Prince Harry has returned safely to his home in Montecito, California after attending the funeral of his grandfather Prince Philip, BAZAAR.com confirms.
The Duke of Sussex quietly arrived back on the West Coast on April 20, following nine days in the United Kingdom to join family as they honoured the life of the late Duke of Edinburgh and supported the queen.
During his time in England, the prince was based at his Frogmore Cottage home in Windsor, where he was able to see a number of family members, including Princess Eugenie and her newborn son, August Philip Hawke Brooksbank, after a five-day isolation period per current COVID-19 government guidelines.
Last Saturday’s funeral, which took place at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, was the first time Harry had come face-to-face with family since officially stepping back from his royal role in March 2020. But though conversations with his father, Prince Charles, and brother, Prince William, did take place following the April 17 service, sources tell BAZAAR.com that reports of peace talks and family summits have been wide off the mark.
“This trip was to honor the life of his grandfather and support his grandmother and relatives,” a source close to Harry explains. “It was very much a family-focused period of time. Saturday broke the ice for future conversations but outstanding issues have not been addressed at any great length. The family simply put their issues to one side to focus on what mattered.”
A tabloid report claiming that Harry wrote a “deeply personal” letter for his father before the funeral is also false, the source adds. Prince Charles has been staying at his Llwynywermod estate residence in Wales (over 185-miles away from Windsor) since Sunday.
BAZAAR understands that Harry met the queen, who turns 95 today, privately on at least two occasions during his time in the country. “The love and respect he has for his grandmother will always be unwavering,” a source previously said.
Though no plans have been officially confirmed yet, the Duke of Sussex is expected to return to the U.K. this summer for the unveiling of a statue of his late mother, Princess Diana. He will join William at Kensington Palace’s Sunken Garden for a ceremony that was rescheduled from summer 2020.
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.