Prince Harry returns to UK for Prince Philip’s funeral a year after leaving for the US

Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Harry watch the flyby from the balcony of Buckingham Palace

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Prince Harry has returned to the UK to attend his grandfather’s funeral.
He returned to the royal family’s side to bid farewell to Prince Philip, who passed away peacefully at 99 on Friday.

It’s an important reunion, as it is Harry’s first trip home since he and his wife Meghan Markle left for California after their shock break from royal life.

The couple have been in the United States throughout the pandemic and it was only last month that they gave a revealing interview to Oprah Winfrey that plunged Buckingham Palace into crisis.

It was believed that Harry would likely isolate himself for about five days after arriving from the United States, where he lives with Meghan, who is pregnant with a baby girl, and her son Archie.

Harry is believed to be allowed to bypass coronavirus quarantine rules in England due to his status.

Prince Harry is back in the UK for the funeral of his beloved grandfather Philip
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But reports have speculated that he would use the travel allowance to end the mandatory ten-day quarantine earlier by passing a test in private.

A witness told The Sun they saw Harry arrive from a British Airways flight at London Heathrow Airport where police were waiting on the tarmac at 1:15 p.m. Sunday.

He wore chinos, a jacket and a black mask, and was greeted by security upon exiting the plane before getting into a black Range Rover and being chased away.

Harry and Philip watch a flyby together from the balcony of Buckingham Palace in 2014
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According to English rules, travelers can leave their self-isolation after five days if their Covid test returns a negative result.

The palace regularly reveals details of plans for Philip’s funeral and has confirmed that the royal family will respect their wish for a private funeral that the public will not be invited to attend.

It will be held at St George’s Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle on Saturday April 17 and will coincide with a three-minute national silence.

Boris Johnson met ministers, royal officials and police on Friday to discuss plans for the official period of mourning.

Under current coronavirus guidelines, only 30 people, in addition to the clergy, will be allowed to attend the funeral of the Queen’s husband, putting the monarch in an awkward position as an intimate circle of mourners will have to be sorted out. shutter.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend Christmas Day service
Meghan Markle would have liked to return but could not due to her pregnancy
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Charles will lead the mourning procession on foot, and brothers Harry and Prince William are expected to stand side by side for the ceremony after long and tense months apart.

Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams said a ‘show of unity’ would be vital to heal Harry’s break with family after ‘very damaging’ allegations he and Meghan made during their interview with Oprah.

Sources told the Mirror that the Duke of Sussex spoke to several members of his family on Friday following the Duke of Edinburgh’s death.

Prince Harry waving from a car
The Duke of Sussex reportedly spoke to his father and cousins ​​on Friday after learning of Philip’s death

The insider said he spoke to his father, Prince Charles, as well as cousins ​​Beatrice and Eugenie, and told them of his intention to return to the UK for the funeral.

Last month, as Philip recovered from infection and heart surgery in hospital, Harry isolated himself in the California mansion he shares with Meghan and had a private jet on hold in case he would need to go home.

Philip had been shielded from the details of Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah as he recovered from the operation.

Prince Harry and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh share balcony joke during Trooping the Color
Harry and Philip share blacony joke during Trooping the Color
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Harry and Meghan paid tribute to Philip after his death by replacing the homepage of their Archewell charitable foundation with a message saying: ‘In memory of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. 1921-2021.

” Thank you for your service. You will be greatly missed.

A series of tributes from members of the royal family were paid over the weekend.

Heir to the Throne Charles thanked the public for their good wishes after the loss of their “dear daddy”.

The Queen and Philip’s only daughter, Princess Anne, paid tribute today by saying as she knew her time was going to come someday, “You are never really ready. “

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