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Meghan Markle has forbidden Prince Harry from traveling amid the coronavirus pandemic, including a trip overseas to see his father Prince Charles, who tested positive for COVID-19.
Harry’s 71-year-old father, who is first in line to the British throne, tested positive for coronavirus after displaying mild symptoms, his office announced Wednesday.
Charles and his wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, have since traveled to the Balmoral estate in Scotland for self-isolation. Sources now have told the Daily Mail that Markle has laid down the law: “Under no circumstances is she okay with him traveling anywhere right now.”
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Meghan Markle has reportedly banned Prince Harry from traveling amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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The source confirmed Harry has been in touch with the Prince of Wales since his test results came back positive. Both the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are “frustrated” they cannot do more to help, the insiders said.
Markle’s travel ban on Harry comes after U.K. media correspondent Neil Sean told Fox News that Harry, who is currently in Canada with Markle and their son Archie, “wanted to return straight away” but was told by the patriarch “not to travel,” assuring the 35-year-old “he will be fine.”
One positive takeaway to Charles’ diagnosis is that it has brought Harry and his older brother, Prince William, closer together after a months-long rift between the siblings.
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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II is joined by Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, and at rear, from left, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William, Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during a reception at Buckingham Palace, London to mark the 50th anniversary of the investiture of the Prince of Wales.
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“Harry and [his older brother] William are now on speaking terms again and this has healed the rift that was ongoing,” a palace insider told Sean. “Both brothers have linked with up to Charles via video and joked and made him feel happy that they were together again.”
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Charles’ diagnosis came on the heels of an announcement from the British royal family last week declaring events would be either canceled or postponed as Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip embarked to Windsor Castle one week early to distance themselves.
From left, Britain’s Prince Harry, Prince William, Meghan Duchess of Sussex and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge leave the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in London.
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Charles and Camilla had already canceled their upcoming eight-day royal tour, which was set to begin on March 17 and conclude on March 25, with stops in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of Cyprus and Jordan.
Camilla has tested negative for COVID-19 and Queen Elizabeth remains in healthy condition, a Buckingham Palace spokesperson confirmed Wednesday.
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“Her Majesty The Queen remains in good health. The Queen last saw the Prince of Wales briefly after the investiture on the morning of the 12th of March and is following all the appropriate advice with regard to her welfare,” the spokesman said.
The family’s annual Maundy service at St. George’s Chapel on April 9 has already been canceled, and along with it, three garden parties scheduled to be hosted by the queen in May will also no longer be held, the statement confirmed.
Fox News’ Stephanie Nolasco contributed to this report.