Topline

Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, has reportedly arrived back in the U.K. ahead of Prince Philip’s funeral on Saturday, a month after his bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey and his first return to the country since stepping down as a working Royal and moving to California a year ago.  

Key Facts

Prince Harry, Prince Philip’s grandson, arrived in London Sunday in order to attend his grandfather’s funeral Saturday, The Sun reported

Harry was reportedly met by security staff and has gone into quarantine, per England’s Covid-19 restrictions. 

Harry’s wife, Meghan Markle, will not attend the funeral, Buckingham Palace confirmed, having been advised by doctors not to travel due to her pregnancy.  

Buckingham Palace have not confirmed Harry’s arrival though have confirmed his planned attendance.    

Key Background

Prince Philip, the longest serving royal consort in British history, died Friday at Windsor Castle. His funeral, which would typically be expected to be a rather large and public affair, will be a small, private affair in Windsor Castle. Former U.K. Prime Minister Sir John Major said the Duke of Edinburgh’s death is the “ideal opportunity” to mend rifts within the Royal Family, which have grown since the Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped down from royal duties a year ago.    

What To Watch For

This is the first time Harry has returned to the U.K. since moving to California over a year ago. His return comes a month after a bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, where the couple made multiple allegations of poor treatment and racism from the royal “Firm.”

Big Number 

30. The Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral would ordinarily be expected to be a large and public affair with hundreds in attendance. England’s coronavirus restrictions limit funerals to just 30 people and the prime minister said he will not attend to give more room to family.

Further Reading

Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Pay Tribute To Prince Philip (Forbes)

Prince Harry arrives back in the UK for Prince Philip’s funeral without Meghan Markle to join Royal Family in mourning (Sun)

Prince Harry To Attend Prince Phillip’s Funeral, But Meghan Will Not (Forbes)