Queen Elizabeth "Understands" Why Meghan Markle Is Missing Prince Philip's Funeral

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In preparation for Prince Philip's funeral this Saturday, Prince Harry recently flew back to the United Kingdom. Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, made efforts to attend alongside her husband, but her doctors did not clear her for travel, as the Duchess is in the third trimester of her pregnancy.

Though Meghan cannot attend in person, a source told People that both she and Harry were "in contact" with Queen Elizabeth after the Duke of Edinburgh's death.

"It was always a given that Harry would return to England for his grandfather's passing," the California-based source said. "Meghan expressed condolences. The Queen understands why she can't travel at the moment."

The Duchess will remain in Montecito, California with her son, Archie, who turns two this May. Prince Harry arrived in the United Kingdom on April 12. He is now staying at his and Meghan's home, Frogmore Cottage, where he is following all COVID-19 safety protocols.

Photo credit: Phil Walter - Getty Images
Photo credit: Phil Walter - Getty Images

After Prince Harry's arrival in the UK, he released a personal statement, paying tribute to his grandfather. He reflected on Prince Philip's meaning to both the nation and his own family, including Meghan, Archie, and their soon-to-arrive daughter.

"You will be sorely missed, but always remembered—by 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 Prince said.

The Duke of Edinburgh's funeral will take place this Saturday, April 17 at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. The event will be much smaller than standard royal funerals, as coronavirus pandemic restrictions limit attendance to just 30 guests. The service will be closed to the public, but broadcast live starting at at 3 p.m. UK time (10 a.m. ET).

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