Harry ‘visited by US sheriffs when he missed call on Prince Philip’s death’ – reports

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Harry flew back to the UK for his grandfather’s funeral at Windsor Castle last month, after the Duke of Edinburgh died peacefully at the age of 99 on April 9. He also paid tribute to Philip by releasing a poignant tribute which praised him for his “seriously sharp wit, and could hold the attention of any room due to his charm – and also because you never knew what he might say next”.But it has been reported the Duke of Sussex only learnt about the death when officers from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office urgently went to his home in Montecito, in California, after he did not answer his phone at 3am.

Celebrity and entertainment news website TMZ claimed Harry was told to call the US Embassy immediately by the police.

Philip’s death was announced at Buckingham Palace in a statement at 12pm UK time, which is eight hours ahead of California.

However, sources told Mail Online it is unlikely the US Embassy in London or the UK Embassy in Washington DC would have made this request to police.

Express.co.uk has contacted a spokesperson for Meghan and Harry and also Buckingham Palace for more information.

Harry travelled back to the UK a few days later, where he joined other members of the Royal Family to bid farewell to the Duke, in his first meeting with them since quitting the Firm and moving to the US with wife Meghan Markle and son Archie last year.

Just a few weeks before his death, while Philip was in hospital recovering from heart surgery, Harry and Meghan also claimed they had felt “trapped” as working royals.

Meghan added she felt suicidal and did not receive support when she asked, while also saying an unnamed member of the Royal Family made a comment about Archie’s skin tone.

Buckingham Palace responded saying: “The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.”

It is not known what Philip thought about the Megxit crisis last year or if he knew about the Oprah interview.

However, Harry put his issues with the Firm to one side for his tribute to Philip, as he said: “My grandfather was a man of service, honour and great humour.

“He was authentically himself, with a seriously sharp wit, and could hold the attention of any room due to his charm—and also because you never knew what he might say next.

“He will be remembered as the longest reigning consort to the Monarch, a decorated serviceman, a Prince and a Duke.

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“But to me, like many of you who have lost a loved one or grandparent over the pain of this past year, he was my grandpa: master of the barbecue, legend of banter, and cheeky right ’til the end.”

Harry then described his grandfather as “a rock” to the Queen and imagined how Philip would react to the public support following his death.

He added: “He has been a rock for Her Majesty The Queen with unparalleled devotion, by her side for 73 years of marriage.

“While I could go on, I know that right now he would say to all of us, beer in hand, ‘Oh do get on with it!’

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“So, on that note, Grandpa, thank you for your service, your dedication to Granny, and for always being yourself.

“You will be sorely missed, but always remembered—by the nation and the world. Meghan, Archie, and I (as well as your future great-granddaughter) will always hold a special place for you in our hearts.”

He ended the message with: “Per Mare, Per Terram”, which is a Latin term used by the British Marines that means: “By Sea, By Land”.

Meanwhile, Harry features in new documentary The Me You Can’t See: A Path Forward, which was released on Apple TV today.

It follows the original docuseries with Oprah and shares his personal account of wanting to leave the Royal Family behind.

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