Official sources have declined to touch upon Harry’s journey actions, however a Buckingham Palace spokesman stated over the weekend that the prince “is planning to attend” his grandfather’s funeral in Windsor on Saturday.
The journey is the first time that Harry has returned to the UK since he and his spouse Meghan stepped again as senior royals final March.
It is probably going Harry will need to comply with present coronavirus journey rules for worldwide vacationers to the UK and guarantee a interval of quarantine earlier than attending the funeral.
Under these guidelines, vacationers should full a passenger locator kind and supply proof of a detrimental coronavirus check earlier than leaving for the UK.
Once in England, guests should both quarantine at residence for 10 days or at a managed quarantine resort. During the necessary quarantine, two further Covid-19 exams are required on days two and eight.
Harry might use the UK authorities’s “test to release” system to finish his quarantine early. It permits an individual to take a non-public Covid-19 check on the fifth day after arrival to launch them from self-isolation if their check end result comes again detrimental. They should quarantine whereas they await their check end result.
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, won’t be becoming a member of her husband for the funeral. She is anticipating the couple’s second child this summer time and “has been advised by her physician not to travel to the UK” from California the place they dwell, a Buckingham Palace spokesman stated Saturday.
Prince Philip will probably be laid to relaxation in a non-public funeral at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor, in what is named a “ceremonial royal funeral,” and won’t lie in state, in accordance to the preparations laid out by the Palace to the press.
Under royal protocol state funerals are normally reserved for monarchs so the duke’s funeral will probably be comparable to that of the Queen Mother in 2002, the spokesman defined.
The revised preparations have been made in “close consultation” with authorities and public well being officers to meet social distancing tips which restrict funerals to 30 individuals.
NCS’s James Frater and Lindsay Issac contributed to this report.