Harry returns to California, source says Meghan and Archie chatted with the queen ahead of funeral

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Prince Harry attended the funeral service, while Meghan Markle remained in the US amid her pregnancy.
Prince Harry attended the funeral service, while Meghan Markle remained in the US amid her pregnancy.
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  • Prince Harry has returned to California following Prince Philip's funeral.
  • Meghan Markle did not attend the service but watched it from home; her physician advised her not to travel as she's carrying the couple's second child.
  • Harry's visit to the UK marked the first time he'd seen his family since his exit from the firm and their falling out.


Prince Harry has returned to California after flying to the UK for the funeral of Prince Philip.

Harry's visit to bury his grandfather marked the first time he'd been home since giving up his royal role to move the the US with Meghan Markle – and the first time he'd seen his family since their fallout.

Sources said the Duke of Sussex likely extended his trip to spend some time with the queen, who celebrated her 95th birthday on Wednesday. Harry reportedly sat down with Prince Charles and Prince William as well to have peace talks before he returned home to his family.

A source tells People, while Meghan Markle was unable to attend the service as she's carrying the couple's second child, and watched it from home instead, she, along with Archie, did have a chat with the queen ahead of the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral.

The insider adds: "Meghan and Harry have been in touch every day. She knows the trip to England has been difficult for Harry. He didn't want to leave Meghan and Archie alone. Meghan has insisted to him every day though that they are fine. She hasn't wanted him to worry."

A second source, well-connected to the family, tells the publication in light of the royal rift: "It has been a very difficult time. The duke was the head of the family, and if there were any time they were going to come together, it's now."   

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