Ending all speculations, Buckingham Palace on Saturday announced that Meghan Markle will not attend the funeral of Prince Philip. While grandson Prince Harry would attend.
The funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh will be held at Windsor on April 17, with no public access nor public procession beforehand, a Buckingham Palace spokesman said.
Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry will be marking his presence at the funeral, however, Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle will not be attending the funeral on doctor’s advice, as she is pregnant with their second child, the palace said.
“The Duke of Sussex is planning to attend,” the palace spokesman said. “The Duchess of Sussex has been advised by her physician not to travel. So the Duke will be attending.”
Earlier, they also shared a message in the wake of Prince Philip’s death, saying the Duke of Edinburgh “will be greatly missed.” The message read: “In loving memory of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, 1921-2021. Thank you for your service… you will be greatly missed.”
Last month in an interview with Oprah Winfrey, Meghan alleged racism in the royal family. During the interview, Meghan said her pleas for help while she felt suicidal were ignored and that some family members also asked how dark their unborn child’s skin might be. The couple stepped down as senior members of royal family last year and moved out of the Buckingham palace.
Prince Philips Funeral
Members of the public will not be allowed to attend as the proceedings have been scaled down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funeral will be shown live on television.
Given the current pandemic restriction which allows only 30 mourners to attend, the event will be reduced in scale. At this moment, there is no confirmation yet on the rest of the guest list.
The Queen has approved the prime minister’s recommendation that there be eight days of national mourning, to end on the day of the duke’s funeral, the palace said.
During the national mourning time, union flags will remain at half-mast but the Royal Standard, which is flown when the Queen is in residence at one of the royal palaces, will be at full mast.
Prince Philip was born on the Greek island of Corfu on June 10, 1921. He married Princess Elizabeth in 1947, five years before she became Queen, and was the longest-serving royal consort in British history. The couple had four children, eight grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.