Meghan Markle will not be returning to London. Seven months pregnant, the Duchess of Sussex has announced that she will not accompany her husband, Prince Harry, to the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, scheduled for April 17 at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor. According to royal correspondent Rebecca English, who spoke to the Daily Mail, “the Duchess of Sussex, pregnant, was advised by her doctors not to fly.” Meghan Markle would also have explained “not to want to be the center of attention”, and not to wish to make waves during what will be an intimate and important ceremony for Elizabeth II and all the British royal family.
Thus, the Duchess of Sussex will spend the day of April 17 at her home in Montecito, not far from Santa Barbara. According to The Sun, she will attend Prince Philip’s funeral via a private live stream, which can be viewed by other relatives of the royal family unable to attend the ceremony in Windsor. Due to health constraints linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, only 30 people were invited to Prince Philip’s funeral. Among them are Queen Elizabeth II, of course, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William and Kate Middleton, Prince Harry, Prince Andrew and the Princess Royal, Anne of England. Three members of Prince Philip’s German family were also invited.
Elizabeth II “understands”
According to People magazine, Elizabeth II would not have expressed animosity following Meghan Markle’s decision not to attend Prince Philip’s funeral. “Meghan offered her condolences. The Queen understands why she cannot travel at the moment,” a source told People’s columns. Pregnant with a little girl, the Duchess of Sussex is expected to start her maternity leave “within four weeks”, according to the Sunday Telegraph. The delivery would be scheduled for the month of June, and should take place at the home of the Sussex spouses, as Meghan Markle would like. “She has a beautiful house in California, it is a beautiful place to give birth to a baby girl,” a source revealed to Page Six recently.
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