Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have returned to Southern California after extending their trip to the UK by several days due to the death of Queen Elizabeth II. British tabloids report the couple flew British Airways to Los Angeles.
Report: Harry And Meghan Back In California After British Airways Flight
During this trip to the United Kingdom and Europe, Harry flew to Dusseldorf on a German government Airbus A340 jet. He then took military transport from London to Scotland when it became clear that his grandmother’s condition was quickly deteriorating.
He became the first member of the Royal Family to leave Balmoral after Queen Elizabeth’s death and was pictured boarding a British Airways jet from Aberdeen to London.
Two days after a state funeral and internment ceremony, Harry and Meghan reportedly jetted home to California, where they have been away from their children, Archie, three, and Lilibet, one, for two weeks. According to Page6, the couple took a British Airways flight from London Heathrow (LHR) to Los Angeles (LAX) on Tuesday. In Los Angeles, they were met on the tarmac and shuttled away from LAX in a black Lincoln SUV to thier home in Montecito.
On Tuesday, British Airways operated two flights to Los Angeles, including:
- BA283 – departing LHR at 9:45 am, arriving LAX at 1:00 pm – Airbus A350-900
- BA281 – departing LHR at 11:54 am, arriving LAX at 2:55pm – Boeing 777-300ER
Only BA281 offered a first class cabin.
British tabloids are having a field day about the strained relationship between William and Harry, Meghan’s request for a meeting with Charles, and the body language of the encounters between the Sussexes and Wales over the last week. Live and Let’s Fly will not traffic in those stories. Instead, I think it fitting to present how each one publicly remembered the late Queen.
On Thursday, the world lost an extraordinary leader, whose commitment to the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth was absolute. So much will be said in the days ahead about the meaning of her historic reign.
I, however, have lost a grandmother. And while I will grieve her loss, I also feel incredibly grateful. I have had the benefit of The Queen’s wisdom and reassurance into my fifth decade. My wife has had twenty years of her guidance and support. My three children have got to spend holidays with her and create memories that will last their whole lives.
She was by my side at my happiest moments. And she was by my side during the saddest days of my life. I knew this day would come, but it will be some time before the reality of life without Grannie will truly feel real.
I thank her for the kindness she showed my family and me. And I thank her on behalf of my generation for providing an example of service and dignity in public life that was from a different age, but always relevant to us all.
My grandmother famously said that grief was the price we pay for love. All of the sadness we will feel in the coming weeks will be testament to the love we felt for our extraordinary Queen. I will honour her memory by supporting my father, The King, in every way I can.
In celebrating the life of my grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen—and in mourning her loss—we are all reminded of the guiding compass she was to so many in her commitment to service and duty. She was globally admired and respected. Her unwavering grace and dignity remained true throughout her life and now her everlasting legacy. Let us echo the words she spoke after the passing of her husband, Prince Philip, words which can bring comfort to all of us now: “Life, of course, consists of final partings as well as first meetings.”
Granny, while this final parting brings us great sadness, I am forever grateful for all of our first meetings—from my earliest childhood memories with you, to meeting you for the first time as my Commander-in-Chief, to the first moment you met my darling wife and hugged your beloved great-grandchildren. I cherish these times shared with you, and the many other special moments in between. You are already sorely missed, not just by us, but by the world over. And as it comes to first meetings, we now honour my father in his new role as King Charles III.
Thank you for your commitment to service.
Thank you for your sound advice.
Thank you for your infectious smile.
We, too, smile knowing that you and grandpa are reunited now, and both together in peace.
Harry and Meghan are back in California. Who would have thought that when they left sunny Santa Barbara two weeks ago, Harry would come back without a grandmother? Cherish the time you have with family, now more than ever.