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Harry ‘in grief’ over Prince Philip as he scrambles to fly home for funeral

Prince Harry could avoid quarantine when arriving in the UK as he scrambles to make it back for Prince Philip's funeral, according to reports.

The Duke of Sussex, 36, is understood to be making immediate plans to fly back to Britain which will be his first return since starting a new life stateside a year ago.

He is likely to fly from his California home via private jet to attend his grandfather's ceremonial funeral which Buckingham Palace is yet to release information on.

The Government's website however suggests the event will take place next Saturday.

Harry is said to be “united in grief” with his family who he is thought to be attempting to join as a matter of urgency, Mirror reports.

Sources say the Duke of Sussex spoke with several family members, including Prince Charles, about their loss on Friday.

Meghan Markle is not expected to join her husband on the flight due to being heavily pregnant with their second baby, a girl.

According to the Government's Covid travel rules, anyone arriving in England from abroad must immediately quarantine for ten days but the Daily Mail suggests Harry can use diplomatic exemption to dodge isolating.

To get around the rules set for all other travellers, Harry is understood to require a Covid test before boarding a plane in the US and another one upon arrival in Britain.

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Travellers in quarantine are permitted to be released five days after arriving in the UK if they test negative for the virus.

It is also suggested Harry would be entitled to leave his place of self-isolation on compassionate grounds to attend the funeral.

Harry was last pictured alongside his grandfather in May 2019 as he and Meghan introduced their newborn son Archie to his great-grandparents.

Later that year the Sussexes opted to spend Thanksgiving and Christmas in Canada instead of the traditional royal celebration with family members at Sandringham.

After jetting to the Great White North in late 2019 with Archie, the couple returned twice to the UK the following year to announce their departure from royal life and carry out their final engagements.

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However, they left their son behind on both occasions. This means that the last time Philip saw Archie would have been in late 2019.

Philip, 99, likely made his own funeral plans which will now have to be revised due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Given his age, the detailed plans for what should happen after Philip's passing — codenamed "Operation Forth Bridge" — have been in place for years.

The College of Arms said the funeral plans were "in line with custom and with His Royal Highness's wishes".

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They added that the public are "regretfully" asked not to attend Philip's funeral due to the pandemic.

The college, which helps to organise state occasions, said the Queen's husband will not have a state funeral and there will be no lying-in-state.

Flags will fly at half-mast on Government buildings from now until 8am on the day of the funeral.

Buckingham Palace is expected to announce the full details of Philip's funeral.

The Number 10 official website accidentally let slip the planned date – Saturday April 17.

A statement carried on the website read: "On April 9, 2021, Buckingham Palace announced the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.

"From this date, a period of national mourning began and will continue for eight days until the morning of the funeral.

"During that time the Government will issue guidance for the public, organisations and businesses for observing the period of mourning."

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