie's cancer support centre at the Royal Free Hospital in London. 

Sunday 4th February - The King and Queen attend church in Sandringham, with Charles waving at well-wishers. 

Monday 5th February - At 6pm, Buckingham Palace announces the King has a form of cancer - but not prostate cancer - and has started treatment as an outpatient. 

He will not carry out public-facing duties, but will carry on with behind-the-scenes state business and official papers.

William will no doubt help his father with royal duties, while Harry is not expected to take up any royal duties. 

The Palace's statement said: "His Majesty is grateful to his medical team for their expert care and swift intervention, is wholly positive about his treatment and looks forward to returning to full public duty as soon as possible." 

Camilla and charles leaving hospital© Getty
King Charles remains 'wholly positive' about his treatment

In 2022, the King asked Parliament to add his youngest brother the Duke of Edinburgh and sister the Princess Royal as extra Counsellors of State so they can deputise for him if need be, and the addition was fast-tracked into law. 

The legislation did add Anne and Edward to the list, but stopped short of removing Andrew and Harry. However, the House of Lords heard only "working members" of the royal family would be called upon to act as Counsellors of State.

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