Prince Harry Feels ‘Guilty’ That He Was Not There To Say Goodbye To Prince Philip Before His Death
Prince Harry doesn't live in the U.K. so he missed the chance to see his grandfather before he died, reportedly leaving him feeling "guilty."
Earlier today we reported that Prince Philip, the 99-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth, had passed away at Windsor Castle this morning. Now, sources are saying that Philip’s grandson Prince Harry feels “guilty” that he was not there to say goodbye to his grandfather in person.
Buckingham Palace announced Philip’s death on Friday morning.
It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. pic.twitter.com/XOIDQqlFPn
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) April 9, 2021
He Feels ‘Really Upset’ And ‘Guilty’
Sources told US Weekly that Harry is “really upset” about his grandfather’s death.
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“Harry feels guilty for not being there to say goodbye to Prince Philip in person,” the insider added. Harry has been living across the world in California for the past few months while the rest of the royal family remained in the United Kingdom.
He and his wife Meghan Markle paid a brief tribute to Philip on their Archewell Foundation website in the wake of his passing.
“IN LOVING MEMORY OF His Royal Highness,” their statement read. “The Duke of Edinburgh 1921-2021. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE…YOU WILL BE GREATLY MISSED.”
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle honor Prince Philip in a tribute section on their website.
“Thank you for your service…you will be greatly missed.” pic.twitter.com/Phh0wNferz
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) April 9, 2021
Another source said that both Harry and his older brother Prince William were “devastated” by Philip’s passing.
Though the husband of the 94-year-old Queen had been in poor health as of late, “the loss was still a surprise.”
Queen Wants Harry At The Funeral
As the Queen plans the funeral of the man she was married to for 73 years, she is hoping that Harry will make the trip back to the United Kingdom to attend it.
“The queen wants Harry to be there,” this source said. “Harry is hopeful that he’ll be able to return home to honor his grandfather, who he had a close bond with.”
It is unknown if Meghan would join him for this trip. But, it’s unlikely given the fact that she is currently pregnant with their daughter and is expecting to give birth early in the summer.
She revealed last month that she called the Queen personally to check in after it was reported that Philip had been hospitalized back in February.
“I just picked up the phone and I called the Queen just to check in,” Meghan said. “I just called, that’s what we do.”
Harry Hasn’t Been Back To U.K. Since Leaving Royal Family
Harry and Meghan have not returned to the United Kingdom since stepping down as senior royals last year.
Harry had been planning to fly back there in July for the unveiling of a statue of his mother, the late Princess Diana, at Kensington Palace.
It seems that the death of his grandfather will force Harry to move his travel plans up.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire royal family during this tragic time of loss.
Here’s a short video with some old and recent photos of the Royal Family.