Prince Harry May Reunite With Royal Family As Insider Claims Queen Elizabeth 'Wants Him' To Attend Prince Philip's Funeral
Despite the ongoing tension between the royal family and Prince Harry, Queen Elizabeth II is hopeful that her grandson will attend Prince Philip's funeral.
According to an insider, Harry was "devastated" when the matriarch personally reached out to him on April 9 to inform him of Philip's passing.
"Prince Philip had been in poor health recently, but the loss was still a surprise,” the insider noted to Us Weekly.
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Harry now resides in Montecito, Calif., with pregnant wife Meghan Markle and their soon-to-be 2-year-old son, Archie, making the move last year after stepping down from his royal duties.
However, it looks like he may now travel overseas to pay his respects.
"Harry is hopeful that he’ll be able to return home to honor his grandfather, who he had a close bond with," the insider claimed. Plus, "The queen wants Harry to be there."
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Funeral arrangements "are already being put into place," the insider shared, noting that it will most likely be a very small ceremony due to the pandemic.
Though Harry aired out his issues with the royal family during his tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey, he never had a bad thing to say about either of his grandparents.
In fact, he revealed he and Elizabeth are closer than ever.
"I’ve spoken more to grandmother in the past year than I have done in many many years," he told the TV personality. "My grandmother and I have a really good relationship and an understanding, and I have a deep respect for her."
To announce the Duke's passing, the royal family made a tribute on social media.
"It is with deep sorrow that her Majesty the Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh," the statement said. "His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Palace.
"Further announcements will be made in due course," it continued. "The Royal Family will join people around the world in mourning his loss."
However, Harry and Meghan took it upon themselves to make a separate tribute to Philip since they're no longer considered members of the brood.
"In loving memory of His Royal Highness The Duke Of Edinburgh," a statement on their Archewell website says. "Thank you for your service... you will be greatly missed."