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Prince Harry’s trip to the UK “broke the ice” for future talks with his family but “remaining issues were not addressed”, according to a source.
Harry was in the UK for his grandfather Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral, which took place on 17 April at Windsor Castle.
Omid Scobie, biographer of Harry and his wife Meghan Markle, confirmed that the Duke of Sussex arrived back in the US on Tuesday, the day before his grandmother’s 95th birthday.
Scobie said a source close to Harry said: “This trip was to honor his grandfather’s life and support his grandmother and relatives.
“It was a family-oriented period of time. Saturday broke the ice for future conversations but unresolved issues were not widely addressed. The family simply put their issues to either side to focus on what was important. “
Harry, 36, was separated from his brother Prince William in the procession behind Prince Philip’s funeral, with their cousin Peter Phillips.
But the two brothers were seen chatting as they left St. George’s Chapel, where the service was held, after William’s wife, Kate, approached Harry.
There have long been reports of a rift between Harry and William, not helped by an interview Harry conducted with Oprah Winfrey in March.
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He and his wife said racist comment was made about their son Archie before he was born, leaving William to defend his family as “not very racist”.
And Meghan said the palace failed to correct a story in newspapers that claimed she made the Duchess of Cambridge cry before their wedding in 2018.
Meghan said that it was Kate who made her cry before she married Harry, and that Kate had apologized and sent flowers.
Scobie said reports that Harry had written a letter to his father Prince Charles were incorrect.
Charles is understood to be staying at Llwynywermod, near Llandovery, his rural home in Wales.
Harry had to go into quarantine when he arrived in the UK because there are currently no travel corridors in place.
However, he would have had time out of quarantine for the funeral as there are exceptions on compassionate grounds.
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It also appears that Harry took the option of a private COVID test to get out of quarantine early on, as Harper’s Bazaar reported that he was out after five days.
Currently UK government guidelines state that test must be taken by day two and day eight of the 10-day isolation period, but visitors may choose to pay for a test from an approved private supplier after five days, meaning that they may leave earlier.
Harry stayed at Frogmore Cottage, a Windsor home that the Queen gave him and Meghan when they married.
It is understood that his cousin Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank are currently living there with their son August, so Harry might have been able to spend time with them had he cleared quarantine early.
Harry had to travel alone to the funeral because Meghan could not get medical permission to fly. She is expecting their second child, a girl, and has said she is due in the summer.