Prince Harry is presently in the U.K. to attend the funeral of his grandfather, Prince Philip.
The 36-year-old arrived on Sunday from California where he is currently living with his wife Meghan Markle and son Archie who’s turning 2 on May 6.
Harry hasn’t been to the U.K. for over a year and it’s the first time that he’ll be seeing the Royal Family after his and Meghan’s controversial sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey last month. He returned to the country without Meghan, who’s pregnant with their second child, a baby girl. She has been advised by her doctor not to travel.
Meanwhile, Prince Philip passed away on Friday, April 9 at the age of 99. He is lying at rest at Windsor Castle. The funeral is on Saturday, April 17 and will be broadcast live at 3 in the afternoon, U.K. time. His coffin will be transferred in a ceremonial procession at around 2.40 p.m. U.K. time from the state entrance going to the castle and to the chapel.
It is going to be a ceremonial royal funeral unlike a state a funeral which is only reserved for the monarchs. Also, the funeral plans took into consideration the country’s COVID guidelines including no public access.
Further, the funeral will be held within the grounds of the castle and the Queen has already approved the plans but also considers the Duke’s personal wishes. The event will also celebrate Prince Philip’s life and his seven decades of service to the Queen, the U.K. and the Commonwealth.
A Buckingham Palace spokesman also mentioned previously, “While this is naturally a time of sadness and mourning for the royal family and the many others who knew and admired the Duke of Edinburgh, it is hoped that the coming days will also be seen as an opportunity to celebrate a remarkable life: Remarkable both in terms of his vast contribution and lasting legacy.”
The palace issued a statement regarding his death on Friday, April 9, stating, “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”