Prince Harry, Meghan Markle fly back to California after Queen’s funeral

//Prince Harry, Meghan Markle fly back to California after Queen’s funeral

September 21, 2022 | 3:36pm

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have flown back to California following an extended mourning period for the death of Queen Elizabeth II in the UK, Page Six can confirm.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex left his homeland on Tuesday, one day after they attended the late monarch’s funeral services.

It does not appear likely that the “Suits” alum was able to have the “one-to-one” conversation with King Charles III she reportedly requested before leaving the country.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have flown back to California following the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II in the UK.
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The couple reside in Montecito with their children, 3-year-old son Archie and 1-year-old daughter Lilibet, both of whom stayed behind with Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland.

Harry, 38, and Meghan, 41, relocated to the coastal city after infamously quitting their royal duties in 2020. 

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The Sussexes allegedly took a British Airways flight out of Heathrow on Tuesday.

All eyes were on the pair during their recent time in England, where they reunited with Harry’s older brother, Prince William, and William’s wife, Kate Middleton. 

The Fab Four had a series of tense interactions, from icy glares in public to separate seating arrangements at the late Queen’s state funeral on Monday.

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The pair was not seen getting off the plane, but were shuttled away from LAX in a black SUV.

Throughout it all, Markle appeared to show her husband “silent support,” body language expert and author Judi James told Page Six exclusively. 

“The best description of Meghan’s body language at the funeral was ‘understated,’” she said of the “Archetypes” podcast host. 

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The couple had icy interactions with Prince William and Kate Middleton during their trip.
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“She seemed to offer a continuation of that silent support to her husband while sitting and walking with a look of dignity tinged with sadness.”

Follow Page Six’s coverage of Queen Elizabeth’s funeral:

  • Harry and Meghan snubbed with seating arrangement at Queen’s funeral
  • King Charles leaves touching note on Queen’s casket
  • William and Harry ‘trying their best’ to get along while mourning Queen
  • Kate Middleton: Prince Louis, 4, is struggling to understand Queen’s death

Though Markle was photographed shedding tears over the sovereign’s passing, James expressed that Harry appeared equally broken up over the loss of his beloved grandmother. 

“Walking beside, but a large distance apart from his brother, his puckered brows and rapid blinking suggested the onset of tears,” noted James.

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Harry and Meghan sat separately from William and Middleton during services.
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“When he watched the coffin being unloaded there was the sucking in of the lips, rocking from side to side and shoulder roll that he had performed before to suggest he was bracing himself emotionally.”

Elizabeth died Sept. 8 at age 96 following a historic 70-year reign. 

In the days that followed, Harry and Markle faced a series of difficulties. 

The State Funeral Of Queen Elizabeth II

Markle and Harry appeared heartbroken over the Queen’s death.

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Markle and Harry appeared heartbroken over the Queen’s death.

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The pair was invited to — and later uninvited from — a state reception for world leaders and foreign leaders last Friday.

Page Six exclusively reported that they only found out after reading about the “disinvite” in the press.

Harry, who served 10 years in the military, was also initially barred from wearing his military uniform to the Queen’s funeral. However, King Charles eventually allowed his son to wear it to the vigil. 

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Harry and Markle, who reside in Montecito, quit their royal duties in 2020.
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Harry was stripped of his military titles when he stepped down as a working member of the royal family.

In his first statement about his grandmother, he said, “Granny, while this final parting brings us great sadness, I am forever grateful for all of our first meetings — from my earliest childhood memories with you, to meeting you for the first time as my commander-in-chief, to the first moment you met my darling wife and hugged your beloved great-grandchildren.

“I cherish these times shared with you, and the many other special moments in between. You are already sorely missed.”

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