Smiling Prince Harry ‘glad to be back in England on home turf’ – royal expert

A smiling Prince Harry joined his brother Prince William to unveil a statue of Princess Diana on Thursday, and a royal author has said the Duke of Sussex is "pleased to be back in England".

Talking on True Royalty TV, Robert Lacey, author of Battle of Brothers, spoke about Harry's return to the UK after having a very public falling out with his family.

The historian and royal expert told viewers: "We would say this wouldn't we, but he is pleased to be back in England on his own home territory with his family.

"That's what he looked like, didn't he?"

Harry was pictured beaming during the ceremony as he and William pulled the cover off a statue of their mother they had commissioned together.

He has not been in the UK since his grandfather Prince Philip's funeral in April.

Mr Lacey added: "I think we can read positive vibrations into what we've just seen. Obviously, it's not going to be a total reconciliation.

"I think it's first baby steps towards some sort of new arrangement in the future."

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Harry and his wife Meghan Markle initially went to Canada with their son Archie after leaving the UK during "Megxit", but have now settled in Montecito, California.

The pair bought an £11 million mansion and have since welcomed baby Lilibet Diana into the family.

Although Mr Lacey does think the Sussex move to California is permanent, he also said we should expect Prince Harry to start to visit the UK more frequently.

He said: "We are not going to see Harry and Meghan come back and live in this country but we already know that they are planning to come back for holidays and Frogmore Cottage is going to be their base for British visits."

Prince Harry is currently staying at Frogmore Cottage, where Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank now live, although it was divided up to make it Covid-safe for his visit.

He had to isolate for five days following his return to the UK and take tests to prove he had tested negative for the virus.

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