KEY POINTS

  • Prince Harry has returned to the U.K., several outlets reported
  • The Duke of Sussex arrived in his home country ahead of Prince Philip's funeral, which takes place Saturday
  • He will come face-to-face with the royal family for the first time since his and Meghan Markle's interview with Oprah Winfrey aired

Prince Harry arrived in the U.K. on Sunday to attend Prince Philip's upcoming funeral, reports say.

Shortly after Buckingham Palace announced Friday that the Duke of Edinburgh passed away at age 99, it was announced that Prince Harry would be returning to his home country for the first time since he and Meghan Markle stepped back as working royals and moved to California last year. Now, Entertainment Tonight has learned that the Duke of Sussex is already back in England.

People also confirmed that Prince Harry arrived in the U.K. Sunday. The outlet noted that this will be the first time he is coming face-to-face with members of the royal family after his and Markle's bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey last month.

Prince Harry was not accompanied by Markle, who was advised against traveling by her doctors amid her pregnancy. The couple is expecting their second child, a baby girl, whom they will welcome in the summer.

Royal commentator Annabelle Sanderson earlier told Sky News that she believes it is "probably wise" that Prince Harry is reuniting with his family without Markle by his side due to the alleged tension in the royal family caused by their tell-all. She added that she hopes the duke would take it as an opportunity to mend his relationship with his family.

"I think when you have incidents like funerals, weddings, it's the time when family come to get together and maybe heal the rift. Maybe time to look at the fact that life is finite and look at what's important," she said.

"I think it's probably wise that Harry is coming to funeral on his own because after that interview, I think, there is a real need for some bridges to be rebuilt because a lot of people were deeply offended by not only what was said but also by the timing of the interview," she continued.

Prince Philip's funeral will be held at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle on Saturday at 3 p.m. BST, BBC News reported. It will be closed to the public in accordance with pandemic guidelines.

The service, which will be televised, will begin with a minute's silence and be preceded by a ceremonial procession inside the grounds of Windsor Castle.

Prince Philip, who is reported to have requested a service of minimal fuss, will have a ceremonial funeral instead of a state funeral, which is usually reserved for monarchs. Princess Diana and the Queen Mother both had a ceremonial funeral in 1997 and 2002, respectively.

Prince Philip and Prince Harry Prince Philip and Prince Harry enjoy the atmosphere during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final match between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on Oct. 31, 2015 in London. Photo: Getty Images/Phil Walter