Why Prince Harry is allowed to break quarantine to attend Prince Philip’s funeral

Alice Howarth
·2-min read
Photo credit: Chris Jackson / Staff - Getty Images
Photo credit: Chris Jackson / Staff - Getty Images

The Duke of Sussex has landed in the UK ahead of his grandfather Prince Philip’s funeral next weekend. Due to his international flight and the ongoing pandemic he has gone into quarantine.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral is set to take place next Saturday (17 April) and despite Prince Harry not having time to complete the required 10 days quarantine, thankfully he will be allowed to attend on compassionate grounds. Government rules currently allow people to break quarantine if they are attending a funeral service.

Official government guidance reads: "You can leave your place of self-isolation in limited circumstances, including on compassionate grounds.

"This includes attending a funeral of a household member, a close family member or a friend (if neither household member or close family member can attend the funeral). You must continue to self-isolate at all other times."

Despite this, Harry will still have to follow several strict rules. He will have to abide by social distancing and undergo testing on the second and eighth day of his trip. He will also have had to have been tested three days before he left California and upon entry into the UK, would have been asked to complete a passenger locator form with details of where he will be spending quarantine. The Prince has reportedly chosen his former home, Nottingham Cottage, in Kensington Palace, which is located next door to Prince William and Kate, to complete the quarantine.

Prince Philip passed away peacefully at Windsor Castle on 9 April and the royal family have since gone into a period of mourning. Prince Harry will be attending the funeral without his wife, Meghan. The Duchess of Sussex has been advised to stay at home due in Santa Monica due to her pregnancy.

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