Police drove to Prince Harry's mansion after he slept through phone calls telling him Prince Philip had died, it has been claimed.
Both Harry and wife Meghan Markle were reportedly asleep when the US Embassy rang at 3am on April 9, to inform the Duke of his grandfather's death.
With their calls going unanswered, the Embassy asked the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Department if someone could drive over to the couple's £11million Montecito home in California and break the sad news, reports TMZ.
A member of the couple's staff greeted an officer at the gate of the property and was told to get Harry on the phone to the Embassy, the news outlet claims.
A Palace source said how the Sussexes were contacted about Philip's death was a private matter and would not comment further, MirrorOnline reports.
The Duke of Sussex, 36, then flew back to Britain for Philip's funeral on April 17, in the midst of controversy over the bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview he and Meghan had taken part in weeks before.
Harry is understood to have isolated at Frogmore Cottage prior to the stripped-back service at St George's Chapel within the grounds of Windsor.
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The Queen had gifted the property to him after he got married, before relocating to the US in March last year.
Meghan, who remains heavily pregnant with her second child, was advised by doctors not to make the trip to the UK.
It comes after Harry admitted he was frightened of the reaction on his return home for the funeral.
The whole world was watching when he reunited with his family, which included chatting to brother Prince William as they walked away from the service at the end.
Speaking to Oprah for Apple + TV's documentary The Me You Can't See, he said: "I was worried about it, I was afraid."
Coping mechanisms learned in therapy got the Prince through the funeral with his family.
With the exception of his heart pounding, Harry managed to keep his cool for the funeral.
He added: "It definitely made it a lot easier, but the heart still pounds."
A Palace source said: “Regardless of truth or otherwise, we would not comment on this as it is a personal and private matter which I don’t believe is any way in the public interest to print.
"How someone is told of the passing of a loved one is not really a suitable matter for conjecture or speculation. It is private."
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