A distraught Prince Harry has arrived back at Windsor, after making a dash to Scotland in a bid to say his goodbyes to his grandmother, the Queen.

The Duke of Sussex, 37, could be seen holding his hand to his mouth, looking visibly emotional as he processed the loss of his 'Granny', with whom he shared an extremely close bond.

Harry will no doubt be greeted in Windsor by his wife Meghan Markle, 40, who stayed behind in London as Harry dashed to Scotland.

The King's son was amongst family members including brother Prince William who scrambled to the Queen's bedside in Balmoral yesterday after receiving a phone call that she had just "hours to live".

Harry, 37, arrived at Balmoral on Thursday evening at 7.52pm, having landed in Scotland at 7pm – hours after other members of the royal family touched down.

Flight data shows he was still in the air during the sombre announcement about his beloved grandmother.

He was the last of the royals to arrive to Balmoral, hours after Prince William, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex all arrived on the same plane.

Harry, who along with his wife Meghan, has had a strained relationship with his family in the last years, was also the first to leave Balmoral on Friday morning, barely 12 hours after arriving.

Harry was pictured being driven in a black Range Rover out of the Royal Family's Scottish home on 9 September, after arriving there just before 8pm the night before.

He was seen sitting in the back of the car at 8.26am, making his way out after mourning the loss of his grandmother with his father Charles, who is now the King, alongside other members of the Royal Family.

Harry was taken to Aberdeen Airport, where he boarded a plane to return back to London.

It was initially believed that Meghan Markle would join him in racing to Balmoral, after a spokesperson for the Sussexes confirmed they would be travelling to 'Scotland'.

Later, however, it transpired that Harry would be travelling to the royal family's Scottish estate without his wife of four years.

Despite the drama that has unfolded between the Sussexes and the rest of the royal family, including Meghan and Harry's now-infamous 2021 interview with Oprah Winfrey, Harry is said to have been the "apple of the Queen's eye".

Royal expert Duncan has told OK! "No matter how resilient and pragmatic the Queen was, this maelstrom of extraordinary circumstances must have distressed her.

"The departure of Prince Harry and the ugly accusations thrown back at the royal family about racism and persecution were especially difficult."

He went on to share that Harry was "always the apple of her eye" and "adored his slightly rebellious streak and the fact that the public warmed to him."

It's said that even though Harry and Meghan relocated to Montecito, California, in 2020, Harry maintained his close relationship with the Queen.

"One thing about the Queen is she has to manage being a grandmother but also how it affects the wider institution," a royal insider told PEOPLE Royals.

“If Harry asks, the Queen would say yes,” a friend of the royal told the outlet. “She adores him."


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