Prince Harry Went Into "Panic Mode" When He Heard the Queen Was in Hospital, Source Says

He wants to go visit her in the UK when he can.

london, england may 18 queen elizabeth ii and prince harry attend at the annual chelsea flower show at royal hospital chelsea on may 18, 2015 in london, england photo by julian simmonds wpa pool getty images
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Living far away from family is never easy. That's why I can only empathize with Prince Harry (opens in new tab), who got really worried when he heard that his grandmother the Queen had spent a night in hospital (opens in new tab).

A source tells Us Weekly (opens in new tab) that the Duke of Sussex went into "panic mode" upon the news reaching him, and is hoping to make it to the UK sooner rather than later to be near his grandma.

"He felt helpless being 5,000 miles away in Montecito, [California,] and has been checking in non-stop with her," the source adds. The duke "feels guilty about not saying goodbye" to his grandfather Prince Philip (opens in new tab), who died in April 2021, and is scared of a repeat with Queen Elizabeth, who is 95.

"[He] would never forgive himself if the same thing happened with his beloved grandmother," the source continues. To avoid it, he is "hoping to go back home for Christmas with Meghan, if not before so that she can finally get to meet Lilibet and see Archie again." It was previously reported that the Sussexes might make the journey to England (opens in new tab) for Christmas, though one royal expert was dubious (opens in new tab).

The Queen's night in hospital came after she was advised to rest and cancel her planned trip to Northern Ireland (opens in new tab). The monarch also pulled out (opens in new tab) of the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, which starts on Oct. 31, but resumed key royal duties by meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson, according to Express (opens in new tab).

Prince Harry hasn't returned to the UK since July, when he attended the unveiling of a statue (opens in new tab) of his mother, Princess Diana (opens in new tab). His wife, Meghan Markle (opens in new tab), hasn't been back since the couple stepped down from their royal duties in March 2020. Their daughter Lilibet (opens in new tab) was born in California in June and has yet to meet any of her British relatives in person.

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Iris Goldsztajn is a London-based journalist, editor and author. She is the morning editor at Marie Claire, and her work has appeared in the likes of InStyle, Cosmopolitan, Bustle and Shape. Iris writes about everything from celebrity news and relationship advice to the pitfalls of diet culture and the joys of exercise. She has many opinions on Harry Styles, and can typically be found eating her body weight in cheap chocolate.