Prince Harry to 'leave in next 24 hours' – Duke to skip Queen's birthday

Daily Mirror Royal Editor Russell Myers revealed family members have set up a rota to visit the Queen ahead of her 95th birthday on April 21. But Mr Myers explained Prince Harry would be jetting back to the US to be with his pregnant wife Meghan – confirming reports he was “desperate” to return to her. It comes as the Duke of Sussex returned to the UK following the death of his grandfather Prince Philip but reportedly faced a “frosty” reception from senior royals. 

Appearing on ITV’s Lorraine, Mr Myers discussed the Queen’s upcoming birthday and how other family members were “rallying around” the monarch so she would not be alone grieving. 

Host Lorraine asked whether the royal editor believed Harry would stay for the celebrations. 

He bluntly replied: “No, I’m told not I’ve been told he’s due to go in the next 24-hours. 

“It is a shame but he is due to see the Queen before he goes. 

“The royals have organised an unofficial rota system so the Queen will not be alone on her birthday – we can guarantee that. 

“I think it is very important. as a lot of families have had to do, to try to have a period of togetherness whether it is on socially distant walks or through Zoom calls.”

Rumours suggested that Prince Harry would stay in the UK for the Queen’s birthday on April 21 as the Duke purchased an open ticket for his return to America. 

But Mr Myers revealed the prince would be returning to his heavily pregnant wife in the US who is expected to give birth sometime in June. 

Meghan Markle was unable to attend the funeral after she was advised against it by a doctor due to her pregnancy. 

She revealed not long after that she also did not want to be the “centre of attention” and sent wreaths to the ceremony ahead of time. 

Prince Harry and William were seen talking at the funeral with Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, allowing the brothers to interact with one another. 

Royal commentator Dickie Arbiter noted Prince Charles’s decision to send away cars during the event which forced attendees to walk to the entrance of Windsor Castle. 

Mr Arbiter praised the initiative of Charles which forced Harry and William to walk together so they could “break the ice”.

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