There had been a lot of speculation about his coming. But on Monday, he was in quarantine at Frogmore Cottage, the Windsor residence where he and Meghan lived – and undertook a massive and controversial renovation – before leaving for Canada and then California.
The Sun tabloid reported that Harry was seen exiting the British Airways flight at London Heathrow Airport on Sunday afternoon.
Harry’s wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, who is pregnant, will remain in their southern California coastal estate on the advice of doctors, Buckingham Palace has said.
Britain is in the midst of eight days of national mourning, which is inconvenient as after 100 days of nationwide lockdown, pubs began outdoor service on Monday. Media showed split screens: one with hordes lining up in April snow showers to get their first pints and the other from Parliament, which was recalled a day earlier for a marathon session of tributes to Philip.
On Monday, Prince William, 38, second to the throne, released a statement honoring his grandfather’s life “defined by service – to his country and the Commonwealth, to his wife and queen, and to our family “.
“I feel fortunate that I have not only had his example to guide me, but his enduring presence in my own adult life – both in good times and in bad times,” said William, as a nod to the death of his mother, Princess Diana, who was killed in a car crash in 1997.
Prince Harry, 36, issued a separate statement on Monday, remembering a grandfather who ‘was genuinely himself, with a very sharp wit and could hold the attention of any room due for his charm – and also because you never knew what he might say. following.”
“He will be remembered as the monarch’s oldest reigning consort, a decorated soldier, a prince and a duke,” said Harry. “But to me, like many of you who have lost a loved one or a grandparent to the pain of the past year, he was my grandfather: barbecue master, joke legend and cheeky until. ‘at the end.
Britain’s travel rules allow people who fly from the United States to end their quarantine after five days if they test negative for the coronavirus. Either way, Harry would be allowed to attend a family member’s funeral “for compassionate reasons”. The royal family said only 30 people would attend Saturday’s ceremony and that strict pandemic guidelines would be followed.
While Harry will stay to himself before attending the funeral, the Prodigal Son returns to another cover gusher, where the emerging tale now appears to be: Are the Royals and Harry going to fix things?
No one other than former Prime Minister John Major thinks they should.
Major, who was appointed special guardian to Princes Harry and William after their mother’s death, told the BBC on Sunday: “The friction that we are told has arisen is friction that needs to be ended too. as quickly as possible. “
He continued, “They share grief right now over the death of their grandfather. I think this is an ideal opportunity…. I very much hope that it is possible to repair any cracks that may exist. “
● Her father, Prince Charles, “stopped taking my calls” when the couple flew to Canada.
● “My family literally interrupted me financially.”
● Harry suggested that his family were as unhappy as he was. “My father and my brother are trapped,” he said.
● He likes Prince William ‘in pieces’, but ‘the relationship is’ spatial ‘at the moment.’
For many, the most mind-blowing moment of the interview was when the biracial Meghan said that when she was pregnant with her first child questions were raised about her skin color.
By which family member?
Prince Philip was known for his jokes and blunders, some funny and surprising, some derogatory, even bigoted – which have been part of the discussion in Britain about how he should be remembered.
But Harry insisted on telling Winfrey that the comments about Archie weren’t coming from his grandparents.
Eyes turned to Charles. And to William, who found it necessary to say that the royal family was “not at all racist”.
Robert Lacey, a royal historian and author of “Battle of Brothers,” a book about William and Harry, said there was a “serious rift” between Harry and his family, and “the interview with Oprah certainly made matters worse. “
But Lacey said the family coming together, in person, for the funeral may “contain ingredients for some kind of family reconciliation.”
As Harry told Winfrey, “Time heals everything, hopefully.”