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Why Meghan Markle Isn't Coming to Prince Philip's Funeral

Hilary Weaver
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When news broke yesterday that Prince Philip had died at the age of 99, one question flashed across royal fans' minds: Will Meghan and Harry attend? The couple lives in Montecito, Santa Barbara, California, and it's a 10-plus-hour plane ride from Los Angeles to London. Harry will attend the funeral, but Meghan will not, Buckingham Palace confirmed.

"The Duke of Sussex is planning to attend. The Duchess of Sussex has been advised by her physician not to travel. So the duke will be attending."

Royal reporter Omid Scobie also tweeted the confirmed news that Prince Harry will make the trip to attend his grandfather's funeral, but Meghan Markle will not be at his side. Meghan, who revealed her pregnancy earlier this year, is expecting to give birth to a baby girl this summer.

"Prince Harry will attend his grandfather's funeral on Saturday (following all U.S. and U.K. Covid-19 protocols in the process)," Scobie wrote. "A source adds that Meghan, who is heavily pregnant, made 'every effort' to travel but didn’t receive medical clearance from her physician."

Meghan and Harry's travel plans were in question mostly due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the fact that the U.K. is still on lockdown. Per the BBC, "stage two" will begin on Monday, April 12, when all shops are allowed to open, restaurants are allowed to serve outside, members of the same household can vacation in England, weddings allow a capacity of up to 15 people, and more restrictions will be lifted with caution.

Following the news, Meghan and Harry released a statement about Philip on the homepage of the website for their non-profit, Archewell:

"In loving memory of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh 1921-2021. Thank you for your service... You will be greatly missed."

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