Prince Harry is ‘Worried’ About Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip Amid Coronavirus Pandemic, Royal Source Says
It wasn’t too long ago that royal family members were cracking jokes about coronavirus, but now in just one week, everything is different. Cases of COVID-19 in the United Kingdom have skyrocketed, forcing businesses to close, schools to cancel, and the government urging citizens to stay home to help stop the spread of the virus. Everyone is worried about elderly relatives and those with compromised immune systems.
That group includes the 93-year-old reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth. The queen reluctantly canceled scheduled appearances for the next few weeks and left Buckingham Palace for Windsor Castle, though multiple news outlets reported that was a normal part of her routine, coronavirus or not.
Now one royal commentator claims that Prince Harry is worried about his elderly grandmother, too. As he should be.
Prince Harry is physically and emotionally distant from his family
After making the announcement that he and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex were planning to “step down” as senior royals and embark on their own path apart from the royal family, things have been tense between Prince Harry and his grandmother, the queen. The two met for a private lunch to discuss matters, but that doesn’t necessarily mean her confidence in him was restored.
And now Harry is dealing with the isolation of his own making coupled with social distancing from a continent away as he, Meghan, and Archie hunker down in Canada.
He’s rightfully worried about his elderly grandparents, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip
Coronavirus is still a huge mystery in the medical community, but there are a few things we know. Chief among these is how it affects certain vulnerable groups of people, including senior citizens and those with compromised immune systems. The queen and her 98-year-old husband Prince Philip fall squarely into that group.
“[Harry] is using their social media group chat more than ever but what he really wants to do is return home simply because he is worried about his family and more so his aged grandparents the queen and the Duke of Edinburgh,” U.K.-based broadcaster Neil Sean told Fox News.
A source told Sean that Harry is feeling “alone” in his new environment, especially during this global health crisis.
Prince Harry may be realizing the lasting consequences of Megxit
There’s nothing like a worldwide pandemic to make you realize what’s truly important in life: health, safety, and family. It’s true that Prince Harry has the family he chose close by his side right now. But after spending a lifetime as Prince William’s brother and an integral part of the royal family, it’s only natural for him to be missing the comfort of the home he’s always known.
“Let’s not forget he remains part of the British royal family and with that comes commitment,” Sean said, according to Fox News. “He really would like to be at home and help in any way he can but knows he can’t just now.”
Would Harry return to the United Kingdom if the queen asked him to?
At this point, there’s not much action Queen Elizabeth can take to support citizens besides being a strong leader and keeping morale high. And that’s something even Prince Harry could help with. But would he?
“I truly believe that if Harry was requested back to the U.K. to support his subjects and the British people in this very trying time for the world he would not hesitate,” Sean predicted. “But the offer has to come from the royal family. He is far too stubborn to make the first move and it remains to be seen for now who will crack first.”
It’s unclear how the coronavirus pandemic will pan out. It’s even less obvious what will happen between Prince Harry and the royal family. But this global concern could be a significant catalyst for how Harry and Meghan treat their family in the future.