Prince Harry has reportedly been "desperate" to return to London for King Charles' coronation, as he misses aspects of British life and is considering spending more time in the UK, reported by The Sun.
Despite losing Frogmore Cottage (a royal house that was given to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as a gift by the late Queen Elizabeth), the Duke of Sussex made multiple attempts to contact his father, King Charles, to discuss plans. However, due to his busy schedule, the new king has only had time for one conversation.
The gap between the Sussexes and the rest of the royal family has been growing since Harry and Meghan's 2018 wedding, but expanded significantly in 2020 when the couple announced they would step back from their royal duties.
The rift deepened further earlier this year when Prince Harry published "Spare," in which he criticized Queen Consort Camilla. This was seen as a red line that Harry shouldn't have crossed, possibly contributing to the king's reluctance to speak with him.
However, royal sources say Harry has made it clear that he wants to spend quality time with his family in the UK.
King Charles couldn't find time to meet Harry when he returned for a High Court case in March. Senior royal sources claim there was no "transatlantic ping pong," but the Duke has reportedly indicated he misses the UK.
In an interview with ITV's Tom Bradby in January, Harry said, "I want a family, not an institution." He also expressed his desire to have his father and brother "back."
Despite the turmoil, insiders say there is a "willingness and wanting to mend on both sides." They also noted that the king is "happy" with his son's decision and "understanding" of Meghan's choice to stay in Montecito, California, where the couple moved shortly after stepping back from theirr royal roles.
Harry's involvement in the ceremony will be minimal, with plans for only a brief visit to London.
He reportedly won't return to Buckingham Palace to join the rest of the family or participate in any additional events during the Coronation weekend.
Reports suggest he will not be invited to stand and wave to crowds alongside King Charles and other royal family members on the Buckingham Palace balcony, as he is no longer an official working royal.
Harry's desire to attend the coronation has led to hopes that his solo trip, without his wife, Meghan Markle, could help rebuild bridges among the royals.
Reports say there is a willingness to mend relationships on both sides, with King Charles expressing happiness with Harry's decision to attend the ceremony.
With only 150 tickets at his disposal, Charles sent the Sussexes their invitation approximately six weeks ago. The main issue with Harry's attendance has been his security.
The Prince is suing the Home Office, claiming the removal of his taxpayer-funded armed guards is "unfair" and "illegal."