As per Covid-19 regulations, he was required to isolate upon landing but was able to break isolation on compassionate grounds to be at the service.
Covid travel regulations require passengers from the US to isolate for 10 days. However, if they produce a negative test after five days, under the government’s Test to Release scheme, they are permitted to leave isolation.
It is unclear when Prince Harry arrived in the UK, but he has now returned to Frogmore Cottage where he lived with his wife Meghan Markle before their departure from the royal family last year.
Meghan, who is pregnant with the couple’s first daughter, was not given medical clearance to travel to the funeral so watched the service from the couple’s home in Santa Barbara, California.
The couple designed a wreath for the Duke of Edinburgh. It featured personally chosen flowers that represented elements of the duke’s life, such as his birthplace in Greece and his decorated Royal Navy career.
Accompanying the wreath was a card handwritten by Meghan.
In a touching tribute to his grandfather, Prince Harry wrote a statement referencing Prince Philip’s “seriously sharp wit” and calling him a “legend of banter”.
He wrote: “My grandfather was a man of service, honour and great humour. 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.”
Harry continued: “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 till 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!’”
Harry said he, his son Archie, future daughter and Meghan would each hold a special place in their hearts for him.
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