Prince Harry sets May trip to London as cancer-stricken King Charles announces return to duties

Prince Harry will return to London in May after King Charles III announced he’ll be resuming his royal duties amid his cancer diagnosis, Page Six can confirm.

The Duke of Sussex will stop in London to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games on May 8, according to BBC.

Harry –– who founded the annual multi-sport event –– is scheduled to attend a “service of thanksgiving” and give a reading with Damian Lewis at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, per the outlet.

Harry will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games. UK Press via Getty Images
It’s unclear if his wife, Meghan Markle, will join him. Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

A spokesperson told the outlet that the tenth anniversary ceremony will celebrate “a decade of changing lives and saving lives through sport.”

It’s unclear if Harry’s wife, Meghan Markle, will stand alongside him or if he’ll be attending solo.

The spokesperson also didn’t clarify if Harry, 39, will spend any time with his father or brother, Prince William, in his first visit to the United Kingdom since flying to see his dad after the King’s cancer diagnosis in February.

Harry’s visit will mark the first time he’s been back to London since checking in on his dad amid his cancer diagnosis in February. Getty Images
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will then travel to Nigeria. Getty Images

Harry and Markle, 42, have only visited Harry’s former homeland a handful of times since quitting their royal duties in 2020.

After London, both Harry and Meghan will jet off to Nigeria as guests of the Chief of Defense Staff, Page Six can confirm.

Meghan and Harry will reportedly meet with various service members and “take part in a variety of cultural activities,” according to People.

The Nigerian trip will also focus on his Invictus Games milestone. Getty Images for the Invictus Games Foundation
Markle previously learned that she is of Nigerian descent. dpa/picture alliance via Getty Images

Similar to his London visit, the Nigerian trip will also center around the Invictus Games and their inclusion of the country last year.

“The visit is to consolidate Nigeria’s strong hold at the game and the possibility of hosting the event in later years,” the Acting Director of Defence Information said in a statement.

The country holds a special place in the Harry and Markle’s hearts, as he revealed in 2022 that she was 43 percent Nigerian.

The couple didn’t clarify if they’ll be bringing their two children. PA Images via Getty Images
The announcement of Harry’s return to London comes just a few days after Buckingham Palace announced King Charles would be resuming his public duties. Getty Images

“Now, I’m not saying we play favorites in our home, but since my wife discovered she’s of Nigerian descent, it’s likely to get a little bit more competitive this year,” he said at the games last year.

Harry last flew out to London to check on King Charles, 75, after the King shared he was diagnosed with an undisclosed kind of cancer in February.

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On Friday, Buckingham Palace announced that the monarch would return to his public duties with his wife, Queen Camilla, amid his ongoing battle.

Charles and his wife, Queen Camilla, will start with joint appearances. Millie Pilkington/Buckingham Palace via Getty Images
Meanwhile, Kate Middleton is also getting treatment after announcing her cancer diagnosis last month. BBC Studios

“To help mark this milestone, The King and Queen will make a joint visit to a cancer treatment centre next Tuesday, where they will meet medical specialists and patients. This visit will be the first in a number of external engagements His Majesty will undertake in the weeks ahead,” they shared in a statement.

Meanwhile, Prince William’s wife, Kate Middleton, announced last month that she was diagnosed with cancer and was preparing to begin preventative chemotherapy.

“In January, I underwent major abdominal surgery in London, and at the time, it was thought that my condition was noncancerous. The surgery was successful. However, tests after the operation found cancer had been present,” she said in a video.