The Duke of Sussex has returned home to California to be reunited with his wife and son, it was claimed today, ahead of the Queen’s 95th birthday.
Prince Harry, 36, was said to have landed in Los Angeles on an American Airlines flight shortly after 1.30pm local time (9.30pm BST) on Tuesday.
His car was seen leaving the private terminal at LAX minutes after the plane landed and was spotted again arriving in Montecito at around 4pm, according to reports. The Duke’s spokesperson declined to comment.
His return means he will not see the Queen as she marks her 95th birthday today at Windsor Castle.
This year, the Queen’s birthday will pass without a gun salute for a second time, as she continues to mourn the loss of her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh.
Her Majesty will continue to observe a period of mourning until Friday, April 23, and as such, is understood to be reluctant to mark this year’s anniversary.
She is expected to have a quiet lunch with close family members at Windsor Castle, the details of which will remain private.
However, the Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry, has travelled back to California to his wife, Meghan, and son, Archie, following the funeral of Prince Philip.
The Royal family’s social media channels marked the sovereign’s birthday this morning by releasing a new photograph, although there are not expected to be any further commemorations. It said on Twitter:
Prince Harry spent most of his time in the UK in self isolation at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, the home the Sussexes retained as a UK base, ahead of the Duke’s funeral on Saturday.
He is understood to have spent around an hour catching up with his father, the Prince of Wales, his brother, the Duke of Cambridge, and sister-in-law, the Duchess, following the funeral.
Tensions between the Sussexes and the rest of the family remain high, with continuing anger and disappointment over the couple’s televised Oprah Winfrey interview.
Meghan, 39, is heavily pregnant and is thought to be expecting their second child, a daughter, in early June. She was advised not to travel to the funeral by her doctors.
The Duke will return to the UK at the end of that month to stand alongside his brother for the unveiling of a statue of their mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, on July 1 at Kensington Palace.
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