Prince Harry says illness 'brings families together' in first interview since King's diagnosis

Prince Harry spoke about King Charles's illness, family life, and the possibility of getting US citizenship, as ITV Royal Editor Chris Ship reports.

Prince Harry suggested his father King Charles's cancer diagnosis could help ease his strained relationship with his family.

The Duke of Sussex has sat down for a tell-all interview with Good Morning America (GMA) host Will Reeve, which aired on Friday, to mark the start of the Invictus Games for injured military veterans.

Prince Harry was asked if the King's illness could have a reuinifying effect on his family. In response, Harry made reference to the Invictus athletes.

"Throughout all of these families, I see it on a day-to-day basis, the strength of the family unit coming together," Harry said.

"So, yeah, I think any illness, any sickness, brings families together. I see it time and time again, and that makes me very happy", he added.

Harry confirmed he personally spoke with Charles about his diagnosis and quickly made a plan to go see him in person.

"I jumped on a plane and went to go see him as soon as I could," Harry said.

"I love my family. The fact that I was able to get on a plane and go see and spend any time with him, I’m grateful for that."

The Duke of Sussex said he plans to return to the UK soon to see more of his family.

"I’ve got other trips plans that will take me through the UK, or back to the UK, and so I’ll stop in and see my family as much as I can", he said.

Alongside the King's cancer diagnosis, Harry also talked about his life with Meghan Markle and his children in the US, and his passion for supporting wounded warriors.

Harry told ABC his kids are doing "great...growing up fast" and "making us laugh everyday".

When asked about how he was settling into life in America, the Duke of Sussex also said he had considered getting American citizenship.

"[Living in America is] amazing...I love every single day", he said.

"The American citizenship is a thought that has crossed my mind, but certainly is not a high priority for me right now", he added.

Shortly after Buckingham Palace announced the King has a “form of cancer” last week, Prince Harry travelled to London to visit him.

He had 45 minutes with his father at his royal residence at Clarence House.

This week, Prince Harry was in Whistler, British Columbia, with wife Meghan, to visit athletes at training camps and to promote the games he founded for wounded, injured or sick service personnel and veterans after he served in Afghanistan.

The interview also comes a few days after his visit to the UK to visit his father and an unveiling of the Duke's and Meghan's new website.

Harry sported a white helmet as he sped down the frozen track Credit: Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP

While at the training camp, the Duke of Sussex raced head first on a tiny skeleton sled down one of the world's fasted bobsled tracks.

The 2025 games in Vancouver and Whistler will be the first to feature winter sports, including the skeleton, skiing events and wheelchair curling, but it will also host events it has previously, such as indoor rowing, sitting volleyball, swimming, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair basketball.

This is the Royal Rota - our weekly podcast about the royal family, with ITV News Royal Editor Chris Ship and Producer Lizzie Robinson.