The Queen was reportedly relieved Meghan Markle missed Philip’s funeral – NBCNEWS

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A welcome absence. Queen Elizabeth was grateful that Meghan Marklea did not attend Prince Philip’s funeral in April 2021, Tom Bower claims in a new royal biography.

The book, titled Revenge: Meghan, Harry and the War Between the Windsorsout July 21 through Blink Publishing and London’s The times shared a clip on Friday, July 15, describing the Queen’s alleged relief ahead of the big day.

“Thank God Meghan isn’t coming,” the Queen said in a clear voice to her trusted assistants,” Bower wrote.

After the Duke of Edinburgh passed peacefully in his sleep at age 99 earlier that month, the former actress was advised not to travel as she was seven months pregnant. “Meghan will stay in California. She can’t go on a doctor’s prescription,” a source told exclusively Us Weekly prior to the ceremony. “She is too far to fly and it is recommended that she rest for the last few months.”

The insider added at the time that Prince Harry and Duchess of Sussex, who welcomed son Archie in May 2019, took the recommendation very “seriously” as she had miscarried in July last year. “Doctors don’t think the stress of it all is worth risking losing another baby,” explains the insider. The couple welcomed daughter Lilibet, now 13 months, the following June.

The Duke of Sussex, now 37, kept in touch with his pregnant wife from his native England, having regular contact with the To grab alum, now 40. “He already really misses Meghan and Archie and has been facetimeing them every day to check in,” a source told me. U.S at the time. “He actually talks to Meghan a few times a day because he’s worried” [about] leave her when she is this far along in her pregnancy.”

The co-founder of Invictus Games took on the stress himself. Philip’s death came just a month after Meghan and Harry’s CBS tell-all criticized the royal family and explained why they were stepping down as senior royals and moving to California. Despite knowing he was “walking into the lion’s den, so to speak,” Harry “wanted to show his respect for his grandfather,” another insider told me. U.S at the time.

“[Philip] and Harry had a very close relationship,” the source revealed in April. “While they may not have been able to communicate for the last year or so of his life, Philip thought very much about his grandson and vice versa.”

Harry attended the funeral at St. George’s Chapel on April 17, 2021, along with the Queen, his father Prince Charlesstepmother Duchess Camillabrother Prince William and sister-in-law Duchess Kate, among other members of the extended family. William and Harry were part of the funeral procession, but they were clearly separated by a cousin.

“To avoid any trouble with William, the brothers were separated by their cousin as they walked towards St George’s Chapel Peter PhillipsBower claims in his July 21 book.

Buckingham Palace refused such speculation at the time. “These are practical changes rather than sending a signal,” the palace said in a statement two days before the patriarch was buried. “This is a funeral and we don’t get carried away by perceptions of drama. The arrangements have been agreed and represent both Her Majesty’s wishes and The Duke’s personal wishes.”

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