The Queen’s grandchildren, the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex, have returned from Balmoral to Windsor to be with their families, where they are expected to remain until the Queen’s state funeral.
Prince Harry left Balmoral Palace on Friday morning following the death of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II. Kensington Palace confirmed that Prince William left after 1 p.m.
Harry was seen leaving at around 8.15 a.m. Friday, and is understood to have returned to London and traveled to his British residence, Frogmore Cottage, in Windsor.
After traveling separately from his brother and other relatives, he could not reach Balmoral until around 8.30 pm on Thursday, two hours after his grandmother’s death was announced.
Harry and his wife Meghan are both expected to be in Britain to attend the Queen’s state funeral, which is likely to take place on 19 September.
Harry was nearing the end of his tour of Europe with Meghan and canceled an appearance in London on Thursday at the Wellchild Awards, which honor the brave actions of seriously ill children, to join his family in Aberdeenshire .
He was seen leaving Balmoral, which was held in tribute to the late monarch, and later that morning boarded a British Airways flight at Aberdeen International Airport, which departed at 10.20 a.m.
It is believed that even William did not see his grandmother before she died, although Buckingham Palace has not confirmed the time of death.
Harry and Meghan’s participation in the funeral has sparked much speculation among commentators that this could be the first time they have reunited with the royal family after many years. Some reports have focused on the fact that Harry was the last royal to arrive at Balmoral, and the first to leave.
King Charles appeared to reach out to the couple in his address on Friday evening, saying: “I want to express my love for Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives overseas.”
Neither Meghan nor Prince William’s wife, Kate, joined other members of the royal family at Balmoral, although both are expected to attend the funeral.
On social media, there have been suggestions that Meghan’s absence may have drawn more criticism than Kate, who stayed in Windsor to care for her and William’s children. Casteism,
Harry and Meghan’s Archwell website was blacked out shortly after the Queen’s death was announced, and tributes were posted saying: “In loving memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 1926-2022.”
It is not known when the couple will return to their home in California, where their children live.
The Queen’s death means the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, is now a prince because he is a grandson rather than a great-grandson of a monarch. Her younger sister, Lilibet “Lily” Mountbatten-Windsor, also deserves to be a princess.
Meghan has previously suggested that Archie was denied the title because of his race.
After the Council of Accession takes place on a Saturday at 10 a.m. – it is traditionally held within 24 hours of a monarch’s death, but was delayed due to the fact that the Queen’s death was announced late on Thursday – William and Kate would be known as the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and Cambridge, taking the title “Cornwall” of King Charles.
In his address, the king also stated that he would become the Prince and Princess of Wales, adding: “I am proud to make [William] Prince of Wales, Tywisog Cymru, a country whose title I have been very fortunate to bear in the course of my life and duty.
“With Catherine by her side, our new Prince and Princess of Wales, I know, will continue to inspire and lead our national conversation, helping to bring the frontier to center stage where vital help can be given.”
William would also inherit the Duchy of Cornwall, a 60,700 hectares (150,000 acres) estate spread over 20 counties, with an annual income of approximately £20 million.
A statement from the Duchy of Cornwall confirmed the transfer of property from Charles to William: “The passing of HM Queen Elizabeth II and the succession of HM King Charles III transferred the title of Duke of Cornwall to HRH The Duke of Cambridge.” As such the property is in safe hands. At this point in time, it is right to recognize the vast changes our 24th Duke of Cornwall has made over 70 years. His Majesty has passed on the property in a much better way.”