Prince William, 41, returned to his royal duties today by leading an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle. He did this while his wife Kate was recovering from abdominal surgery and his father Charles was resting at Sandringham after his first treatment for cancer.
William gave more than 50 honours on behalf of the King, including one to former England women’s footballer Ellen White, 34.
The last time people saw Prince of Wales was on 18 January, when he met his wife outside a clinic in London. They will not be seen by anyone until Easter or later.
Prince Harry arrived in London yesterday and had a ‘brief meeting’ with Charles at Clarence House. But sources close to William said he had ‘no plans’ to see his estranged brother.
William will appear at a charity gala tonight, where he is expected to talk about his father’s charity diagnosis for the first time. He may also thank the supporters and share how the royal family has been coping in recent days.
However, the heir to the throne will not talk about his brother Harry, who a royal expert said had a ‘completely broken’ relationship with him.
Prince Harry flew 5,000 miles from California to see his father for 45 minutes after he found out he had cancer.
But when Harry’s transatlantic dash raised hopes that he would heal wounds with his family, there was no sign of any unity between the royal brothers.
BBC’s royal correspondent Daniela Relph said that the chances of reconciliation between William and Harry were low because of their ongoing feud.
‘It’s a sibling relationship that still looks incredibly broken. We don’t know if either side has reached out in any way, if there has been any attempt to find a truce. As things stand there doesn’t seem to be any sign of that, she told Radio 4.
“You have to read that as a sign of the state of their relationship, nothing in the diary we’re told for them to meet up while Harry’s in the UK,” she added.
She continue, “It also means Harry won’t be visiting his sister-in-law, the Princess of Wales, who has been unwell, someone he was once very close to.”
Prince Harry was one of the first family members to visit Charles after his shocking diagnosis became public.
According to the Telegraph, Harry did not cancel another visit with his father, but it is believed that he will not see his older brother while he is staying in London.
Royal biographer Robert Hardman told Radio 4 that it is common for families who fight to ‘come together’ in hard times.
Mr Hardman said “In times of crisis families do come together, and I think everyone will be happy to see that.”
“I think there is a sort of sense of business as usual going on and that’s very much a message that the palace is trying to put out, but if along the way we can see some bridges being built, then that’s got to be a good thing,” Mr Hardman added.
Prince William, 41, went back to his royal work today after he decided to ‘clear his diary’ last month to help the Princess of Wales during and after her operation. But people don’t expect him to do full-time royal duties yet.
Tonight, he will join the annual fundraising gala for the London Air Ambulance. He has been the patron of the charity since 2020.
The gala is held to support the biggest fundraiser of the charity so far, who hopes to raise £15 million to replace the helicopter’s bed.
After today, William has no more duties this week and he will be back with Kate and the kids next week for their half-term break.
Princess Anne will be back in action today after doing four engagements yesterday. She has three scheduled today in Berkshire, London and Oxfordshire.
“The Prince has always made clear that his priority is to support his wife and family for the time being – and he did not put a timescale on that.” a source told Daily Mail.
“He will make a return to duties on Wednesday but you should not expect to see him again for a bit after that,” the source added.
People think that William’s team at Kensington Palace is discussing with their counterparts at Buckingham Palace which public duties William could do instead of his father.
He might do more investitures and, maybe, he will lead the family at events like the annual Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey next month.
But the King insisted on keeping a firm grip on the state business during his treatment, so there is very little chance that the future king will need to handle any constitutional matters.
People think that William, 41, has his father’s ‘100 percent’ support to come back at his own pace.