Meghan Markle has forbidden Prince Harry from traveling, including to return to the UK to see his sick father Prince Charles, a source exclusively told DailyMail.com.
Prince Charles, 71, tested positive for coronavirus on Tuesday and is in self-isolation on the Balmoral estate in Scotland with his wife Camilla, representatives for the royal said in a statement.
The insider said the Duchess of Sussex told Harry that ‘under no circumstances, is she okay with him traveling anywhere right now.’
The source added: ‘Meghan said Harry’s been in touch with his dad… Of course, he’s frustrated. She said they both are frustrated because they are doers and want to do so much more to help.’
Harry last saw his father earlier this month, publicly seen together at the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in London on March 9.
The insider also revealed Meghan told her inner circle that she is looking into fostering a black Labrador named Cole in order to help ease the strain on local animal shelters and rescue groups, and urged her friends to do the same.
Meghan and Harry are currently holed up at their waterfront mansion on Vancouver Island with baby Archie and are taking extra precautions during the pandemic by making staffers follow a strict hygiene protocol and wear latex gloves.
Prince Charles, who is next in line to the throne, is said to be suffering from ‘mild symptoms’ and is in self-isolation. He became sick two weeks after meeting coronavirus-stricken Prince Albert of Monaco, who tested positive five days ago.
DailyMail.com previously revealed Meghan and Harry were self-isolating in Canada, and Meghan had confided in friends that her husband felt ‘helpless’ and was ‘concerned’ about the Queen and his father Prince Charles catching coronavirus.
The friend added: ‘Meghan told her inner circle of friends that Harry has been communicating with Prince William and the Queen on a pretty consistent basis.
‘She said this world crisis has actually brought them all closer together, especially Harry and his brother.
‘Harry has made it very clear to them that he will do whatever he can to help from Canada.
‘Meghan said they are grateful, especially Harry, that they could spend time with his family before all this insanity began.’
Meanwhile, Meghan has been looking at ways to help out at home and is looking into fostering a dog, joking to friends that ‘fostering meant keeping.’
The Duchess of Sussex already has two rescue dogs, a beagle named Guy and a Labrador-shepherd mix called Bogart, and she and Prince Harry added a black lab, believed to be named Oz, to their family in late 2018.
The source added: ‘Meghan said they were originally interested in a three-month-old mixed breed puppy named Panda, but are now looking at a slightly older black lab named Cole, who is really good with young kids and other dogs.
‘Meghan said they have plenty of space and it wouldn’t be a problem.’
The friend also revealed Archie, who celebrates his first birthday in May, is a ‘bundle of energy’ and is constantly babbling.
They added: ‘Archie has now learned how to pull himself up while in the crib which Meghan said is cute, but can be a bit nerve-wracking.
‘She also said Archie’s new thing is blowing kisses, which is just absolutely adorable.’
While in self-isolation, Meghan and Harry started working with experts on how to best serve the public during this time, believing the pandemic is also a mental health crisis and feel ‘compelled to help’.
They have since used their SussexRoyal Instagram account to share tips on how to stay safe during the pandemic, most recently sharing a post with the six WHO recommendations.
the list of advice, which included ‘wash your hands often’ and ‘avoid touching your face’, the couple wrote: ‘For all of us, the best way we can support health workers is to make sure we do not make their job any harder by spreading this disease further.’
The friend added: ‘Meghan said just because they are isolating themselves, it doesn’t mean they can’t help. They aren’t just sitting around at home doing nothing.’
They continued: ‘Meghan told her inner circle that what’s happening in the world right now is a mental health crisis.
‘She said they are working with a mental health non-profit to create some sort of online support system for those most vulnerable, like new mothers suffering from postpartum depression.
‘People who lack support systems need reassurance that they are not alone.’