In a whirlwind journey from Montecito, California, Prince Harry - the Duke of Sussex - made a poignant return to the United Kingdom following a personal call informing him of his father's cancer diagnosis.
However, the Duke's visit was met with a subtle snub from King Charles, as their brief encounter at Clarence House lasted a mere 45 minutes, leaving many speculating about the state of their relationship.
Two black SUVs, believed to be transporting Prince Harry, were spotted leaving Heathrow Airport's VIP Windsor Suite, arriving promptly at the royal residence around 2:42 pm local time.
Despite the brevity of their meeting, palace sources revealed that the father and son engaged in a private chat before Prince Harry's departure, as Charles later emerged from Clarence House en route to Buckingham Palace.
The monarch's decision to remain at Sandringham for the foreseeable future for recuperation further underscores the gravity of the situation.
Despite a nearly four-year-long feud between Charles and his younger son, reports of reconciliation had surfaced towards the end of last year, hinting at a possible thaw in their strained relationship.
However, palace officials remained tight-lipped about the details of their private exchange, leaving room for speculation about the true nature of their interaction. While the brevity of their meeting may suggest lingering tensions, the reunion nevertheless raised hopes among friends and family that the father and son duo might find a path towards healing their longstanding rift.