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Prince Harry Returns to US After Prince Philip's Funeral in UK

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ET can confirm that Prince Harry is back in Montecito, California with his wife, Meghan Markle, and their son, Archie, after traveling to the UK to attend his grandfather, Prince Philip’s, funeral. Meanwhile, Prince William and Kate Middleton continue to pay tribute to the late Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Elizabeth II released a rare personal message on Wednesday, her 95th birthday.

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KATIE NICHOLL: I would imagine he feels quite torn. That part of him wants to stay, and of course, be there to support the queen. I'm sure he'd love to be here for her birthday. But I think there's also a part of him that is, understandably, keen to get back to his heavily pregnant wife and his little boy.

HALLIE STEPHENS: Prince Harry is back in the US following Prince Philip's funeral. Meanwhile, Prince William and Kate Middleton just paid tribute to the late royal. And Queen Elizabeth released a rare personal message on her 95th birthday.

KATIE NICHOLL: I think people are hoping that, in all of this very sad story, there may be a silver lining. And that will be that William and Harry can start to talk about things. And hopefully, put the past behind them and move on. I think that's what the Duke of Edinburgh would have wanted. He loved William and Harry, and he would have hated to see them fall out.

HALLIE STEPHENS: ET can confirm the 36-year-old Duke of Sussex is back in Montecito, California, following his trip to the United Kingdom for his grandfather's funeral. On Monday, royal expert, Katie Nicholl, told ET that Harry would be arriving back in the states to reunite with his wife, Meghan Markle, and their son, Archie. Of course, Meghan is pregnant with her and Harry's second child and was not given medical clearance to travel overseas.

So Harry made the trip solo. Landing in the UK on April 11, marking his first visit back since he and Meghan stepped down as senior members of the royal family last year.

KATIE NICHOLL: They haven't actually seen each other now for over a year. So this is the first real opportunity that they are going to have to sit down together and talk. And hopefully, start to build a better relationship.

HALLIE STEPHENS: Harry attended his grandfather's funeral on Saturday and spent time chatting with his brother, Prince William.

KATIE NICHOLL: They were very tense as they walked into that chapel. As they came out of it, you could see some of that tension diffuse. And I think that was largely down to the Duchess of Cambridge, who made a point of speaking to Harry. And when she did that, you could see him visibly relaxed.

HALLIE STEPHENS: Both William and Harry took part in the procession behind Prince Philip's coffin on the way to St. George's Chapel. And cameras snapped William, Kate, and Harry walking together before Kate stepped back to give the brother some space.

KATIE NICHOLL: It's always been my understanding that behind the scenes, Kate has tried very hard to forge a rapprochement and act as a peacemaker between William and Harry. You know, she loves Harry. He said she's the sister that he never had.

She's been heartbroken to see them fall out. And I think she is one of the very few people, one of the few family members, who was actually able to push the couples together, which she did in a very subtle way. But it was very effective.

HALLIE STEPHENS: As for Kate and William, they are continuing to honor Prince Philip following his death. On Wednesday, the couple visited the air cadets 282 East Ham Squadron. Kate took over the royal patronage for the air cadets from Philip in 2015, before he retired from his royal duties a few years later. And she became an honorary air commandant.

That's the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wearing black in a show of mourning, smiling as the squadron paid tribute to Philip.

KATIE NICHOLL: Prince Philip was ultimately a family man. He wanted the royal family to be united.

HALLIE STEPHENS: Wednesday also marks Queen Elizabeth II's 95th birthday. And while her Royal Highness won't be hosting a celebration this year as she remains in mourning after the death of her husband of 73 years, she did share a rare personal message with the public. Quote, "My family and I would like to thank you all for the support and kindness shown to us in recent days. We have been deeply touched, and continue to be reminded that Philip had such an extraordinary impact on countless people throughout his life."

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