Meghan Markle will not be attending Prince Philip's upcoming funeral in England due to doctors advising her to stay home—but she has spoken to the Queen to express her sympathies. An Us Weekly (opens in new tab) source reiterated Buckingham Palace's update that the Duchess of Sussex was advised by her physician not to travel, saying, “Meghan will be staying in California. She can’t go on doctor’s orders. She is too far along to fly and it’s recommended she rest in the final months.”
The source also confirms, “Meghan and Harry have already spoken to the queen to express their sympathies." The couple also honored Philip through their Archewell website (opens in new tab), writing “In loving memory of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh 1921-2021. Thank you for your service...you will be greatly missed."
Harry arrived in England on Sunday (opens in new tab), and is expected to quarantine ahead of his grandfather's funeral. This is the first time he's seeing his family in over a year, and the first time they'll be together since the Sussexes' bombshell interview with Oprah.
While the palace confirmed that Prince Philip's funeral service will be "much reduced in scale with no public access," People (opens in new tab) reports that his coffin will be processed through Windsor Castle and that the funeral will be broadcast live at 3 p.m. U.K. time.
A palace spokesman said "While this is naturally a time of sadness and mourning for the royal family and the many others who knew and admired the Duke of Edinburgh, it is hoped that the coming days will also be seen as an opportunity to celebrate a remarkable life: Remarkable both in terms of his vast contribution and lasting legacy."
Mehera Bonner is a celebrity and entertainment news writer who enjoys Bravo and Antiques Roadshow with equal enthusiasm. She was previously entertainment editor at Marie Claire and has covered pop culture for over a decade.
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