Prince Harry is making an effort to return to Britain for the first time since the explosive interview with Oprah Windfrey following the death of his grandfather, Prince Philip.
His return marks his first time in the UK since stepping down from Buckingham Palace and starting a new life in the US with wife Meghan and their child.
It will also be the first time Harry has faced his family since the explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey aired last month.
His lonely return is believed to be due to 39-year-old Meghan being heavily pregnant with the couple’s second child, who is expected in early summer.
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Sources confirmed last night that the 36-year-old Duke of Sussex had spoken to several members of his family, including Prince Charles, as he tried to make arrangements to return in time for his grandfather’s funeral.
The prince is said to be “united in mourning” with his family over the sad loss of Prince Philip.
Harry and Meghan paid tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh by replacing the home page of their charitable Archewell Foundation with a message that read “In Loving Memory of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh”. 1921-2021.
“Thank you for your service. You will be missed very much.”
Another source revealed that Harry had spoken to his cousins Beatrice and Eugenie yesterday and told them about his plans to return.
The insider said, “He said he wanted to be with everyone and had already made arrangements to get home.”
Last month when Philip was in the hospital to recover from an infection and heart surgery, Harry had decided to isolate himself in his California mansion and had a private jet ready to fly him home.
The Duke of Edinburgh was protected from the details of the Sussexes’ bombshell Oprah interview in which they accused a senior member of the royal family of racism.
Harry also claimed that his brother William and their father were “trapped” in the system and unhappy that they could not leave their royal roles.
Philip, who attended the couple’s wedding in 2018, is said to have taken Meghan into the family. Under current rules, mourners arriving from outside of England are expected to self-isolate for the first full 10 days after their arrival.
But Harry would be entitled to leave his place of self-isolation on compassionate grounds to attend the funeral.
He could also be released from quarantine if he receives a negative private test on the fifth day under the test-to-release scheme.
Given his status as a member of the royal family traveling in support of the queen, Harry could be seen as exempt from travel restrictions.
The Queen and her children and grandchildren will enter a period of mourning for their Patriarch that can last for weeks.
Official engagements, most of which are currently online, may continue during this time, although most will be postponed or canceled, but this depends on the wishes of the monarch.
In times of no pandemic, social engagements are usually canceled, with the exception of charity engagements.
There are different types of mourning, but Royal Mourning includes the royal family, royal households and the Queen’s representatives in Great Britain and abroad who wear black and also use black-edged writing paper.
There is also family grief that has been observed after the Queen Mother’s death.
It is carried out by the royal family and also their households when they are present in person.
Black-edged writing paper is not used and the grief in the family is often shorter than the grief in court.
It will be up to the queen to decide which one to adopt.
The UK may also have a period of national mourning for the general public that is usually shorter.
Boris Johnson, who was working on Downing Street when the news broke, was informed by a senior official.
Then he called the opposition leader Labor Keir Starmerand the couple agreed to suspend election campaigns for next month’s local and mayoral elections in England and elections in Scotland and Wales.
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The Prime Minister later called the Speaker of the House of Commons, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, and agreed that Parliament should be recalled on Monday – 24 hours earlier than planned – so that MPs could pay tribute to the Duke.
Ministerial visits and press releases have also been stopped as a sign of respect.
Covid-19 press conferences have also been suspended despite the government’s stand ready to provide urgent public health advice.
The Prime Minister also announced his plan for a beer on Monday to mark the reopening of the pub beer gardens as part of the recent relaxation of lockdown restrictions.