Prince Harry ‘brought his own security’ when he returned for Prince Philip’s funeral after Royal Family ‘cut him off financially’

Prince Harry arrives for the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on April 17, 2021 in Windsor, England
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Prince Harry reportedly brought his own private security team to the UK with him when he returned to attend his grandfather Prince Philip’s funeral on April 17. 

Prince Harry returned to the UK last week and joined the Royal Family in paying their respects to his late grandfather Prince Philip at his funeral on Saturday, April 17. It’s been over a year since he and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex stepped back (opens in new tab) as senior members of the Royal Family, sometimes called The Firm (opens in new tab).

The couple have since confirmed they will not be returnin (opens in new tab)g as working royals, though Harry could still be king (opens in new tab) one day. 

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Following their decision to step back from royal duties, the Sussexes were stripped of their round-the-clock royal protection.  Now it’s been reported that Harry brought his own private security team with him when he returned to the UK for Prince Philip’s funeral (opens in new tab).

According to The Telegraph, they are understood to have traveled with him on a British Airways flight from Los Angeles to London Heathrow.

They are said to have been met at the airport by personal protection officers from Scotland Yard.

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Peter Phillips, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Earl of Snowdon David Armstrong-Jones and Vice-Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, during the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

The publication reported that a senior policing source told them: "Like any high profile individual an assessment will be made to assess the risk and threat and in the circumstances, there will be no question that the Duke is afforded personal protection. 

“Given that he will be in quarantine for most of the time and then is attending a private funeral service, the issue is also a very simple one."

These claims regarding Prince Harry’s security have not been confirmed and The Sun reports that the Metropolitan Police said: "In line with our long-standing policy, we do not comment on protection matters."

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During his and Meghan’s shocking Oprah interview (opens in new tab), Harry discussed the couple’s recent deals with Netflix and Spotify. 

He declared that they “didn’t have a plan”, adding “my family literally cut me off financially, and I had to afford security for us."

"I've got what my mum left me, and without that, we would not have been able to do this”, he said. 

It’s not yet known when Prince Harry might return to the US, though he is due to return later this year to join Prince William for the unveiling of a memorial statue to Princess Diana.

Emma Shacklock
Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with six years of experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home, Goodto.com, and My Imperfect Life.