Prince Harry flies home amid airport security scare with car chase

Prince Harry's flight back to the UK took off amid an airport car chase which saw two runways shut.

The 36-year-old royal has returned from Los Angeles to London this week to attend the unveiling of a statue of his late mother Princess Diana to celebrate what would have been her 60th birthday.

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Prince Harry has flown into the UK amid an airport security scare at LAX. Photo: Getty Images

According to the Daily Mail, Prince Harry arrived in a chauffeur-driven vehicle at LAX International Airport on Thursday evening, at around the same time a car was being pursued by police.

It's said a male driver broke through a fence at the FedEx cargo facility, and then headed west on an airfield road.


The driver is said to have been detained without injuries, and airport police noted that an investigation is underway.

At this point, there's not thought to be a link with any departing flights.

Harry is set to appear with his brother Prince William this week for an emotional ceremony at Kensington Palace where a statue of their late mother, Princess Diana, will be unveiled.

It's expected the siblings will walk together to unveil the statue before then giving separate speeches.

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Prince Harry has flown into the UK to unveil a statue of Princess Diana. Photo: Apple TV+
Prince Harry and his best man Prince William on his wedding day
Prince Harry and Prince William haven't seen each other since their grandfather's funeral. Photo: Getty Images (Getty Images)

Harry – who relocated to the US with his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, after stepping down as a senior royal last year – will stay with his cousin, Princess Eugenie, at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, where he is able to quarantine for the required five days before being tested for coronavirus.

Although a larger gathering was originally planned, regulations due to the COVID-19 pandemic mean it will be a smaller group including the brothers and the Spencer family.

The ceremony will mark the first time Harry and William have been together since their grandfather Prince Philip's funeral.

The 38-year-old Duke of Cambridge and 36-year-old Duke of Sussex were snapped chatting as they made their way from St. George's Chapel back to Windsor Castle alongside the rest of the royal family.

Twitter exploded once the moment was shown on TV, with one person commenting: “This is so lovely to see! The three of them supporting each other in this sad time”.

“Grief really makes people come together and reevaluate everything,” another person wrote.

One source told The Mirror, "It will take a long time to heal on all sides, but the initial signs are encouraging. It is very much hoped this is a turning point."

Another added: "It’s no secret tensions have been running incredibly high of late, not to mention the brothers have barely uttered a word to each other in many months.

"Perhaps with the Duke’s passing and their grandmother’s call for unity it could be the catalyst for a renewed relationship. Everyone certainly hopes so."

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Prince Harry and Prince William will unveil a statue of Princess Diana. Photo: Getty Images (ALASTAIR GRANT via Getty Images)

Prince Harry's relationship with his family has been fraught for months now, with the royal telling Oprah he needed 'space' from his big brother.

However, Prince Harry rushed home to the UK from California when his grandfather died, and many royal sources were hoping the family would reunite in grief.

The Sussexes made a series of claims against the royal family in their now famous interview with Oprah Winfrey.

They claimed a member of the royal family made racist remarks about the colour of their then unborn son's skin tone.

Meghan also detailed a disagreement she had with Kate Middleton, where she revealed there had been a tiff over bridesmaids dresses before her 2018 wedding to Prince Harry.

When asked about his relationship with his brother Prince William, Prince Harry said "I love him to bits".

"He's my brother, we've been through hell together," he said.

"And we have a shared experience. But we, you know, we have different paths."

Additional reporting by Bang Showbiz

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