• King Charles is still icing Harry out
  • With Father's Day coming he's tried reaching out
  • The rift seems permanent now

Despite their strained relationship, Harry's efforts to reach out around significant family occasions underscore the complexities of their royal rift. With Father's Day around the corner, all eyes are on whether these attempts will bridge the gap between the estranged father and son.

Charles wants nothing from Harry

Prince Harry's quest to mend his strained relationship with his father, King Charles, has hit another snag, according to royal insiders. Despite his best efforts, Harry is reportedly finding it difficult to even schedule a call with the King, a situation that royal expert Tom Quinn describes as a "nightmare" for Harry, especially with Father's Day fast approaching.

After flying over to UK hours after news of the monarch's cancer diagnosis became public in February, the 39-year-old failed to meet with his father during his short visit to Britain last month.

The reason was put down to their conflicting schedules, with royal expert and author Tom Quinn now saying that Harry is enduring a "nightmare" as Father's Day fast approaches.

Since stepping back from his royal duties in 2020, Harry's relationship with his father and brother has been notably tense. His recent trip to the UK, intended to show support after the King's cancer diagnosis, ended without a father-son reunion due to "conflicting schedules."

"He knows the world will be watching to see whether he is big enough to reach out to his father. He is determined to try to ignore his troubled relationship with his father and he will certainly send a warm message," Quinn said.

"It’s easy to forget that Harry really does love his father, he just hates the fact that Charles seems always to support William when there is a family dispute."

Quinn reveals, "Harry has tried to schedule a call with his father already, but...Camilla advising against anything that might upset King Charles."

Despite the drama, it's clear that Harry's feelings for his father are complex. "He really does love his father," Quinn notes, highlighting the emotional turmoil underpinning their relationship. Harry's determination to reach out, even in the face of rejection, speaks volumes about his desire to heal the family rift.

Adding another layer to the story, King Charles reportedly longs for a closer relationship with his grandchildren, Archie and Lilibet, whom he mostly sees through video calls as 'The Mirror' reveals.

A source told the publication: "The King is absolutely committed to being present in all of his grandchildren’s lives. He values family above everything and whatever the course of his ­relationship with his son he would never be content with just seeing his grandchildren on the odd video call."

The Duke currently has no official residence in the UK after leaving the palace and being evicted from Frogmore Cottage last year. During his time back in his hometown for the Invictus anniversary, he chose to stay in a hotel and reportedly turned down King Charles’ invite to live in a royal residence close to Clarence House in London.

Sources say Harry was concerned about security.

Now, according to royal author Tom Quinn, the Duke might be missing some aspects of his old life, which makes him sad. The author stresses that he might miss his old army friends and life, partly why he is determined to find a permanent base in the country, alongside the fact that he wants his children Archie and Lilibet to know more about their roots

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As Father's Day approaches, the world watches to see if this occasion will mark a turning point for the royal family's strained relations. Will Harry's attempts to connect bear fruit, or will the silence continue? Only time will tell.