Prince Harry ‘seen at Heathrow’ as he flies back to UK for Prince Philip’s funeral

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PRINCE Harry was “seen at Heathrow” Airport as he returned back to the UK for Prince Philip’s funeral, according to reports.

His wife Meghan Markle, who is pregnant with her second child, is believed to have made every effort to travel with Harry but was advised not to by her doctor.

Harry has not returned to the UK since stepping down as a senior royal just over a year ago.

It will also be the first time he has seen his family in person since his and Meghan’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey – in which they accused the Royal Family of racism and the institution failing to support a suicidal Meghan.

Philip died peacefully on Friday at the age of 99, with the Queen by his side.

The Duke of Sussex is able to attend the funeral due to a provision in the law that allows mourners to leave quarantine on “compassionate” grounds.

The palace confirmed on Saturday that Harry would return in a statement.

It is understood he will be following all procedure to ensure he complies with Covid regulations.

But as the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral is due to take place next Saturday, Harry will not have time to complete the quarantine period.

The rules, however, do allow a person to temporarily leave their place of quarantine on compassionate grounds – which includes funerals.

Guidance published on the Government’s website states: “You can leave your place of self-isolation in limited circumstances, including on compassionate grounds.

“This includes attending a funeral of a household member, a close family member or a friend (if neither household member or close family member can attend the funeral).

“You must continue to self-isolate at all other times.”

Harry will also have to return a negative Covid test result in the three days before travel, and complete a passenger locator form with details of where he will be spending his quarantine.

He will also have to book a travel test package, which involves two tests – one to be taken on or before the second day of his quarantine, and the second on or after his eighth day of quarantine.

Upon his return, Harry is set to face his family for the first time since his and Meghan’s two-hour interview, which was aired while Philip was in hospital after surgery on his heart.

The Queen issued a statement saying “while some recollections may vary”, the issues would be taken “very seriously”, but dealt with privately as a family.

Prince Harry and Meghan's Oprah interview aired while Philip was in hospital

Prince Harry and Meghan’s Oprah interview aired while Philip was in hospital (Image: PA)

Harry’s borther Prince William was the first royal who spoke out publicly saying “We’re very much not a racist family”.

However, Harry told Oprah Winfrey that he felt let down by his father the Prince of Wales and that “there’s a lot of hurt that’s happened” between them, and that his relationship with his brother William was “space” but he loved him to bits.

During this weekend, members of the Royal Family also shared tributes to Philip.

Speaking from his Gloucestershire home of Highgrove on Saturday, Charles said his father had “given the most remarkable, devoted service to the Queen, to my family and to the country, but also to the whole of the Commonwealth”.

The Duke of Edinburgh sadly died on Friday at the age of 99

The Duke of Edinburgh sadly died on Friday at the age of 99 (Image: EXPRESS)

He added: “As you can imagine, my family and I miss my father enormously.

“My dear Papa was a very special person who I think above all else would have been amazed by the reaction and the touching things that have been said about him, and from that point of view we are, my family, deeply grateful for all that.

“It will sustain us in this particular loss and at this particularly sad time.”

Princess Anne also paid tribute to her father, describing him as “my teacher, my supporter and my critic”.

The Queen was by her husband's side as he died

The Queen was by her husband’s side as he died (Image: PA)

In a touching message released by Buckingham Palace, Anne said it was her father’s example of a “life well lived and service freely given that I most wanted to emulate”.

Anne personally chose a photograph of herself with the duke to accompany her words, as the pair were shown laughing as they sat side by side in the sunshine while watching the Dressage stage of the Eventing in Greenwich Park during the London 2012 Olympics.

She wrote, in the message which was also shared on the royal’s family’s social media accounts: “You know it’s going to happen but you are never really ready.

“My father has been my teacher, my supporter and my critic, but mostly it is his example of a life well lived and service freely given that I most wanted to emulate.”

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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