Prince Harry may need to leave the US soon in order to attend Prince Philip's funeral

Emily Gulla
·2 min read
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Photo credit: Phil Walter - Getty Images

The royal family has shared with the world the sad news that Prince Philip has died, aged 99. Buckingham Palace announced the news via a statement on social media, which read: "His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss."

While the funeral arrangements for the Duke of Edinburgh are yet to be confirmed, one royal family member who'll need to travel in order to the funeral is of course Prince Philip's grandson, Prince Harry, who'll be flying in from the US.

It's thought that Prince Harry is likely to attend the funeral, according to the Press Association. However, in line with pandemic rules, he'll need to quarantine upon arrival to the UK.

This means that Harry will need to leave the US as soon as possible, with ITV News Royal Editor Chris Ship reporting that Prince Harry will need to fly from California this weekend in order to have enough time to quarantine to make the funeral.

However, royal commentators believe it's likely that Meghan Markle won't be joining her husband on the journey due to her pregnancy, as she's expected to give birth in the summer.

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Photo credit: Max Mumby/Indigo - Getty Images

It's not yet been confirmed when the funeral for the Duke of Edinburgh will be, though it's expected to take place around a week after Prince Philip's death, in line with typical custom. For example, when the Queen Mother died in 2002, her funeral took place 10 days after her death.

Buckingham Palace has said it will announce the detailed arrangements on the Royal website, which currently reads: "During the coronavirus pandemic, and in light of current Government advice and social distancing guidelines, modified Funeral and ceremonial arrangements for His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh are being considered by Her Majesty The Queen. Details will be confirmed in due course."

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Photo credit: Chris Jackson - Getty Images

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have shared a sweet tribute to Prince Philip, via their Archewell website. The couple removed all functions from the site and put some words in his honour up instead.

"In loving memory of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh," the words read, along with the dates of his life, 1921-2021.

In a personal note underneath, Harry and Meghan wrote: "Thank you for your service... you will be greatly missed."

Our thoughts are with the royal family during this very sad time.

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