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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive back in California after flying home BEFORE the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee ended

PRINCE Harry and Meghan Markle have arrived back in California after flying home yesterday ahead of the end of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were spotted at a Santa Barbara airport on Sunday after departing early on a private plane.

Prince Harry pictured returning to California after leaving the anniversary celebrations early

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Prince Harry pictured returning to California after leaving the anniversary celebrations earlyPhoto credit: Rex
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were already on the air when the platinum competition kicked off yesterday

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were already on the air when the platinum competition kicked off yesterdayPhoto credit: Rex
Meghan and Harry flew back to the US before the anniversary celebrations came to an end

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Meghan and Harry flew back to the US before the anniversary celebrations came to an endCredit: PA

The Sussexes and their two children Archie, three, and one-year-old Lilibet were already on the air when the Platinum Jubilee Pageant began yesterday.

They are believed to have been driven from Frogmore Cottage to Farnborough Airport before taking off at 1.30pm.

The California-based couple’s 10,000-mile round-trip trip is estimated to have cost them £160,000. It is not known who paid the bill.

A source said: “There was no fanfare, they just walked.

“They didn’t stick with the platinum anniversary competition.”

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Harry, 37, and Meghan, 40, were barely seen in public during the Queen’s four-day celebration.

They were shown in the Major General’s office at Trooping the Color on Thursday silencing younger royals.

A source said the couple didn’t stay for the pageant, adding: “It’s a celebration of Britain and all of its quirks and eccentricities during the Queen’s 70-year reign.”

A thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday was the only time they were seen in public with their family, as they sat in the second row, 25 feet from William, Kate, Charles and Camilla.

Harry had no contact with either his siblings or his father during the service.

At some point in the 50-minute ceremony, Meghan was seen telling him, “Yeah, it’ll be fine.”

The Sussexes declined the opportunity to have snacks and drinks with family members at The Guildhall and were instead driven back to Frogmore Cottage.

They also missed Saturday night’s epic party at Buckingham Palace – where Charles and William were cheered by the 120,000-strong crowd as they delivered incredible speeches.

The Sussexes had pledged to “stick to the script” and not plan any off-platinum antics antics after they flew in from Santa Barbara on Wednesday.

Yesterday The Sun on Sunday revealed the Sussexes were joined by younger royals, including children of Zara and Mike Tindall, for a garden party to celebrate daughter Lilibet’s first birthday.

It is also believed that a birthday party was organized in the hut with picnic snacks, cakes, balloons and board games.

‘FOLLOW THE SCRIPT’

Zara and Mike Tindall’s children – Mia, 8, Lena, 3, and one-year-old Lucas – are said to have taken part.

Other guests included Peter Phillips and ex-wife Autumn’s daughters Savannah, 11, and 10-year-old Isla.

Archie’s godfather Charlie Van Staubenzee and his brother Tom are also said to have been there

The Sun also understands the 96-year-old Queen had met Lilibet before she turned one.

But there are no plans to release a photo of the moment, we’re told.

The Sussexes flew in on a private jet from Santa Barbara on Wednesday, crowded into the back of a blacked-out VW people carrier and received a low-key escort from the Queen’s Land Rover and bodyguards.

They left their large entourage that followed the pair around the Invictus Games – back home in California.

And Netflix cameras, which caused a storm in the Netherlands, have also been kept out.

The Queen made a surprise appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace yesterday

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The Queen made a surprise appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace yesterdayCredit: PA
You missed the Queen's last anniversary appearance today. She stood shoulder to shoulder with Charles, Camilla and the Cambridges on the palace balcony

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You missed the Queen’s last anniversary appearance today. She stood shoulder to shoulder with Charles, Camilla and the Cambridges on the palace balconyPhoto credit: Reuters
Meghan attended the engagements on Thursday - but she and Harry weren't on the royal balcony

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Meghan attended the engagements on Thursday – but she and Harry weren’t on the royal balconyPhoto credit: © Kelvin Bruce
The couple flew back to the United States on Sunday afternoon

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The couple flew back to the United States on Sunday afternoonCredit: AP
Harry and Meghan are said to have taken daughter Lilibet to their great-grandmother, the Queen

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Harry and Meghan are said to have taken daughter Lilibet to their great-grandmother, the QueenCredit: Arthur Edwards / The Sun

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Jessica MacLeish

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