Prince Harry returns to UK for Prince Philip’s funeral in 1st visit since leaving royal role. Prince Harry has not seen his family in-person since last March. The British flag will stay at half-mast until after Prince Philip’s funeral set to take place at St. Georges chapel at Windsor Castle next Saturday.1
Harry was met by security off the plane and put into a black Range Rover, before he was reportedly driven to Kensington Palace. The Sun has claimed he is quarantining at the Christopher Wren-designed Nottingham Cottage, where Harry proposed to Meghan Markle in 2017. It is just a few yards from the apartment where his brother William lives with his family.
Even amid the divisions in the royal family, Harry and Meghan remained close to Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip and stayed in touch through Zoom calls when the Sussexes and their son Archie moved to California.
“If there’s one thing that has remained constant throughout all of the turbulence of the past year it’s Harry and Meghan’s close relationship with the queen and Prince Philip,” said ABC News royal contributor Omid Scobie. “Although Meghan isn’t here, she is of course supporting Harry. Her mind is very much on the situation over here.”
Harry is expected to join his family members, including Prince William and Prince Charles, in walking in Philip’s funeral procession. The 99-year-old Duke of Edinburgh will be remembered in a private funeral service on April 17 at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
Though Harry will come face-to-face with his family for the first time since airing their grievances publicly in the Winfrey interview, royal experts say they expect the family to stay focused on remembering Philip and supporting Queen Elizabeth, who lost her husband of more than seven decades.