After returning to the U.K. for the first time since officially stepping down as a senior royal and moving to California last year, Prince Harry is catching up with his family starting with his cousin and close friend, Princess Eugenie.
Eugenie is the first member of the royal family to see the Duke of Sussex since his arrival back in his home country, according to Page Six. Harry reportedly flew into London’s Heathrow Airport on Sunday and then went directly to Frogmore Cottage where he is quarantining in accordance with UK coronavirus restrictions ahead of Prince Philip’s funeral on Saturday. The princess, her husband Jack Brooksbank, and their newborn, August Philip Hawke Brooksbank, have been living at Frogmore for the past few months, the residence on the grounds of Windsor Castle that Harry and Meghan Markle lent to the growing family after moving to America. This is also the first time Harry will get to meet Eugenie’s son who was born in February and given the middle name Philip after his late great-grandfather.
But while Harry is getting the opportunity to reconnect with his family, he’s still reportedly very worried about leaving his pregnant wife back in America. The Duchess of Sussex was unable to make the trip, as her doctor advised against traveling since she is currently very pregnant with their second child and is due early this summer. Harry is reportedly planning to stay “for a week,” according to a source who spoke to Us Weekly, and “He’s already really missing Meghan and Archie and has been FaceTiming them every day to check in. He actually speaks to Meghan a few times a day because he worries [about] leaving her when she’s so far along in her pregnancy.”
As for his brother, Prince William, he and wife Kate Middleton have apparently been struggling to figure out how best to help their children deal with the passing of their great-grandfather. According to another royal insider who spoke to Us Weekly, “William told George, Charlotte and Louis that Prince Philip has ‘gone to heaven’ and ‘is an angel now. They’re still so young so he and Kate wanted to let them down gently.” They added that the children have absolutely been affected by the death in the family, explaining, “Naturally, the children are very upset, particularly George and Charlotte. Louis is still very young and had only met Prince Philip a couple of times.” The royals have also found ways to keep Philip’s spirit alive for their children, the source explained, “George, Charlotte and Louis helped William choose a photograph of Prince Philip to hang in their home in memory of him.”
As per his wishes, Prince Philip will not receive a state funeral, but will lie in state at Windsor Castle until his service at St. George’s Chapel on Saturday. Due to the pandemic, the public has been “regretfully requested” not to attend.
More Great Stories From Vanity Fair
— The Shockingly Melancholy Britney Spears Doc You’ve Never Heard Of
— R.O. Kwon’s Letter to Asian Women Whose Hearts Are Still Breaking
— Angelina Jolie Offers to Testify Against Brad Pitt in Drawn-Out Divorce
— The 14 Best Retinol Products for a Skin Reboot
— A British Constitution Expert Explains Why the Royals Are Trapped
— Cracking the Case of London’s Acrobatic Rare-Book Thieves
— How a Jurassic Park Roller Coaster Got Attacked by Actual Raptors
— From the Archive: The Ominous Signs in Ted Ammon’s East Hampton Murder
— Serena Williams, Michael B. Jordan, Gal Gadot, and more are coming to your favorite screen April 13–15. Get your tickets to Vanity Fair’s Cocktail Hour, Live! here.