Prince Charles’ Illness Could Be the Key to Improving Harry and William’s Relationship

In December 2019, China noticed that there were an unusually high number of patients with flu-like symptoms in Wuhan, located in the Hubei Province. It was quickly realized that there was a new disease causing the trouble: It was a new strain of coronavirus.

Fast forward three months later, and the entire world is essentially on lockdown, as the virus has made its way to every continent except Antarctica. And recently, Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, tested positive. One silver lining to the prince’s illness, though, is that it could be the key to improving his sons’ relationship.

Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince Harry
Prince Charles with his sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, in 2014 | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Prince William and Prince Harry have been at odds for a while

The tension between Prince William and Prince Harry reportedly started back when Harry met Meghan Markle. Though William was certainly happy to see his brother so happy, there were rumors that he felt Harry was rushing into marriage. (Harry proposed to Meghan after only a year and a half, whereas William waited nearly seven years before proposing to Kate Middleton).

Harry seemingly confirmed the tension in an interview he did while on his trip to Africa with Meghan last fall. He said the brothers would always love each other but suggested that they were on different pages. It’s unclear if Harry’s tensions with William played a part in his and Meghan’s decision to leave the royal family.

The two are reportedly trying to smooth things over

Now that Harry and Meghan have returned to the U.K. after completing their final royal engagements, there have been additional reports that the couple is trying their best to smooth things over with the rest of the family. It’s possible that spending some time away from royal life has made them want to fix things with the other royals.

“Things are in a better space now between the couple and the royal family,” a source told ET. “While of course there have been tensions, the family is getting through it.” Harry and Meghan seem to have always gotten along with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles, but the tensions between them and the Cambridges have supposedly been rising for a while.  

Prince Charles’ illness could play a key role in bringing the family back together

Charles recently learned that he has become one of more than half a million people diagnosed with coronavirus, or COVID-19, the disease that has created widespread panic and forced the World Health Organization to declare a global pandemic. Charles, who is 71, is at especially high risk with the disease because of his age.

Coronavirus affects those over 65 more than any other age group, and it has no cure. Though Charles has been in good health throughout his life, his sons are undoubtedly worried about him. And the thought of losing their father might just be enough to help Harry and William get over their tensions. Charles will likely recover since he doesn’t have any underlying health conditions, but even the mere thought of tragedy is often enough to bring people together — especially family.

When Harry received the news about his father’s illness, he reportedly wanted to drop everything and head right to the U.K., which shows that he ultimately still makes his family a major priority. Will the thought of losing their father help Harry and William patch things up for good? It’s too early to tell, but we can only hope.