Prince Harry has returned to the UK looking glum for his final royal engagements


The Duke of Sussex, 35, pictured at Edinburgh’s Waverley Station wearing a baseball cap and jeans, will attend a travel conference promoting eco-friendly holidays in the Scottish capital this week, The Sun reported.

He will later be joined by Meghan for a series of events – the first since they announced their intention to step down from their position as senior royals and relocate to Canada.

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Prince Harry arrived in Britain this week for a series of events that will be his last as a senior royal. Picture: Splash News.Source:Splash News Australia

Next week, the couple will attend the Endeavour Fund Awards in London while Prince William and Kate Middleton are in Ireland.

Tomorrow, Harry is launching a scoring system telling tourists how eco-friendly their flights are – despite his own gas-guzzling private jet use.

The Travalyst scoring system will advise holiday-makers on how bad for the environment their flights are.

Harry looked exhausted as he trudged through Edinburgh’s Waverley Station. Picture: Splash News.

Harry looked exhausted as he trudged through Edinburgh’s Waverley Station. Picture: Splash News.Source:Splash News Australia

Meanwhile, there are fears within the royals that Harry and Meghan’s high-profile return will steal the spotlight from the Cambridges.

A senior source told Sun Online: “While William fully respects Harry’s right to come back whenever he wants – indeed he is glad that he is returning, however briefly – he wishes that it wasn’t at the same time as his Irish trip because he knows what will happen is that the spotlight as far as papers and TV are concerned will be fully on Harry and Meghan.

“He recognises that for the media this will be ‘the big story’.

“It’s not that he and Kate would be jealous of all that coverage – they’re simply not like that – but their tour of Ireland is an important one, and he would have hoped it would get due media prominence.”

Prince Harry’s return comes amid concerns he will overshadow Kate and Will’s trip to Ireland. Picture: Splash News.

Prince Harry’s return comes amid concerns he will overshadow Kate and Will’s trip to Ireland. Picture: Splash News.Source:Splash News Australia

Kate and William’s trip to Ireland will be the first tour carried out by any member of the Royal Family after Brexit.

The source added: “This sort of diary error would simply not have happened in the days before Harry decided to bail out of royal life.

“That’s why members of the royal family have private secretaries – and a grid system, similar to the Government’s method – to ensure that coverage of important events doesn’t clash.

“It’s a nightmare as far as staff are concerned because there is no longer any control over Harry – he has nobody now working for him who has proper experience of the methods and protocol of the court system.

“Presumably he is now relying on some flash PR person more used to the American entertainment world, more Hollywood than Windsor, who is not going to respect the views of the rest of the royal family.”

Harry and Meghan’s return to the UK comes at the same time as The Cambridge’s trip to Ireland. Picture: Getty Images.

Harry and Meghan’s return to the UK comes at the same time as The Cambridge’s trip to Ireland. Picture: Getty Images.Source:Getty Images

According to royal sources, a “diary clash” would have never happened in the past. Picture: Getty Images.

According to royal sources, a “diary clash” would have never happened in the past. Picture: Getty Images.Source:Getty Images

The Sussexes will conduct a string of six engagements over 11 days including Harry, 35, meeting with Jon Bon Jovi to promote the Invictus Games.

Although some unintentional crossovers have occurred in the past, royal author Katie Nicholl revealed clashes were typically avoided by courtiers to prevent “competition” between the Sussexes and Cambridges.

She said: “I think that’s why couriers can avoid diary clashes they will, because they’ll be keen to avoid any sense of competition between the couples.”

On Monday, Kensington Palace announced details of the trip to Ireland, saying: “Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit Ireland from Tuesday 3rd March to Thursday 5th March 2020.

“This visit is at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.”

Following lengthy Buckingham Palace talks, the Queen and senior officials have ruled the couple cannot use the word ‘Royal’ in their new roles as they step back from royal duties to start a new life in Canada.

Meghan and Harry have been ordered not to use the word ‘Royal’ in their new roles. Picture: Getty Images.

Meghan and Harry have been ordered not to use the word ‘Royal’ in their new roles. Picture: Getty Images.Source:Getty Images

As part of the Megxit deal, Harry must ditch his honorary military positions for at least 12 months.

They have been allowed to keep their HRH titles but have been forced to accept that they will not use them publicly as they tout for business around the globe.

The Sussexes have already agreed to repay the $4.8 million of taxpayers’ money used to refurbish their Frogmore Cottage home in Windsor and are expected to pay a commercial rent for it of about $60,000 a month.

This article originally appeared in The Sun and was reproduced here with permission.



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