Harry Pens Tribute To Prince Philip After Return To UK

Meghan, who is heavily pregnant, has stayed home.

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by Bonnie McLaren |
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Prince Harry has shared a tribute to his late grandfather following the death of Prince Philip at the age of 99.

'My grandfather was a man of service, honour and great humour,' he wrote in a new statement. 'He was authentically himself, with a seriously sharp wit, and could hold the attention of any room due to his charm—and also because you never knew what he might say next.

'He will be remembered as the longest reigning consort to the monarch, a decorated serviceman, a Prince and a Duke. But to me, like many of you who have lost a loved one or grandparent over the pain of this past year, he was my grandpa: master of the barbecue, legend of banter, and cheeky right ‘til the end.

'He has been a rock for Her Majesty The Queen with unparalleled devotion, by her side for 73 years of marriage, and while I could go on, I know that right now he would say to all of us, beer in hand, ‘Oh do get on with it!’

'So, on that note, Grandpa, thank you for your service, your dedication to Granny, and for always being yourself. You will be sorely missed, but always remembered—by the nation and the world. Meghan, Archie, and I (as well as your future great-granddaughter) will always hold a special place for you in our hearts.'

Many have been wondering what will happen next following the sad news. How will Philip's funeral plans change, because of the pandemic, and will there be a state funeral? In their official statement, the palace said ‘further announcements will be made in due course.' Now, we're getting a clearer picture: reports state that he will be given a royal ceremonial funeral on Saturday, rather than a state funeral, in line with his wishes, and now it seems that Prince Harry has returned to the UK.

Where is Prince Harry now and where is he staying while in the UK?

According to The Sun, Harry arrived at Heathrow on Sunday afternoon - the report specifies a 1.15pm arrival - and was immediately taken to Kensington Palace, where he is now in quarantine. Harry grew up at the palace, and it is the London home of his brother and sister-in-law the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. They are unlikely to see each other in close proximity, for now, due to Harry's quarantine efforts, but they will be reunited on Saturday at the latest. Omid Scobie, co-author of Finding Freedom, stated contradictory information, saying that Harry is at Frogmore.

Rules state that Harry can breach isolation in order to attend the funeral. As per current regulations, anyone arriving from the USA has to isolate for 10 days, but if attending the funeral of a close family member they are allowed to break isolation for that event.

'Harry will absolutely do his utmost to get back to the UK and be with his family,' a source told the MailOnline last week. It was unclear if Meghan, who is heavily pregnant, would join Harry, but that has now officially been ruled out: she has been advised against long-haul travel.

How pregnant is Meghan Markle?

While Meghan and Harry announced the happy news that they were expecting a second child on Valentine's Day, they did not include a due date. But it was revealed during their interview with Oprah that their baby was set to arrive in the summer.

As the NHS states: 'The chance of going into labour is naturally higher after 37 weeks (around 32 weeks if you're carrying twins), and some airlines won't let you fly towards the end of your pregnancy. Check with the airline for their policy on this. After week 28 of pregnancy, the airline may ask for a letter from your doctor or midwife confirming your due date, and that you aren't at risk of complications.'

Have Harry and Meghan officially responded to the news of Prince Philip's death?

The website for Harry and Meghan's organisation Archewell is currently displaying a short and touching message to acknowledge the Duke's death. Noting his title and birth and death years, the page reads 'Thank you for your service... You will be greatly missed.'

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