Prince Philip, the 99 year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth, tragically passed away on Friday morning at Windsor Castle. Now, a royal expert is speaking out to say that his death will force his grandson Prince Harry to reunite with the royal family sooner than he had planned.

“He will have to,” royal author Anna Pasternak told Fox News. “I think Harry will undoubtedly come back for the funeral, whether it’s a family funeral or a much larger event. All eyes are going to be on Harry and his next move. In terms of Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle, they’re kind of damned if they do and damned if they don’t at the moment. It’s a tricky situation for all of them, but I can’t imagine that Harry won’t put any tensions aside and go to his family at the moment.”

Pasternak went on to add that Philip’s death marks “the end of an era.”

“This is a man who gave up a promising military career, gave up everything literally to serve the queen and his country,” she explained. “We are deeply affected by his death here in Britain. And we mourn for the queen. The only positive aspect of this is that I feel we will mourn together. After the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s interview with Oprah Winfrey, and the fallout that came from there, it left us kind of bruised as a nation. But hopefully, we can all finally unite in our love, gratitude and support of the queen.”

Harry had most recently talked about Philip two months ago, when he was asked by late night host James Corden if Philip and the Queen know how to use Zoom.

“Yes, both my grandparents do,” Harry replied.

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“They have Zoomed a few times, they have seen [my son] Archie running around. But my grandfather, instead of pressing ‘Leave Meeting,’ he just goes,” he added as he pretended to close his laptop.

“I am like ‘bye,’ as I’m pressing,” Harry said as he imitated Philip closing his laptop.

Philip’s death was announced by the palace on Friday morning.

“It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,” the palace said. “His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.”

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