Meghan Markle missed Prince Philip’s funeral was right move for mom-to-be, experts say

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex reside in California.



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EXCLUSIVE: Meghan Markle has not joined her husband Prince Harry for Prince Philip’s funeral – and some royal experts believe it was the right move for the couple.

The Duke of Sussex landed in the UK on Monday for the first time since last year. The 36-year-old will join his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II and the rest of the British Royal Family for his grandfather’s funeral on Saturday April 17.

The Duke of Edinburgh died on Friday at the age of 99.

The Duchess of Sussex remained in California. The 39-year-old woman, who is pregnant with the couple’s second child, has been advised by her doctor not to attend. In November 2020, the former American actress revealed that she miscarried in July of that year and was admitted to hospital.

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The Duchess of Sussex is currently expecting her second child.
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The couple’s second child, a baby girl, is due this summer.

“The pregnancy has given Meghan a very real reason not to be here and I feel for her,” True Royalty TV co-founder Nick Bullen told Fox News. “No matter what her decision was going to be, the critics would have used it against her. “

The award-winning documentary maker has been directing shows about the royal family for almost 20 years and has worked closely with Harry’s father Prince Charles for the past eight years.

Bullen said that had the former American actress been allowed to travel overseas, he believed she would have been welcomed despite the couple’s explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired in March.

PRINCE HARRY QUARANTIN AT HIS CHALET FROGMORE AND MEGHAN MARKLE BEFORE PRINCE PHILIP’S FUNERAL

Prince Harry (left) is in the UK for the funeral of his grandfather, Prince Philip (right).
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“I think if she had come back I think the family would have been very welcoming to her,” he explained. “The Queen made it very clear in her statement that Harry and Meghan are much loved members of the Royal Family and are always welcome to join their families. So I think she would have been welcomed again. All everyone wants right now is for the damage to be repaired and for everyone to move forward. “

Royal writer Leslie Carroll also felt the former “Suits” star made the best decision for the family.

“Meghan is damned if she does and damned if she doesn’t, whatever the subject,” Carroll said. “She is clearly several months pregnant, certainly well into her second trimester. I think I understand [she’s staying behind] on an abundance of medical caution. She has had a miscarriage already in the past year and we are still in the midst of a pandemic. It would be prudent for her to avoid the ordeal of international travel. “

Carroll is the author of seven books on the loves and life of European royalty. Most recently, she wrote “American Princess: The Love Story of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry”. She said Markle didn’t need to be physically present at the funeral to show support for her spouse.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex reside in California.
(Photo by Toby Melville – WPA Pool / Getty Images)

“Harry has already suffered so much loss that any reasonable person who understands the love he and Meghan share will recognize that she can and support him in his time of mourning for his grandfather, without physically standing by his side in service. commemorative of the duke. , ”She explained.

The flamethrowers might want to imagine how emotionally ruined a man like Harry could be if Meghan risked traveling with him and something happened to her health and / or that of the child she is carrying – their daughter. to be born. “

In a statement from Harry previously obtained by Fox News, the royal paid tribute to his beloved grandfather.

“My grandfather was a man of service, honor and great humor. He was authentically himself, with a very sharp wit, and could hold the attention of any room because of his charm – and also because you never knew what he might say next, ”he began. .

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Prince Harry (left) and Prince William (right) shared personal tributes in honor of their late grandfather, Prince Philip (center).
Prince Harry (left) and Prince William (right) shared personal tributes in honor of their late grandfather, Prince Philip (center).
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“He will be remembered as the oldest reigning husband of the monarch, a decorated soldier, a prince and a duke. But for me, like many of you who have lost a loved one or grandparent to the pain of the past year, he was my grandfather: barbecue master, joke legend and cheeky until at the end. “

Harry thanked his grandfather for his service, his dedication and for “always being yourself”.

“You will be sorely missed, but you will always remember – the nation and the world. Meghan, Archie and I (as well as your future great-granddaughter) will always hold a special place for you in our hearts, ”the Duke concluded. . “’Per Mare, Per Terram.’ “

The palace confirmed the death of the Duke of Edinburgh on April 9.

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In this file photo from June 8, 1948, the Duke of Edinburgh seated next to Princess Elizabeth recognizes the cheering crowd as the open Landau crosses Fleet Street towards London's Guildhall.  Buckingham Palace officials say Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, has died, it was announced on Friday April 9, 2021. He was 99 years old.  Philip spent a month in hospital earlier this year before being released on March 16 to return to Windsor Castle.  Philip, also known as the Duke of Edinburgh, married Elizabeth in 1947 and was the longest-serving husband in British history.
In this file photo from June 8, 1948, the Duke of Edinburgh seated next to Princess Elizabeth recognizes the cheering crowd as the open Landau crosses Fleet Street towards London’s Guildhall. Buckingham Palace officials say Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, has died, it was announced on Friday April 9, 2021. He was 99 years old. Philip spent a month in hospital earlier this year before being released on March 16 to return to Windsor Castle. Philip, also known as the Duke of Edinburgh, married Elizabeth in 1947 and was the longest-serving husband in British history.
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“It is with deep sadness that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,” the palace said in a statement. “The Royal Family join people around the world in mourning their loss. “

Elizabeth, 94, has entered an eight-day period of mourning and will not hold any royal office.

Philip is survived by the Queen and their four children – Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward – as well as eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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