Prince Harry arrives at Heathrow less than 24 hours after arriving in UK to see King

Prince Harry is on his way back to California to be reunited with his wife Meghan Markle and their children having made a whirlwind trip back to the UK.

By Emily Ferguson, Royal Editor

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Prince Harry has arrived at Heathrow airport (Image: Ian Vogler)

Prince Harry has arrived at London's Heathrow Airport less than 24 hours after he rushed from LA to meet with his father following King Charles's shock cancer diagnosis.

He touched down on UK soil on Tuesday afternoon, without Meghan Markle and their children, less than 24 hours after the announcement about the King's health by Buckingham Palace.

Harry is understood to have wanted to come straight to London after hearing of his father's diagnosis, but waited until the palace had made the news public.

He then hopped on a plane at LAX airport on Monday evening - having waited for the news to break at 6pm - and was pictured arriving at London's Heathrow about 2pm on Tuesday afternoon.

Two black SUVs, which were seen leaving Heathrow Airport's VIP Windsor Suite, were then pictured arriving at Clarence House, the King's London residence, at 2.42pm.

Harry then met with his father for the first time since the Coronation in May. They are understood to have chatted for about 45 minutes.

Palace officials gave no details afterwards on the content of their private meeting. It is thought the King kept the details to himself, but their reunion raised the hopes of friends and family hoping they can find a way to heal their rift.

One well-placed source, noting the length of time they spent talking, said: “I’d have thought that was cause for optimism.”

King Charles then took a helicopter, which was delayed so that the pair could chat, with his wife Queen Camilla to Sandringham.

Harry is thought to have stayed at a luxury London hotel last night and not at an official royal residence. He no longer has a UK base because he was forced to hand back the keys to Frogmore Cottage last year.

Royal expert Marlene Koenig said of the flying visit: "That tells me this was not a successful visit in terms of being able to spend more time with his father. This is sad."

Next week, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will head to Canada to kick-start the official one-year countdown to the 2025 Invictus Games.

The Vancouver Whistler Games will mark the first winter sports event in Invictus Games history.

Harry and Meghan will head north from February 14-16, where they will join members of the participating nations’ winter training camp.

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