'Panic mode': Prince Harry's reaction to Queen's hospital stay

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Prince Harry reportedly went into 'panic mode' when the Queen was taken into hospital last week, with an insider claiming he felt 'helpless' given he is thousands of miles away.

According to US Weekly, a source claimed the Duke of Sussex has been "checking in non-stop" from his home in California, after moving there in 2020 with wife, Meghan Markle.

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Prince Harry reportedly went into 'panic mode' whent he Queen went into hospital. Photos: Getty

"He felt helpless being 5,000 miles away in Montecito and has been checking-in non-stop with her," the insider told the publication, also claiming Harry still “feels guilty about not saying goodbye” in person to his grandfather Prince Philip before his death in April.

"[He] would never forgive himself if the same thing happened with his beloved grandmother."

There are reports Harry and Meghan may visit the UK for Christmas, so that the Queen can meet her great granddaughter Lilibet in person for the first time.

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It was believed that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex might return to the UK for a reception to honour Prince Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana, recently.

However, a spokesperson for the couple confirmed to the Telegraph that they wouldn't be in attendance for the bash at Kensington Palace.

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Harry and Meghan missed an event for Princess Diana. Photo: Getty

A palace spokesperson confirmed last week the 95-year-old monarch was taken to King Edward VII Hospital in London "as a precaution".

She spent the evening in hospital and was discharged in "good spirits" the following day.

Since then the Queen has returned to work undertaking virtual audiences from Windsor Castle this week, though she has had to 'regretfully' cancelled her original plans to attend the upcoming Cop26 Climate Summit in Scotland.

A palace spokesman said: "Following advice to rest, the Queen has been undertaking light duties at Windsor Castle.

"Her Majesty has regretfully decided that she will no longer travel to Glasgow to attend the evening reception of Cop26 on Monday, 1st November.

"Her Majesty is disappointed not to attend the reception but will deliver an address to the assembled delegates via a recorded video message."

It comes as the rest of the royal family are said to be rallying around the Queen, with the monarch and Kate Middleton in particular 'talking more than ever'.

"Kate sent the queen a huge bouquet of flowers from her family. George, Charlotte and Louis made ‘get well soon’ cards," an insider told Us Weekly, adding that the Queen and the Duchess of Cambridge have been "talking more than ever since [the] health scare".

The source also emphasised that Kate "has a special bond with the Queen" and the pair share "one-on-one phone conversation."

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