May 31, 2021
Prince Harry found out his grandfather Prince Philip had died after police knocked on his front door.
The Duke of Sussex received several phone calls from the US embassy about the death in the early hours of April 9, but the calls were never answered, according to TMZ.
A representative from the US Embassy dialed Harry’s number just before 3 a.m. California time to tell him the news, but the call went unanswered, according to the outlet.
Finally, the embassy rep contacted the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department — Harry, Meghan Markle and their son, Archie, live in the exclusive Montecito community — and asked an officer to get the prince to call back.
The sheriff’s department complied and reportedly sent an officer to the royal couple’s $14.7 million estate to tell Harry to call the embassy immediately.
Days later, Harry touched down in the UK for the late prince’s funeral, joining family members at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on April 17.
Meghan, who is pregnant with the couple’s second child, stayed in California with their son Archie.
Only about 30 people attended the funeral due to COVID restrictions in the UK at the time.