Prince Philip’s Funeral: Prince Harry will have to quarantine for 10 days but there is a catch

Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex will return to the United Kingdom this week to attend his grandfather’s funeral at St George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle on Saturday.

It will be the first time that Prince Harry has visited the UK since he and Meghan Markle stepped back from royal duties last March.

And, like other international arrivals, he will be made to follow the government’s coronavirus travel rules.

The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, who is pregnant with their second child, has been advised by her doctor not to travel.

Prince Harry will have to quarantine but there is a catch:

According to current rules people arriving in the UK will have to take a Covid-19 test during the three days before departure and test negative. People will have to quarantine for 10 days and take further Covid-19 tests on day two and day eight after arriving.

The 10-day quarantine for the prince would not be at a quarantine hotel since the United States is currently not on the ‘red list’ of countries.

The government advice says people can quarantine in their own home, “with friends and family” or in a hotel or other form of temporary accommodation.

And according to rules mourners who have come from abroad can leave their place of quarantine “in limited circumstances, including on compassionate grounds”.

This includes “attending a funeral of a household member, a close family member or a friend”.

They must continue to self-isolate at all other times though and must follow the rules on social distancing.

However, the prince could end his 10-day quarantine early according to a government’s “Test to Release” scheme that allows people to pay for a private Covid test to be taken five days into quarantine and if it is negative, they can stop isolating.

But, to take advantage of this, Prince Harry would have to arrive in the UK very soon.