The heavily pregnant Duchess of Sussex was advised not to travel to the UK from their home in Montecito, California, by her doctor. The couple are expecting their second child in summer. Meghan will undoubtedly be keeping a watchful eye over their son Archie who turns two in May and has also remained in the US. A friend of Meghan’s said the Duchess hopes the Royal Family will come together for the funeral and “put their differences aside” after the couple exposed rifts within the Firm during a bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.
She is also “willing to forgive and move forward”, according to the friend as it is “what Prince Philip would want”.
Prince Harry cut a lonely figure without his wife by his side for his grandfather’s funeral.
Royal fans have shared their concerns about Harry’s “lonely” return to the UK – although it is understood Meghan has been in daily contact with her Prince from across the pond.
Although not present at the funeral today, it is understood the Duchess of Sussex left a handwritten note on a wreath for the Duke of Edinburgh.
The wreath was designed by Willow Crossley and included the Acanthus mollis which is the flower of Greece in recognition of Philip’s heritage.
The wreath was handpicked by Meghan and Harry and was placed in St George’s chapel with the note.
It also included sea holly, to represent the Royal Marines, campanula for gratitude and everlasting love, rosemary to signify remembrance, lavender for devotion, and roses in honour of June being Philip’s birth month
Harry was momentarily reunited with his brother William before the Duke of Cambridge was whisked away to take part in the funeral procession.
The Prince looked emotional as he arrived at St George Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle, the same church where the Duke of Sussex married Meghan around three years ago.
Meghan and Harry had remained in close contact with the Queen and Prince Philip despite the distance.
Harry hilariously recalled how the Duke would just slam the laptop shut at the end of a video call.
According to a friend, Meghan and Philip ”had a special bond” and “she adored him”.
During the bombshell interview last month, Meghan and Harry alleged remarks about Archie’s skin colour had been raised by a member of the Royal Family before his birth.
The Duchess also detailed upsetting mental health issues which she felt the Royal Family had ignored in her early years of being a member of the Firm.
Later Oprah revealed Harry had insisted she disclose the Queen and Prince Philip were not the source of the alleged racist remarks.
Meghan and Harry resigned from their senior royal roles in 2020 and moved to the US to pursue an independent and private life.
Earlier this year, it was confirmed the pair would not be returning to the Royal Family and their royal patronages and Harry’s military titles were stripped.
Around the same time Prince Philip was admitted to hospital for an infection.
The Duke spent a month in hospital before being released after a “successful procedure for a pre-existing heart condition” on March 16.
Meghan and Harry faced heavy criticism for their Oprah interview which was aired while Philip was in hospital.
Following Harry and Meghan’s decision to not return to the Firm, the Queen said: ”While all are saddened by their decision, The Duke and Duchess remain much-loved members of the family.”