Prince Harry Is Back in California After Philip’s Funeral & Will Miss the Queen’s Birthday

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After Prince Philip’s death, many wondered when Prince Harry would come back to California to be home with his pregnant wife, Meghan Markle, and 1-year-old son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten Windsor. Well, three days after Prince Philip’s funeral, Harry seems to be back in America.

Harper’s Bazaar confirmed on Wednesday, April 21, that Harry is back in California. He left the U.K. on Tuesday, April 20.  Prior to his return to California, the Duke of Sussex, who was expected to come back to the U.S. as soon as Monday, April 19, was also reportedly planning to delay his homecoming until the Queen’s birthday.

Queen Elizabeth II turned 95 on Wednesday, April 21, just days following her late husband Prince Philip’s funeral. Their grandson Prince Harry few in from Californiafor the funeral, which he attended on Saturday, April 17 after quarantining for eight days at Frogmore Cottage—his former home in the U.K., which he shared with his wife Meghan before their royal exit in 2020. The Duchess of Sussex, who is pregnant with their second child, remained home in California on doctor’s orders and watched the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral on television instead, as per PeopleMeghan also wrote a personal note for Philip and had it attached to the couple’s wreath at his funeral in her absence.

Although early reports suggested Harry was in a rush to return home to his pregnant wife and their Archie, one source told  The Sun earlier that he was considering remaining in the U.K. for a couple more days to celebrate the Queen’s birthday, her first without Prince Philip by her side in over 70 years. On Sunday, April 18, the British paper reported that Harry’s return flight to Los Angeles was left “open” as he weighs the option of staying in England longer. As one source told the paper, “If all goes well, he could stay for the Queen’s birthday.”

As for how “well” things went, it seems that recent tensions among the royals following Prince Harry and Meghan’s Oprah interview were put on hold to honor Prince Philip on Saturday. During the tell-all, Harry acknowledged his strained relationship with his older brother, Prince William, telling Oprah: “The relationship is space at the moment, and, you know, time heals all things, hopefully. I love William to bits. He’s my brother. We’ve been through hell together, and we have a shared experience, but we were on different paths.” Following these comments, however, sources claim Harry and William were able to talk things through after their grandfather’s funeral.

Although the brothers walked separately behind Prince Philip’s casket during his funereal procession, the pair were soon spotted walking side-by-side alongside William’s wife, Kate Middleton following the funeral. Later, the brothers chatted alone together while Kate stepped away to speak with their cousin, Zara Tindall.

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