KEY POINTS

  • Prince Harry spent five days in isolation when he arrived in the U.K. due to government COVID-19 protocol
  • He "didn't get to see" George, Charlotte and Louis before returning to California Tuesday, a report says
  • But he reportedly met privately with his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II

Prince Harry didn’t get the chance to see Prince William and Kate Middleton’s children when he was in the U.K. for the funeral of his grandfather Prince Philip, a report says.

The Duke of Sussex stayed a little over a week in his home country to join his family at the service for Prince Philip on April 17. However, the Duke of Sussex had to isolate for five days in his U.K. home, Frogmore Cottage, per current COVID-19 government guidelines and was not able to meet privately with most of his family members, including his nephews Prince George and Prince Louis and niece Princess Charlotte, Us Weekly reported.

"Harry didn’t get to see [Prince] George, [Princess] Charlotte and [Prince] Louis in the U.K.," an unnamed source told the outlet. "Aside from the day of Philip’s funeral (which George, Charlotte and Louis didn’t attend) and meeting privately with the queen, he was in isolation at Frogmore [Cottage]."

Prince Harry quietly returned to California and reunited with his wife Meghan Markle and son Archie on Tuesday. Markle had been advised against taking the trip because she is heavily pregnant with their second child.

Although Prince Harry was not able to spend time with his brother's kids in his first trip back to the U.K. in over a year, he did see his cousin Princess Eugenie and her newborn son, August, who are staying at Frogmore Cottage together with her husband Jack Brooksbank, Harper's Bazaar reported.

The Duke of Sussex was also spotted having a friendly reunion with Prince William and Middleton after the funeral service at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle last weekend. The royal trio was seen chatting as they exited the chapel together.

According to body language experts, the brothers appeared to show signs of reconciliation. One expert, Judi James, said the royal siblings appeared to have had a "genuine moment of unity rather than something contrived for the cameras."

Zara Tindall's husband Mike Tindall said in a 2019 interview, before Prince Harry and Markle welcomed their son Archie, that the duke was a great uncle to his nephews and nieces, so he was sure that he would make a great dad. 

“Harry, he’s busy, but he loves playing with them all and he’ll be a good dad,” Tindall said.

Prince William's younger brother also expressed his fondness for Prince George and Princess Charlotte in 2017, a year before Prince Louis' arrival.

“The reason I am now fifth is because of my nephew and niece and I could never wish them away. They are the most amazing things ever,” Prince Harry said.

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle rocked the British monarchy when they quit frontline royal duties a year ago Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle rocked the British monarchy when they quit frontline royal duties a year ago Photo: POOL / Victoria Jones