The Queen will use Prince Harry's visit to the UK for the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral as an opportunity to "broker peace", a royal expert has claimed.

The Duke of Sussex landed back in the UK on Tuesday ahead of his grandfather's send off on Saturday.

Journalist and author Tom Bower, who wrote Rebel Prince, a biography of the Prince Philip, believes that while Monarch's focus will be solely on her late husband, she's also hoping to spend time with her grandson.

Writing for the Sun, he said: "If, in the sight of Philip's coffin and his grieving grandmother, he is contrite, he might begin to rebuild a relationship with Charles and William.

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The Queen will be reunited with her grandson, Prince Harry

"Philip would have been the first to advise his grandson that he will never find permanent peace and happiness estranged from his family, just relying on Hollywood's superficial celebrities."

But he believes that while the Queen is "undoubtably mortified" by Harry's "disloyalty", he predicts she will use the opportunity to bring the family back together.

Bower adds: "If Harry decides to stay in Britain for a few days, she will undoubtably use the opportunity to broker peace. The death of a loved one is always a reason to urge the living to forgive and love one another."

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Due to Covid restrictions, just 30 guests will be allowed at Prince Philip's funeral in Windsor on Saturday afternoon.

In line with his wishes, he's having a military funeral rather than a state one.

It will be the first time Harry has seen his family since March 2020, when the Sussexes attended the Commonwealth Day service - their final royal engagement.

Since then he has hit out at his family in a shocking interview with Oprah Winfrey, in which he accused his father and brother of being "trapped".

Meghan made "every effort" to attend Philip's funeral but has been advised not to by her doctors. She is heavily pregnant with the couple's second child, a baby girl, believed to be due in June.

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Meghan is unable to attend as she's heavily pregnant

Earlier this week Harry shared a moving tribute to his grandfather, describing him as the "legend of banter".

He wrote: "My grandfather was a man of service, honour and great humour. He was authentically himself, with a seriously sharp wit, and could hold the attention of any room due to his charm—and also because you never knew what he might say next.

"He will be remembered as the longest reigning consort to the Monarch, a decorated serviceman, a Prince and a Duke. But to me, like many of you who have lost a loved one or grandparent over the pain of this past year, he was my grandpa: master of the barbecue, legend of banter, and cheeky right ‘til the end.

"He has been a rock for Her Majesty The Queen with unparalleled devotion, by her side for 73 years of marriage, and while I could go on, I know that right now he would say to all of us, beer in hand, ‘Oh do get on with it!’

"So, on that note, Grandpa, thank you for your service, your dedication to Granny, and for always being yourself.

"You will be sorely missed, but always remembered—by the nation and the world. Meghan, Archie, and I (as well as your future great-granddaughter) will always hold a special place for you in our hearts."

‘Per Mare, Per Terram’