Why Prince Harry is self-isolating next to Prince William before Prince Philip’s funeral

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attends the Sentebale Audi Concert at Hampton Court Palace on June 11, 2019 in London, England
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Prince Harry has returned to the UK to join the wider Royal Family in mourning Prince Philip and will self-isolate prior to the funeral service on Saturday.

Prince Harry has reportedly been sighted having arrived back in the UK from his new LA home (opens in new tab). This comes after it was suggested that he would be returning imminently to join the royal family, who are sometimes called The Firm (opens in new tab), in mourning his beloved grandfather.

Prince Philip died aged 99 (opens in new tab) at Windsor Castle on April 10th, several weeks after reuniting with his wife of 73 years, the Queen (opens in new tab), following his recent hospital stay (opens in new tab).

While Prince Philip’s death will not change the royal line of succession (opens in new tab), the loss of the Duke has changed the monarchy as we know it.

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Harry will soon reunite with his family in person for the first time since he and Meghan stepped back (opens in new tab) as senior members of the royal family. The Duke of Sussex is understood to have returned to the UK alone, as it’s claimed that despite wanting to accompany her husband, Meghan was advised against travelling by her doctor due to her pregnancy (opens in new tab)

Now Harry will have to self-isolate ahead of Prince Philip’s funeral (opens in new tab) on Saturday, April 17th at St George’s Chapel in Windsor. This beautiful chapel was also the site of happier times for the prince. It was here that Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding (opens in new tab) was held in May 2018.

It’s been reported that Harry will be spending his self-isolation at the now-empty Nottingham Cottage.

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He once resided here with Meghan before they made Frogmore Cottage their UK base. Though with Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank currently living there (opens in new tab), it seems that Nottingham Cottage was the perfect alternative place. 

His old home is located within the grounds of Kensington Palace, where Harry’s brother Prince William, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and their three children live when they are in London. 

Whilst Harry will now be self-isolating alone ahead of Prince Philip’s funeral. 

However, it will likely still be of great comfort to him to know that his brother and his family are close by. 

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.