Prince Harry, 36, flew to the UK on April 11 to personally bid farewell to the late Prince Philip. Upon arrival, he had to observe a strict 5-day quarantine, after which the Duke of Sussex was still allowed to attend the funeral ceremony. Harry stayed at Frogmore Cottage, where after the wedding, he lived with Meghan Markle and his son Archie.
According to the law, the duke had to spend 10 days in self-isolation and receive two negative tests for coronavirus to then have the right to move around the country and meet people freely. But for Harry, concessions were made due to the conditions and “force majeure circumstances.” However, immediately after the funeral, he will be forced to return to the cottage again without delay. Prince Harry is not allowed to attend the private memorial after the funeral for selected royal family members.
“Of course, because of the coronavirus, they shouldn’t be doing this [meeting altogether]. Meetings of this size are not permitted. The only exception is the funeral. According to the rules, in the United Kingdom, you cannot gather in a company of more than 30 people, even on the street. Now you can meet with a maximum of two households, but no more than six people, “– said the royal biographer Victoria Murphy in one of the podcasts. The Daily Star quotes her words.
Other experts agreed with Victoria’s position and added: “Harry should be in quarantine at all times, except for the funeral, so he should not see anyone.”
Media reported that Harry contacted his cousins - Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie – and even scheduled a meeting with them upon arriving in London. Whether the rules of self-isolation are a compelling reason for the Duke of Sussex to refuse personal audiences with relatives or is it just a convenient excuse to maintain a safe distance during a period of tensions in the royal family is unknown.