Prince Harry will travel to London on September 7, 2023, to attend the WellChild Awards ceremony. The ceremony, which celebrates the achievements of seriously ill children and their families, is one of the few patronages that Harry has retained since he and Meghan Markle stepped back from royal duties in 2020.
Harry’s visit to London will come just one day before the first anniversary of the death of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II. The Duke of Sussex is not expected to meet with his brother, Prince William, or his father, Prince Charles, during his trip.
A spokesperson for Harry said that he is “looking forward to returning to the UK to support WellChild and to meet the children and families who have been supported by the charity.”
The WellChild Awards ceremony will be held at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Harry is expected to give a speech at the ceremony.
The timing of Harry’s trip to London is likely to be seen as significant. The first anniversary of the Queen’s death is a major event in the royal calendar, and Harry’s absence from the ceremony would have been notable. However, by attending the WellChild Awards, Harry is able to mark the anniversary of his grandmother’s death while also supporting a charity that is close to his heart.
Harry’s visit to London is also likely to be seen as a sign of his ongoing commitment to the UK. Despite stepping back from royal duties, Harry has said that he still considers the UK to be his home. His trip to London will be an opportunity for him to reconnect with his family and friends, and to pay tribute to his grandmother.
It remains to be seen whether Harry will meet with his brother or father during his trip. However, his attendance at the WellChild Awards ceremony is a positive step forward in his relationship with the royal family.