As Prince Harry last week raced against the clock to get home from California to his mourning family – all while making sure his pregnant wife would be OK without him – he largely left the logistics at the other end of his flight to organisers back in Britain.
But the impending reunion with his estranged brother Prince William, after more than a year, was no doubt at the front of his mind.
And as his British Airways flight touched down at Heathrow on Sunday, April 11 – just making the deadline to be able to quarantine for five days before the Duke of Edinburgh’s April 17 funeral – a waiting blacked-out Land Rover was there ready to whisk Harry on to the 15-minute drive to Frogmore Cottage, in the grounds of the Queen’s Windsor estate.
It was there at his old home that he was required to isolate before a negative COVID-19 test would clear him to join his family.
However, Woman’s Day can reveal that Harry, 36, was visited by his older brother, who suffered with COVID a year ago, within days of landing on his home turf.
Palace insiders are abuzz with chatter that Harry and William, 38, held a “quiet, socially distant summit” outside the cottage Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, lease from the Queen, in a bid to clear the air between them ahead of the weekend’s sombre celebration of their grandfather’s illustrious life.
“Prince William knew that despite all the bad feeling between them, it was important to let bygones be bygones,” says a source.
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