July 24, 2021

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Suspect arrested after driving through gate onto LAX airfield as Prince Harry waited for flight to UK: reports – Fox News

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LOS ANGELES—A suspect who illegally drove onto an airfield at the Los Angeles International Airport was detained Thursday night, the same night Prince Harry was waiting to board a flight back to the U.K., according to reports. 

At least two runways were briefly shut down after the driver broke through a gate at a FedEx air cargo facility, FOX 11 in Los Angeles reported. 

A video from a helicopter showed about 10 police SUVs and a dozen officers at the scene. A CBS reporter said the car slammed through a gate at the FedEx cargo facility and, at one point, drove on the runway.

Harry is reportedly leaving California to attend the unveiling of a statue of his mother Princess Diana at Kensington Palace. He had been seen arriving at LAX in a black SUV, The Sun U.S. reported. 

The prince’s flight left 45 minutes after the airport incident, according to the outlet

The airport said in a statement posted to Twitter that the airfield has been inspected and “One south runway has reopened and the other will open shortly. The north runways continued operating normally.”

No motive has been given for the driver, FOX 11 reported and there’s no reporting that it was connected to Prince Harry’s presence at the airport. 

Harry and Prince William will appear together at the July 1 unveiling on what would have been their mother’s 60th birthday. It will be the first time the brothers have seen each other since Prince Philip’s funeral in April, according to The Sun. 

The visit has been described by a source as “fleeting;” Harry’s wife Meghan Markle will remain in California with their newborn daughter and young son. 

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