It is the homecoming he would never have wished for, but Prince Harry has returned to the UK just over a year after he left for the funeral of his beloved grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, which will take place this Saturday at Windsor Castle.
Eye witnesses reportedly saw Harry jetting into Heathrow airport at the weekend on a British Airways flight, while his wife the Duchess remains at their Montecito home in California. She has been advised by her doctors that it is not safe for her to fly, with just months to go before she gives birth to the couple’s second child, a baby sister for Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.
Due to strict Covid-19 quarantining rules for travellers, Harry will remain in isolation now for the coming days. As the US is on the ‘green’ list, he will only be required to isolate in a private residence, rather than a hotel. It is thought that he will be staying at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, as it is still technically his residence here. After five days, he will likely pay for a private Covid test as part of the Test To Release scheme.
It is tradition for members of the Royal Family to dress in their military attire for occasions such as weddings and funerals, but as Harry has been stripped of his honorary roles, he will likely be in a suit instead. He can however still wear his medals.
Others in attendance at the funeral – which can be up to 30 people under the recent easing of lockdown restrictions – will likely be close family members of the Duke, mostly his children and grandchildren, including the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, the Countess of Wessex, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Zara Tindall, Peter Phillips, Lady Louise Windosr and James, Viscount Severn.
It will no doubt be slightly awkward at first for Harry, whose bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, in which he accused the Royal Family of making racist comments about the colour of his son’s skin, only aired a month ago. Royal commentators have speculated that bridges will be built thanks to the tragic circumstances of the family reunion, with reports that Harry has already spoken to his father the Prince of Wales as well as his cousins Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.
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