As the British newspaper Mirror reports, Prince Harry can expect an awkward reunion with his family when he returns to Britain in early May. The Duke of Sussex is due to attend the 10th anniversary celebrations of the Invictus Games, which will include a special service at St Paul's Cathedral on May 8.

Prince Harry's delicate homecoming: the royal family is waiting for him without excuses

The relationship between Prince Harry and his family in Britain has been extremely strained and distant for years. However, Harry is expected to meet them despite the potential “awkwardness” as the royal family “will not be fooled by excuses”, according to The Mirror.

“Unless there's a big surprise, Harry will be back in Britain for the Invictus Games in May – that's his baby,” says royal expert Tom Quinn, adding that Harry's cancellation requires an explanation, otherwise everyone would assume he wanted to avoid an unpleasant encounter with his brother.

The meeting with brother William could only last a few minutes

Quinn believes the Duke of Sussex would do well to avoid seeing his brother again. “Not coming would be worse than finding a compromise where Harry sees William for ten minutes, or finding an excuse as to why he doesn't have time to see his brother and father and has to return to the US.”

Prince Harry's visit also comes with tense emotions after he lost a UK High Court case against the Home Office and RAVEC earlier this year. This included downgrading his security rating after stepping down as an active member of the royal family.