Prince Charles and Prince Harry Reportedly Planned a Secret Dinner Meeting During Harry's Last Visit

Prince Charles and Prince Harry had plans for a one-on-one dinner during Harry's last trip to the UK, a royal source says.

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  • During his most recent trip home to the United Kingdom earlier this month, Prince Harry reportedly had plans for a one-on-one dinner with his father, Prince Charles.
  • The royals reportedly planned to get together to begin the process of healing their strained relationship and working through the issues that got them to this point, including some raised by Harry during his sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey this spring.
  • According to the Daily Mail, Charles was reportedly "dreading" the dinner and it's unclear if he and Harry followed through on their plans or decided to push the meeting back to a future date. 

Prince Harry (opens in new tab) may have taken the first step toward repairing his relationship with his dad, Prince Charles (opens in new tab).

According to the Daily Mai (opens in new tab)l (opens in new tab), a royal source says the estranged father and son made plans to have dinner together one-on-one when Harry was back home in the United Kingdom for a ceremony to unveil a memorial statue (opens in new tab) in honor of his late mother, Princess Diana (opens in new tab).

Although Charles was in Scotland when Harry and his brother, Prince William (opens in new tab), unveiled the statue in London, the Daily Mail report suggests he had planned to travel back to London to get some face time with his youngest son and to begin the process of working through their issues, some of which Harry discussed publicly during his and Meghan Markle's sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey (opens in new tab) this spring. Charles, at least, was not said to be looking forward to having those hard conversations.

"A nervous Charles was said to be 'dreading' the dinner—presumably in case he made some faux pas which could be misconstrued and repeated to the Duchess of Sussex back home in California," according to the Daily Mail report.

There's no word about how the secretive dinner went—or if it actually happened, for that matter. We'll all just have to wait and see how things progress between Harry and the rest of the royal family, but, as the Mail points out, just the fact that plans like these are being made is a move in the right direction.

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