Despite the tension between Prince Harry and his family, he and his wife, Meghan Markle, "have spoken" to Queen Elizabeth following Prince Philip's death, an insider exclusively tells The Royal Observer.
On Saturday, April 10, it was revealed that Harry, 36, would fly over for the funeral, despite living miles away — but the former actress, who is pregnant, would have to sit this one out. "The Duke of Sussex is planning to attend. The Duchess of Sussex has been advised by her physician not to travel. So the duke will be attending," a royal spokesman said.
The couple paid tribute to Philip — who died on Friday, April 9, at 99 years old — a few hours after the royal family announced the sad news.
"In Loving Memory of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, 1921-2021. Thank you for your service...you will be greatly missed," the pair wrote.
This is the first time Harry will return to the U.K. following his bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, which aired on March 7. During the chat, he got candid about where he stands with his older brother, Prince William, and father, Prince Charles.
"I love William to bits. He's my brother. We've been through hell together. But we are on different paths," he shared at the time about his sibling.
However, he had nothing but kind words to say about his grandmother. "I've spoken more to my grandmother in the last year than I have done for many, many years. My grandmother and I have a really good relationship and an understanding, and I have a deep respect for her," he said. "She's my commander-in-chief, right? She always will be."
For her part, Meghan, 39, revealed that she had been in touch with the Queen after she heard that Philip was dealing with some health issues in February.
According to the former actress, she "just picked up the phone..." and "called [Queen Elizabeth II] just to check in. I just called, that’s what we do."