Meghan Markle made ‘every effort’ to return to UK for Philip’s funeral but doctors said no
Meghan Markle made every effort to return to Britain for Prince Philip’s funeral but was told no by doctors, it is understood.
The Duchess of Sussex is heavily pregnant with her and Prince Harry’s second child – so will not be flying from LA.
The Duke of Sussex, 36, will be travelling from the US to attend his grandfather’s memorial service on April 17.
But it was announced today that Markle, 39, will not be at his side after medical advice ruled against her getting on a plane for a trans-Atlantic flight.
Prince Philip passed away yesterday morning at Windsor Castle, at the age of 99.
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Details of his funeral, to be held in St George’s Chapel, were released earlier today.
Attendees are expected to be a mixture of family and close friends, with military personnel also lining the procession route.
Harry has not been back to Britain since stepping down as a senior royal just over a year ago, but will now return.
But Meghan, who is pregnant with the couple’s second child, will not be coming with him.
It is understood that she made every effort to try and return but doctors ruled against travelling on medical grounds.
The duke and duchess posted a tribute to Philip on the website of their foundation Archewell on Friday.
It reads simply: “In loving memory of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh 1921-2021
“Thank you for your service… You will be greatly missed.”
It was posted against a sombre brown background.
Harry and Meghan’s relationship with the Firm has been strained since they announced ‘Megxit’ and spoke to Oprah Winfrey.
The couple made a number of bombshell revelations in the interview with the TV host, including claims of royal racism.
The Queen, 94, issued a statement in the days following, which said that “while some recollections may vary”, the issues would be taken “very seriously”, but dealt with privately as a family.
They were criticised in some corners for airing the interview with the duke ill.
Prince William, 38, in a rare move on a royal engagement, also spoke out publicly, saying “We’re very much not a racist family”.
Harry told Winfrey that he felt let down by his father, the Prince of Wales, 72, and that “there’s a lot of hurt that’s happened” between them, and that his relationship with his brother was “space” but he loved him to bits.
Mourners coming from outside England are required to self-isolate from arrival and for the first full 10 days after they arrive.
But Harry will be entitled to leave his place of self-isolation on compassionate grounds to attend the funeral.
He could also be released from quarantine if he gets a negative private test on day five under the Test to Release scheme.
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