Prince Harry apparently missed several phone calls attempting to inform him of Prince Philip’s death.
The Duke of Sussex was asleep when US Embassy officials tried to contact him at 3 am LA time to tell him his grandad had died, TMZ reported.
Concerned he may wake up and instead find out through the media, the Embassy requested a police officer be sent to his house to tell him the sad news.
A cop then arrived at the gates of the home Prince Harry shares with Meghan Markle in Montecito, California, and urgently told him to call the Embassy back.
The Duke of Edinburgh died peacefully at the age of 99 on April 9 at Windsor Castle, which is eight time zones ahead of California.
It is understood the Royal Family wanted to inform the Prince of what had happened personally.
Prince Philip died shortly after Harry and Meghan gave a bombshell interview to Oprah Winfrey making shocking accusations about the royals.
The Duke of Sussex returned to the UK for the funeral, which was his first visit since he and Meghan sensationally quit as senior members of the Firm.
It comes after it was revealed yesterday that Prince Harry is set to inherit a ‘tidy sum’ from the Duke of Edinburgh’s £30 million inheritance.
An insider said Harry will not be ‘punished’ despite recent tensions within the Royal Family over his exit.
The Queen is expected to receive the majority of the money, but other family members and three of Prince Philip’s aides are expected to benefit.
‘These include his private secretary Brigadier Archie Miller Bakewell, his page William Henderson and valet Stephen Niedojadlo.
‘Philip was not the sort of character to punish a grandson [like Harry] for misbehaving.
‘He was a very fair, even-handed, and lovely man. Never held a grudge.’
The Royal Family traditionally passes on their wealth within the family, and generally to those next in line.