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Prince Harry lands back in LA just 16 hours after coronation

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 06: Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex leaves Westminster Abbey following the coronation ceremony of King Charles III and Queen Camilla on May 6, 2023 in London, England. The Coronation of Charles III and his wife, Camilla, as King and Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the other Commonwealth realms takes place at Westminster Abbey today. Charles acceded to the throne on 8 September 2022, upon the death of his mother, Elizabeth II. (Photo by Toby Melville  - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince Harry leaves Westminster Abbey following the coronation ceremony of King Charles III and Queen Camilla. (Getty Images)

Prince Harry has landed back in California just 16 hours after his father's coronation.

The Duke of Sussex caught a British Airways flight shortly after King Charles' service finished and arrived at Los Angeles International Airport at about 7.30pm local time (3.30am UK).

This was just 16-and-a-half hours after the coronation commenced at 11am on Saturday.

British Airways flight attendants confirmed to the PA news agency that Harry had been on the flight but said they were not permitted to discuss his trip.

Watch: Prince Harry departs coronation service at Westminster Abbey

The duke was reuniting with his son after Prince Archie turned four on Saturday, spending the day with his mother, the Duchess of Sussex, at their US home.

Harry's appearance at the coronation marked his first public appearance alongside the royals since he lambasted his family in his controversial memoir Spare.

His book contained claims his father put his own interests above Harry’s and was jealous of his wife.

There was also the incendiary claim his brother, the Prince of Wales, physically attacked Harry during an argument about Meghan.

TOPSHOT - Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex looks on as Britain's King Charles III leaves Westminster Abbey after the Coronation Ceremonies in central London on May 6, 2023. - The set-piece coronation is the first in Britain in 70 years, and only the second in history to be televised. Charles will be the 40th reigning monarch to be crowned at the central London church since King William I in 1066. Outside the UK, he is also king of 14 other Commonwealth countries, including Australia, Canada and New Zealand. (Photo by Ben Stansall / POOL / AFP) (Photo by BEN STANSALL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
The Duke of Sussex looks on as King Charles III leaves Westminster Abbey on Saturday. (AFP via Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex talks to Britain's Princess Anne, Princess Royal at Westminster Abbey in central London on May 6, 2023, ahead of the coronations of Britain's King Charles III and Britain's Camilla, Queen Consort. - The set-piece coronation is the first in Britain in 70 years, and only the second in history to be televised. Charles will be the 40th reigning monarch to be crowned at the central London church since King William I in 1066. Outside the UK, he is also king of 14 other Commonwealth countries, including Australia, Canada and New Zealand. Camilla, his second wife, will be crowned queen alongside him, and be known as Queen Camilla after the ceremony. (Photo by Richard POHLE / POOL / AFP) (Photo by RICHARD POHLE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Prince Harry talks to Princess Anne at Westminster Abbey. (AFP via Getty Images)

Buckingham Palace has yet to comment on any of the claims.

At the coronation, Harry was seated in the third row for the crowning of Charles and his stepmother the Queen in Westminster Abbey, and was placed two rows behind William.

Harry chatted to his cousin Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi as he entered the church in the drizzling rain.

Read more: King Charles's coronation: How the day of pageantry and protests unfolded

He also nodded and smiled to guests as he processed behind them, walking down the nave of the abbey alone.

During the service, as the congregation paid homage to the King, Harry was seen, along with the other royals around him, speaking the words: “God save King Charles. Long live King Charles. May the King live forever.”

His abrupt return to the US meant he did not appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony for the finale of the day, with the Palace confirming earlier he had no formal role at the event.

The coronation celebrations were set to continue on Sunday with big lunches attended by royals and a concert at Windsor Castle.

The King and Queen will join 20,000 members of the public at the coronation concert where, along with other family members, they will see performances by Take That, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie.