Prince Harry arrives back in US on British Airways flight after 28 hour UK visit for King’s coronation

Prince Harry has arrived back in the US after a 28 hour visit to the UK for the coronation of his father, King Charles III.

Harry arrived at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) at around 7.30pm local time (3.30am UK) to reunite with his son on his birthday. British Airways flight attendants confirmed Harry had been on the flight but said they were not permitted to discuss the details of his trip.

The duke’s appearance at the coronation marked his first public appearance alongside the royals since the release of his controversial memoir Spare. He was seated in the third row for the crowning of Charles and the duke’s stepmother the Queen in Westminster Abbey, and was placed two rows behind his brother the Prince of Wales.

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Harry chatted to his cousin Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi as he entered the church on Saturday in the drizzling UK rain. He also nodded and smiled at guests as he processed behind them, walking down the nave of the abbey alone.

It is understood the duke wore what he was asked to wear, which consisted of a dark morning suit and tie, his Afghanistan and Jubilee medals pinned to his suit jacket, and a Royal Victorian Order star and neck decoration. During the service, as the congregation paid homage to the King, Harry was seen, along with the other royals around him, speaking the words: “God save King Charles. Long live King Charles. May the King live forever.”

Prince Harry at the coronation of King Charles III
Prince Harry at the coronation of King Charles III

His abrupt return to the US meant he did not appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony for the finale of the day, with the Palace confirming earlier he had no formal role at the event. Prince Archie turned four on Saturday and spent the day with his mother, Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, at their US home.

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