Prince Harry has returned to the UK and is staying in his former residence, Frogmore Cottage, before the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral.
The Duke of Sussex is eligible to attend his grandfather’s funeral as the law allows mourners to leave quarantine on “compassionate” grounds.
The Sun reported that the Duke landed at Heathrow on a British Airways flight from Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon wearing a black face mask.
The cottage was used by Harry and Meghan in the months following the birth of their son Archie, the great grandson of the Duke of Edinburgh.
The Grade II listed property with four bedrooms and a nursery is close to the winding lakes, wooded hills, clearings, walks and bridges of Frogmore Gardens and the Queen’s Residence at Windsor Castle.
The property has undergone extensive work to convert five properties back into a single house, which cost £ 2.4 million in taxpayers’ money.
The couple have since repaid the cost of the renovation with funds from a lucrative deal with Netflix that was reportedly worth more than £ 100 million.
In November 2020, it was reported that Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank had moved to Frogmore Cottage.
Although Harry returned to the UK for that funeral, Meghan, who is seriously pregnant with her second child and previously miscarried, stayed in California after being advised against flying.
It is the first time since March last year that the 36-year-old Duke has been to the UK when he stepped down as senior royal staff member for a new life of personal and financial freedom in the US.
His trip to honor Philip, who died on Friday aged 99, comes just weeks after Harry and Meghan’s explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey in which they accused the royal family of racism and the institution that failed to support the suicidal duchess to have.
It is assumed that Harry will follow all procedures to ensure he is complying with Covid-19 regulations.
Since Philip’s funeral is scheduled to take place on Saturday, Harry won’t have time to complete the entire 10-day quarantine period.
However, the rules allow a person to temporarily leave their quarantine location for compassionate reasons, including funerals.
Harry had to return a negative coronavirus test result in the three days prior to his trip and completed a passenger search form with details of where he will be in quarantine.
He also had to book a travel test package that included two tests, one 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” program.
According to the system, if he pays for a private test from an approved supplier five days after the quarantine, he can go free if the result is negative.
Tests cost around £ 130.
If Harry broke quarantine rules he would risk a fine of up to £ 10,000 and if he did not take the tests on days two and eight he could be fined up to a maximum of £ 2,000.
Some commentators have suggested that the funeral might allow Harry to have a good time with his brother, the Duke of Cambridge, to heal their rift.
However, since they come from different households, they still have to maintain a social distance of two meters.
A Buckingham Palace spokesman previously said the royal family would follow coronavirus rules throughout the funeral.
Mourners are also advised to respect those who are clinically prone to Covid-19 and “avoid close contact at all times,” potentially limiting Harry’s time with his 94-year-old grandmother, the Queen.