Prince Harry is believed to be back in Montecito after flying to the UK for two days of gruelling High Court evidence at the Mirror phone hacking trial.
The Duke of Sussex, 38, did not take time during the visit to see his family, who were less than half a mile from where he was staying.
He is said to have landed in California yesterday evening, meaning that he will have left Britain around lunchtime on the same day – the same dash he took after King Charles’s Coronation last month.
He stayed at Frogmore Cottage for three nights, according to the Telegraph, but it is expected to be his last visit to the home he once shared with his wife because his father has evicted him from the early summer. He is also understood not to have met with his father King Charles, nor brother Prince William, during his stay.
William is believed to be in the UK with his wife Kate carrying out several engagements near their Windsor home, Adelaide Cottage, just 700 yards from Frogmore.
Charles returned from Romania on Tuesday and went to a service at St James’s Roman Catholic Church, in Marylebone, that evening. On Wednesday, when Harry testified for a second day, Charles was at Buckingham Palace for a military event to thank servicemen and women who took part in the Queen’s funeral.
The Duke of Sussex, 38, outside the High Court where he has been giving evidence in a phone hacking trial this week
Harry and Meghan in the kitchen of Frogmore Cottage in footage from their Netflix documentary.
Harry is likely to have stayed at Frogmore Cottage, pictured, for the last time this week as King Charles is evicting him from early summer
Harry was staying just 700 yards from his brother William this week but reportedly did not see him, nor their father
The Duke of Sussex flew to London this week to give evidence across two days as part of his lawsuit against Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN) over claims its journalists used hacking, ‘blagging’ and other illegal means of deception to write 140 articles published between 1996 and 2010.
Staying with his security team, the short visit marked what is likely to have been Harry’s final nights in Frogmore Cottage, having been evicted by his father shortly after the release of his bombshell memoir Spare at the beginning of this year.
The Sussexes have been given until early summer to leave the property, but are understood not to be planning to visit the UK before then.
Harry flew to the UK to attend the High Court proceedings on Sunday night after celebrating his daughter Lilibet’s second birthday.
He was accused of wasting court time after missing the first day of his testimony on Monday. An exasperated judge rebuked the duke’s barrister when it became clear the royal witness was ‘unavailable’.
Mr Justice Fancourt said he was ‘a little surprised’ that Harry was not there, and admonished Harry’s barrister, David Sherborne, for causing ‘timetable chaos’.
The duke appeared close to tears on Wednesday as he finished his historic day and a half of answering questions, which saw him become the first royal in more than a century to testify in court.
The Duke of Sussex is suing Mirror Group Newspapers for damages over claims journalists used hacking, ‘blagging’ and other illegal means of deception
Prince Harry seen in a court sketch giving evidence at the High Court in London for a second day
During a turbulent final few hours in the witness box, the duke volunteered details of his chequered love life, including a trip to a strip club.
MGN is contesting Harry’s claims and has either denied or not admitted that articles about Harry being examined at the trial involved phone hacking or unlawful activity.
Meanwhile, afly-on-the-wall documentary series featuring the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for Netflix has been postponed until next year.
Harry and Meghan had been working on the series as part of their rumoured $100million (£88million) deal with the streaming giant.
But with The Crown accused of fabricating a ‘hurtful’ smear against King Charles by depicting him secretly plotting to oust the Queen, Netflix has now pushed it back.