King Charles III Prioritizes Charity Work Over Meeting Prince Harry

King Charles III met privately with soccer legend David Beckham to discuss his educational charity, but did not meet with Prince Harry due to a packed schedule. Prince Harry was in the UK for the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games, but the two did not meet despite being in the same country.

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Nitish Verma
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King Charles III Prioritizes Charity Work Over Meeting Prince Harry

King Charles III Prioritizes Charity Work Over Meeting Prince Harry

King Charles III recently met privately with soccer legend David Beckham to discuss the King's Foundation, an educational charity established by Charles in 1986. The meeting took place on May 10, the same week that Prince Harry was visiting the UK to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games.

Despite being in the same country, Prince Harry did not meet with his father due to the King's packed schedule. A spokesperson for Harry stated, "In response to the many inquiries and continued speculation on whether or not the duke will meet with his father while in the U.K. this week, it unfortunately will not be possible due to His Majesty's full program."

Why this matters: The apparent rift between King Charles and Prince Harry has significant implications for the British monarchy's public image and relationships within the royal family. The strained relationship could also impact the monarchy's ability to carry out its charitable and ceremonial duties effectively.

Harry attended a commemorative service at St. Paul's Cathedral on May 8, where he gave a reading, but did not meet with King Charles, Prince William, or Princess Kate Middleton. The Duke of Sussex had invited his family members to attend the service, but they declined due to prior commitments.

This is not the first time Harry has visited the UK recently without meeting his father. In February, he traveled to see the King after Charles' cancer diagnosis was announced. Harry told Good Morning America, "I jumped on a plane and went to go see him as soon as I could... I love my family. The fact that I was able to get on a plane and go and see him and spend any time with him, I'm grateful for that."

King Charles resumed his royal responsibilities in April after his medical team were "encouraged by [his] progress" and "remain positive" about his recovery. Meanwhile, Princess Kate revealed her own cancer diagnosis in March and announced she would retreat from the public eye for preventative chemotherapy.

The apparent rift between King Charles and Prince Harry continues, with the monarch prioritizing his charity work and royal duties over meeting with his son during Harry's recent trip to the UK. Despite the Duke of Sussex's efforts to see his father, their schedules did not align, leaving their relationship strained. As a source close to the royal family noted, "The Duke and Duchess [of Sussex] want to be super respectful and don't want to add stress to the situation. If Will and Kate want their space, Meghan and Harry will give it to them."

Key Takeaways

  • King Charles III met with David Beckham to discuss his educational charity.
  • Prince Harry was in the UK but didn't meet with King Charles due to scheduling conflicts.
  • The apparent rift between King Charles and Prince Harry affects the monarchy's public image.
  • Prince Harry attended a commemorative service at St. Paul's Cathedral but didn't meet with royal family members.
  • The strained relationship between King Charles and Prince Harry continues despite efforts to meet.