Harry ‘back in UK’ for Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral

The Duke of Sussex flew in from Los Angeles on Sunday, The Sun reported.

Harry ‘back in UK’ for Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral

The Duke of Sussex has returned to the UK for the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral, it has been reported.

The Sun said Harry, wearing a black face mask, landed at Heathrow on a British Airways flight from Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon.

Harry is entitled to attend his grandfather’s funeral due to a provision in the law that allows mourners to leave quarantine on “compassionate” grounds.

The Duchess of Sussex, who is heavily pregnant with her second child and previously suffered a miscarriage, has remained in California after being advised against flying.

It is the first time the 36-year-old duke has been in the UK since last March, when he stepped down as a senior working royal for a new life of personal and financial freedom in the US.

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Harry with his grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, at the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor (Steve Parsons/PA)

It is understood Harry will be following all procedures to ensure he complies with Covid-19 regulations.

As Philip’s funeral is due to take place on Saturday, Harry will not have time to complete the full 10-day quarantine period.

The rules, however, do allow a person to temporarily leave their place of quarantine on compassionate grounds – which includes funerals.

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Meghan is not attending the funeral (Yui Mok/PA)

He will also have had to book a travel test package, which involves two tests – one to be taken on or before the second day of his quarantine, and the second on or after his eighth day of quarantine.

Harry could also participate in the “Test to Release” scheme.

Under the scheme, if he pays for a private test from an approved supplier five days into quarantine, he may be free to leave if the result is negative.

Tests cost around £130.

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The tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh on Meghan and Harry’s website (archewell.com/PA)

Some commentators have suggested the funeral could allow Harry to spend some quality time with his brother, the Duke of Cambridge, in a bid to heal their rift.

But as they are from different households, they will still have to maintain social distancing of two metres.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said previously that the royal family would be following coronavirus rules throughout the funeral.

Mourners are also advised to be respectful of those who are clinically vulnerable to Covid-19 and “avoid close contact at any point” – potentially limiting Harry’s time with his 94-year-old grandmother, the Queen.

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