All eyes on Harry as prince arrives UK for granddad’s funeral
London, April 12, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Prince Harry has reportedly arrived in the UK and is in quarantine ahead of Prince Philip’s funeral on Saturday.
He is said to have arrived at Heathrow on a British Airways flight from Los Angeles at 1.15pm on Sunday.
The Sun says Prince Harry was met by police and security on the tarmac and driven away in a Range Rover. He is thought to have been taken to Kensington Palace, the newspaper added.
Buckingham Palace confirmed on Saturday that he would be making the journey, but Meghan has been advised not to travel because she is heavily pregnant.
The Duke of Sussex will not have time to complete 10 days’ quarantine but the rules allow people to temporarily leave their place of isolation on “compassionate grounds”, which includes a funeral.
Harry will have needed to provide a negative COVID test before travelling and will have to return two more in the UK – as well as stating his quarantine address.
His trip is an “ideal opportunity” to mend family rifts laid bare by the Oprah Winfrey interview, according to former prime minister Sir John Major – who was guardian to Harry and William after their mother’s death.
Prince Philip‘s funeral is also affected by coronavirus rules that limit funerals to 30 people, meaning tough decisions about who can attend.
Around 800 people were set to be invited under planning that took place before the pandemic.
Boris Johnson has said he will not go to free up space for family that includes the Queen‘s four children and their spouses, as well as eight grandchildren.
A palace spokesman has said the royals would be following social distancing rules throughout, meaning staying two metres from people outside their household or support bubble.
It comes as the Queen described her husband’s death as leaving a “huge void in her life”, according to Prince Andrew.
Speaking on Sunday, he said the monarch was “feeling it, I think, probably more than everybody else”, and called her “incredibly stoic”.