Prince Harry has returned to the UK to attend the funeral of his late grandfather, Prince Philip, who died on Friday at the age of 99.
People magazine confirmed that he arrived on Sunday and was traveling alone when his wife, Meghan Markle, was back in California with their nearly 2-year-old son Archie.
The Duchess of Sussex is expecting her second child, a girl expected this summer. She was advised by a doctor not to travel.
Buckingham Palace confirmed that Prince Philips’ funeral will take place on April 17, and the deceased husband of Queen Elizabeth is currently resting at Windsor Castle.
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The funeral will take place in St. George̵
“It will be a ceremonial royal funeral, the same as for Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, rather than a state funeral – something that is generally reserved for monarchs,” the royal family’s website described. No public access is allowed due to the pandemic.
In a statement from Prince Harry obtained by Fox News, he paid tribute to this late grandfather.
“My grandfather was a man of service, honor and great humor. He was authentic even with a seriously sharp sense of humor and could hold the attention of any room because of his charm – and also because you never knew what he could say next,” he began.
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“He will be remembered as the longest reigning friend of the monarch, a decorated military man, a prince and a duke. But to me, like many of you who have lost a loved one or grandparent over the pain of the last year, he was my grandfather: grill master, playful about shame and naughty right to the end.
Harry thanked his grandfather for his service, dedication and for “always being yourself.”
“You will be greatly missed, but always remembered – by the nation and the world. Meghan, Archie and I (as well as your future great-grandchild) will always have a special place for you in our hearts,” the Duke concluded. . “‘Per Mare, Per Terram.'”
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The castle confirmed the Duke of Edinburgh’s death on 9 April.
“It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty the Queen has announced that her beloved husband, His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, has died,” the palace said in a statement. “The royal family joins people all over the world in grief over his loss.”
Queen Elizabeth has entered into an eight-day mourning period and performs no royal duties.
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Harry’s presence will mark the first time he’s reunited with his British royal family members since he and his wife sat down with Oprah Winfrey for their tell-all interview.