Prince Harry.
  • Prince Harry has returned to the UK to attend the funeral of his grandfather, Prince Philip.
  • The private gathering is set for April 17, but new arrivals to the UK must isolate for 10 days.
  • But Harry can attend if he tests negative for Covid-19, as the UK permits those isolating to attend funerals.
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Two loopholes in the UK's Covid-19 regulations means Prince Harry can legally attend the funeral of his grandfather, Prince Philip.

A family funeral for the Duke of Edinburgh, who died last Friday at the age of 99, is scheduled to be held in a chapel at Windsor Castle on April 17.

Buckingham Palace announced on Saturday that Harry would be attending the funeral. He arrived in the UK from Los Angeles - where he resides - on Sunday.

The UK government has stringent requirements for entry into the UK, but Harry can attend the funeral thanks to two loopholes.

Normally, new arrivals to the UK from all countries, including the US, must spend 10 days in isolation, but the government's "Test to Release" scheme permits people to leave isolation early if they obtain a private Covid-19 test and test negative.

Prince Harry and Prince Philip.

Furthermore, the attendance of funerals is listed among the government's isolation exceptions in England.

"You can leave your place of self-isolation in limited circumstances, including on compassionate grounds. This includes attending a funeral of a household member, a close family member or a friend," the rules state.

Harry's wife Meghan Markle, who is pregnant, intended to fly to the UK to attend Philip's funeral but did not get medical clearance to travel, a representative for the couple told Insider's Darcy Schild.

Only 30 people are allowed to attend Prince Phillip's funeral, in line with government guidance. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he would not attend the funeral so a royal family member can take his place.

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