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Harry and Meghan fly back to US as friend offers support through ‘very difficult time’

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Harry and Meghan’s brief stay in the UK was extended due to the Queen’s death  (Getty Images)
Harry and Meghan’s brief stay in the UK was extended due to the Queen’s death (Getty Images)

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have flown back to the US to be reunited with their children — as a friend who lent them their first home in California said he had wanted to support them through a “very difficult time”.

Harry and Meghan spent more than a fortnight away from their children Archie, three, and 15-month-old Lilibet after their brief trip to the UK was extended by the death of the Queen and her funeral.

The family now live in Montecito, California, but stayed in an $18 million Beverly Hills mansion belonging to filmmaker Tyler Perry for several months when they quit as working royals and moved to the US in 2020.

Speaking for the first time about why he helped out, Perry said he knew it was a “very difficult time for them” and he wanted to “support them” in any way.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at HM Queen Elizabeth II’s State Funeral

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He said he was inspired by their relationship, telling the Today Show in the US: “What I know about the two of them — and I wish the world knew — how much these two people love each other.”

Their return to the US comes as a friend of the couple downplayed reports of a royal reconciliation between them and the rest of the royal family.

US chat show host Gayle King said there had been “efforts on both sides to make this right” but so far they had come to nothing.

The period of national mourning for the Queen had seen signs of Harry’s fractured relationship with his brother being repaired.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex join The Prince and Princess of Wales greeting the public at Windsor in tribute to HM Queen Elizabeth II

The Princess of Wales, the Prince of Wales and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex meeting members of the public at Windsor Castle in Berkshire following the death of Queen Elizabeth I (PA)
The Princess of Wales, the Prince of Wales and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex meeting members of the public at Windsor Castle in Berkshire following the death of Queen Elizabeth I (PA)
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales look at floral tributes laid by members of the public on the Long walk at Windsor Castle (Getty Images)
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales look at floral tributes laid by members of the public on the Long walk at Windsor Castle (Getty Images)
The Princess of Wales, the Prince of Wales and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex walk to meet members of the public at Windsor Castle in Berkshire following the death of Queen Elizabeth II (PA)
The Princess of Wales, the Prince of Wales and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex walk to meet members of the public at Windsor Castle in Berkshire following the death of Queen Elizabeth II (PA)
Britain’s Prince William and Kate, Princess of Wales, left, and Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex walk to greet the crowds after viewing the floral tributes for the late Queen Elizabeth II outside Windsor Castle (AP)
Britain’s Prince William and Kate, Princess of Wales, left, and Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex walk to greet the crowds after viewing the floral tributes for the late Queen Elizabeth II outside Windsor Castle (AP)
Prince of Wales, Catherine, Princess of Wales, Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, look at floral tributes as they walk outside Windsor Castle, following the passing of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, in Windsor (REUTERS)
Prince of Wales, Catherine, Princess of Wales, Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, look at floral tributes as they walk outside Windsor Castle, following the passing of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, in Windsor (REUTERS)
Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, greet people as they walk outside Windsor Castle, following the passing of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth (REUTERS)
Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, greet people as they walk outside Windsor Castle, following the passing of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth (REUTERS)
Prince William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales speak with members of the public on the Long walk at Windsor Castle (Getty Images)
Prince William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales speak with members of the public on the Long walk at Windsor Castle (Getty Images)
Crowds wait to meet the Duke of Sussex, Duchess of Sussex, Prince of Wales and Princess of Wales at Windsor Castle in Berkshire following the death of Queen Elizabeth II (PA)
Crowds wait to meet the Duke of Sussex, Duchess of Sussex, Prince of Wales and Princess of Wales at Windsor Castle in Berkshire following the death of Queen Elizabeth II (PA)
The Duchess of Sussex meeting members of the public at Windsor Castle in Berkshire following the death of Queen Elizabeth II (PA)
The Duchess of Sussex meeting members of the public at Windsor Castle in Berkshire following the death of Queen Elizabeth II (PA)
Harry and Meghan view the floral tributes for the Queen outside Windsor Castle (AP) (AP)
Harry and Meghan view the floral tributes for the Queen outside Windsor Castle (AP) (AP)
Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, greets people gathered outside Windsor Castle, following the passing of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth (REUTERS)
Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, greets people gathered outside Windsor Castle, following the passing of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth (REUTERS)

William and wife Kate joined Harry and Meghan outside Windsor Castle to meet the public, and the brothers walked together beside the Queen’s coffin and stood vigil over it at Westminster.

But Ms King told the US TV programme Extra: “Big families always go through drama. It remains to be seen — are they going to be drawn closer or are they going to be drawn apart?”

The couple are said to have had “little interaction” with the other royals aside from the official mourning duties.

The new King remains at Balmoral where he is privately grieving but many of the other royals are now back to work.

Prince William paid tribute to his grandmother yesterday as he described the “saddest circumstances” which prevented him attending an eco-summit in New York.

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He recorded a video for the event from Windsor telling delegates about his “time of grief” and saying protecting the environment was “a cause close to my grandmother’s heart”.

Prince Edward has flown to Estonia and Germany to see British troops stationed there, while the Princess Royal will be in Portsmouth and Aldershot today to thank members of the military who worked on her mother’s funeral.

It has also emerged the Queen Consort will keep her private home in Wiltshire as an “escape from royal life”.