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Prince Philip: Harry ‘preparing to return to UK’ after Duke of Edinburgh’s death

The Duke of Sussex is understood to be preparing to fly back to the UK after the death of his grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh.

Harry would have been told of the death before the public was informed and is said to be making arrangements to get back to Britain from his home in California, reports The Mirror.

It is currently not known if he will be accompanied by his wife Meghan , the Duchess of Sussex and son Archie.

The Prince – in line with other individual members of the Royal family – has not yet issued a public statement about his grandfather’s passing, which was publicly announced this morning.

A source close to the royal family told the Daily Mail: “Harry will absolutely do his utmost to get back to the UK and be with his family.

“He will want nothing more than to be there for his family, and particularly his grandmother, during this awful time.

“Meghan is obviously pregnant so she will need to take advice from her doctors about whether it is safe for her to travel, but I think Harry will definitely go.”

The Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral will be a private event and the public is being asked not to attend, according to reports.

His Royal Highness will have a ceremonial royal funeral with a private service held at St George’s Chapel in Windsor, and the public has been asked not to gather or attempt to attend any of the events due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.

The Government is also advising the public not to gather by or leave flowers at royal residences and to continue following coronavirus rules following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.

A Cabinet Office spokesman said: “Although this is an extraordinarily difficult time for many, we are asking the public not to gather at royal residences, and continue to follow public health advice particularly on avoiding meeting in large groups and on minimising travel.

“We are supporting the royal household in asking that floral tributes should not be laid at royal residences at this time.”

Westminster Abbey will toll its tenor bell once every 60 seconds, 99 times, from 6pm on Friday evening in tribute to the duke, the abbey said.

Members of the public are being encouraged to leave any tributes in Windsor at the Cambridge Gate on the Long Walk.

Well-wishers arriving with flowers at the Henry VIII Gate in the town centre are being directed to the other location by police officers.

The Duke’s funeral notice can be read here.

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