Prince Harry
Jade Small
Jade Small
February 28, 2024 ·  3 min read

Critics Slam Prince Harry For Transatlantic Trip To Spend 30 Minutes With Ailing Father Only To Be ‘Enjoying Glitzy Super Bowl Festivities’ 24hrs Later

According to royal observers, Prince Harry took a plane to London to avoid being spotted at the ‘glitzy Super Bowl festivities’ in Las Vegas, which marked his father’s first public appearance since his cancer diagnosis. The Daily Mail reports that the 39-year-old Duke of Sussex traveled more than 5,000 miles on Tuesday to see his father, but their encounter lasted only 30 minutes. He left his residence in California. After just one day in the UK, he quickly returned to his Montecito home, but, as it is thought he spent the night at a posh hotel rather than a royal mansion.

It is now being questioned if his hasty departure for the UK was motivated by the knowledge that, less than twenty-four hours later, he would be seen ‘enjoying’ the lavish celebrations at the event in Las Vegas. A critic wrote on X, saying, “The first pictures of Prince Harry following the King’s cancer diagnosis would have been of him enjoying glitzy Super Bowl festivities if he hadn’t flown to London for that half an hour with his father.” While Charles would have been touched by his “darling boy’s” gesture, according to Mr. Jobson, there has been “some disquiet” since the Duke “took it upon himself” to fly over “unbidden.”

Prince Harry Spends Less Than 45 Mins With Father After Travelling For 10 Hours 

Harry surprised royal admirers by making an appearance to present the Walter Payton Man of the Year award. Harry was not anticipated to be seen again until he and Meghan went to Canada for an Invictus Games event the following week. The defensive lineman for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cameron Heyward, accepted the trophy and said, “Prince freakin Harry, I’m just shocked, that’s Prince Harry.” He was equally shocked to meet the duke.

Prince Harry delivers a speech in the US only 24 hours after visiting his father in the UK
Image Credits: Associated Press

The Duke made light of the disparities between American football and rugby in a very British speech. Examples of these disparities were the NFL season’s short 18 weeks and players’ “break every 15 seconds.” However, his father, his journey to London, and the rest of his family were not mentioned. After the King’s unexpected cancer revelation, Prince Harry spent around 45 minutes with Charles at Clarence House in London, following a ten-hour journey from Los Angeles.

Since then, it has been reported that King Charles was prepared to leave Clarence House for Sandringham, where he will reportedly spend most of his therapy rehabilitating. However, he was reportedly obliged to wait till his son cleared his diary and boarded the first aircraft from Los Angeles. To put it frankly, the King was not thrilled with what amounted to a fait accompli delivered up by an emotional but well-meaning son, according to Robert Jobson.

A Son Late For His Meeting

Their Majesties were left kicking their heels at Clarence House, their main London home, thanks to Harry’s intervention,” he said, “while they waited for the errant younger son to appear.” The fact that Harry was not invited to stay at Clarence House or any other royal home is startling. The choice to travel was made at the last minute, requiring him to reserve a hotel room for the evening.

Although the cancer’s form and stage are unknown, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak told the BBC that it had been detected “early.” Choosing to make the condition public is a significant departure from previous monarchs who have traditionally maintained strict confidentiality about their medical struggles. The King believes that by making it public, people may be encouraged to see a doctor about their worries. This is according to the Palace.

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