PRINCE Harry appeared at the coronation of King Charles but hurried off at the end of the ceremony to fly back to California.
Desperate to come home for his son Prince Archie’s fourth birthday, Harry headed to the airport – and was seen leaving Westminster Abbey with a souvenir of the day.
He was seen with a service medal in his hands as he was escorted to his car.
The Duke of Sussex, 38, was spotted at Heathrow Airport – flying back to the US just an hour after the pomp and ceremony for Meghan Markle when his father Charles was crowned at Westminster Abbey.
He got into a blacked-out electric BMW and was whisked 20 miles to Heathrow, where he arrived in a police convoy at around 1.50pm.
The Duke was taken to the VIP Windsor Suite in Terminal 5.
When his car was spotted at busy London Airport, his father led his family onto the balcony of Buckingham Palace for the first time as King.
Prince Harry did not appear to speak to his brother William or sister-in-law Kate Middleton at the ceremony.
When the Duke of Sussex first arrived at Westminster Abbey and took his seat, royal fans were quick to comment on his third-row seat.
Meanwhile, the Prince and Princess of Wales, their children Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, and Prince Edward and his wife Sophie Wessex sat in the front row.
Royal viewers took to Twitter to comment that Harry sat so far back for the ceremony.
One wrote: “Can’t believe they put Harry in the cheap seats.”
A second added: “Why is Harry sitting so far away his dad is the king.”
Prince Harry went without brother William and was instead joined by Princess Beatrice’s husband Edo Mapelli Mozzi.
He then took a seat in the third royal row alongside Princess Eugenie’s husband, Jack Brooksbank.
On his other side was Princess Alexandra, 86 – Queen Elizabeth’s cousin.
Alongside them were Prince Andrew’s daughters Eugenie, 33, and sister Beatrice, 34, who was sitting next to Edo.
Before Harry, his aunt was Princess Anne alongside her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence.
Prince George – who will one day be king – sat closer to King Charles as Page of Honor.
A source told The Sun: “There have been discussions that the seating could be back-to-back.
“But that would have put fifth in line Harry front and center – and with William and Kate.
“Instead, the decision was for royals to only work on the front lines and work from there at the back. Harry will be a long way from his father.”
Prince Harry – in a dark morning suit and with medals – attended without wife Meghan, 41, or children Archie, who turned four yesterday, and Lilibet, one.
The Duke landed in the UK on Friday.
A source told The Sun: “He will be traveling in and out of the UK in 24 hours.”
Charles and Camilla arrived at Westminster Abbey after a spectacular 1.42-mile journey in the air-conditioned Diamond Jubilee State Coach, built in 2012.
They left Buckingham Palace escorted by the Household Cavalry Sovereign’s escort before passing a guard of honor of around 160 members of the three forces.
The service lasted about two hours, with ancient traditions – some dating back to 1065 – seeing Charles anointed and crowned with the 1661 St Edward’s crown.
Charles is the first king to be crowned in Britain since his grandfather King George VI on May 12, 1937.
He is the 40th monarch to be crowned at Westminster Abbey, the first being believed to have been Harold Godwinson in 1065.
Much like his beloved mom, Charles broke with tradition.
Fueled by a desire for a monarchy taken back, the king shunned the extravagant riches on display at his own mother’s £1.57million ceremony.
The guest list was cut to just 2,000, compared to the Queen’s 8,250, and the length of the service was drastically reduced.
Even the dress code was different, and the king chose to wear a military uniform instead of the silk stockings and trousers seen in the past.