Prince Harry Might Return to Royal Duties Amid King Charles's Cancer Diagnosis

He could take on a temporary role.

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It's been four years since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle officially stepped back as working members of the royal family, but according to a new report, the Duke of Sussex could come back to reprise his role — temporarily, at least. 

On Friday, sources told The Times that Harry, who is fifth in line to the throne, has revealed to friends that he would be willing to resume royal duties amid his father King Charles's cancer diagnosis and sister-in-law Kate Middleton's recovery from abdominal surgery. And Charles is apparently on-board with the idea, with a royal insider explaining that Charles believes Harry's return would "benefit the institution." 

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“On all practical levels, it makes perfect sense for the family to come together to support the King while he’s sick," the source said, adding: "Much has been said on both sides in recent years, but that has never diminished the fundamental bond of blood, and there are now pragmatic aspects to consider, with the King and Kate’s wellbeing ­paramount in this."

They continued, "The details of the Clarence House meeting and subsequent conversations are private, but the feeling is that this arrangement could work."

Earlier this month, Charles was diagnosed with cancer after undergoing surgery for an enlarged prostate in January. He has since postponed all "public-facing duties" but continues to "undertake State business and official paperwork" from home. Kate, meanwhile, isn't expected to attend any royal engagements until after Easter. 

Just yesterday, Harry hinted that there could be a potential reconciliation between himself and his family while speaking with Good Morning America's Will Reeve about his father's health. When asked if Charles's diagnosis could have a "reunifying effect," Harry replied: "Absolutely. Yeah, I'm sure. Throughout all these families, I see it on a day-to-day basis, the strength of the family unit coming together."

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