Prince Harry returned home to California from London yesterday, missing the Queen’s birthday today and with the Windsor’s family row unresolved after meeting only once with his father and William following the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral.
His chauffeur-driven MPV was seen leaving the private terminal at LAX, reserved for celebrities and the super-rich, and was spotted again arriving at the Sussexes’ Montecito mansion at around 4pm.
Harry returned to the US just 24 hours before his grandmother the Queen turned 95 today – just days after the funeral of her beloved husband Prince Philip – as she spends her first birthday without him in more than seven decades.
Her Majesty, the world’s oldest reigning monarch, will spend the day at Windsor Castle largely alone surrounded by her very small bubble of staff due to the pandemic.
Harry also chose to fly from Britain with the rift with his father and brother caused by his decision to emigrate and pour his heart out to Oprah still seemingly unresolved.
After Saturday’s emotional funeral William and Harry took ‘baby steps’ towards healing their relationship after they walked back to Windsor Castle from St George’s Chapel together after being pushed together by peacemaker Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge.
Later there was a face-to-face meeting within the grounds of the castle between the brothers and their father Prince Charles, but, in an unprecedented development that lays bare the depth of their rift, Charles and William preferred to meet with Harry together so that nobody’s words could be misconstrued afterwards, MailOnline’s Dan Wootton revealed yesterday.
It appears Prince Harry has returned to the US today to reunite with pregnant wife Meghan and Archie after flying to London for Prince Philip’s funeral. His car was seen leaving the private terminal at LAX minutes after the plane from the UK landed
Harry’s car was seen arriving at his home in Montecito at around 4 pm to return to wife Meghan and son Archie
He had flown into the UK on an American Airlines flight just over a week ago and spent most of his British trip in quarantine at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor
The royal, 36, is believed to have flown into LAX on an American Airlines flight that arrived in Los Angeles shortly after 1.30pm local time
His car was seen leaving the private terminal at LAX minutes after the plane landed and was spotted again arriving in Montecito around 4pm
Harry’s return to the U.S. means he will miss the Queen’s 95th birthday tomorrow. She remains in mourning following the death of Prince Philip but will resume official duties on Friday
Prince Charles will also miss the Queen’s birthday and is at his home in Wales. Prince William is also not expected to visit her on her big day.
Harry had been widely reported to have been planning to stay for the Queen’s birthday, although sources said he was ‘conflicted’ about the decision and wanted to get home to Meghan.
He had flown into the UK on an American Airlines flight just over a week ago and spent most of his British trip in quarantine at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor.
Although William and Harry’s interactions initially looked frosty, they were pictured chatting together after the service as they made their way back to the castle
Father-of-one Harry will now begin a second 10-day quarantine – a requirement for international travelers journeying to the US, although it is not mandatory unlike in the UK.
CDC guidelines recommend travelers get a Covid-19 test prior to departure and self-isolate for 10 days after they return.
California also has its own travel advisory, with visitors and residents required to fill in a form that includes their contact details on arrival at LAX.
The LA guidelines also say travelers should quarantine, although that advice includes exemptions for those traveling for work or for urgent family matters.
Harry’s brief visit to the UK for the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh was his first trip back to Britain in a year.
Pregnant Meghan, who is expecting a baby girl in the summer, was told not to travel with him but did send a handwritten note and a wreath.
The trip also marked the first time he has seen his family since making explosive allegations about royal racism during an interview with Oprah last month and claiming his father and brother are ‘trapped in the system’.
Sources told the Mail on Sunday Harry received a frosty reception when he appeared at Philip’s funeral on Saturday and was largely ignored by senior royals, among them Princess Anne and the Earl and Countess of Wessex.
His presence also caused problems for courtiers – although the Duke of Edinburgh had wanted military uniform to be worn for his funeral, Harry is not entitled to wear it having given up his military roles as part of the Megxit deal.
Instead, the Queen decided to spare Harry’s blushes by having the royal party wear morning suits to the funeral.
Pregnant Meghan, who is expecting a baby girl in the summer, was told not to travel with him but did send a handwritten note and a wreath
He reportedly texted with his father and brother beforehand but didn’t see them in person until shortly before the service began.
Although William and Harry’s interactions initially looked frosty, they were pictured chatting together after the service as they made their way back to the castle.
Prince Charles and his two sons are then reported to have spent three hours ‘clearing the air’ immediately after the funeral.
But Page Six and The Telegraph both reported that Harry and Charles did not have a one-on-one due to fears of a misunderstanding.
The pair were said to be unlikely to meet again before the Duke of Sussex headed back to the US, reported The Times.
Sources told the outlets that both Charles and William wanted each other present for any meeting for fear that a ‘twisted version of events’ would leak out from Harry’s camp.
Harry is due to return to the UK again at the end of July for the unveiling of a memorial to his mother Princess Diana.