Prince Harry has arrived back in the UK and is due to attend Prince Philip’s funeral on Saturday. Meghan, who is heavily pregnant, will remain in California following medical advice.
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Relations between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and other senior royals nosedived after Harry and Meghan were interviewed by Oprah Winfrey.
During the programme the Duchess revealed she’d suffered from loneliness, and experienced suicidal thoughts, since joining the Royal Family in 2018.
She also claimed “concerns and conversations” took place within the family about Archie’s skin tone prior to his birth.
The allegation caused a media sensation with William claiming the Royal Family is “very much not racist” during a school visit.
“Meghan wishes she could have flown to the UK”
Floral tributes to Prince Philip
Speaking to E! a source close to Meghan claimed the Duchess would have liked to have attended the funeral were it not for the pregnancy.
They said: “Meghan wishes she could have flown to the UK to support her husband but has been advised not to due to her pregnancy.
“She would have put all the family tension aside to be there with Harry.
“Harry wants to make sure Meghan and the baby are healthy and not involved in stressful situations.”
Prince Philip died aged 99
The source added the Sussexes “are still not on amazing terms with the family”.
Prince Philip’s funeral will take place at Windsor Castle’s St George’s Chapel.
Due to coronavirus restrictions only 30 mourners will be allowed to attend and they will have to wear masks.
The service will be televised with a national minute’s silence held at 3pm.
Prince Philip’s funeral will take place at Windsor Castle
Due to coronavirus the public are urged not to try and view Prince Philip’s funeral
The Duke of Edinburgh was the longest serving royal consort in British history.
Speaking to Us Weekly a source close to the Sussexes’ revealed Harry has kept in close contact with Meghan since arriving back in the UK.
They commented: “He’s already really missing Meghan and Archie and has been FaceTiming them every day to check in.
“He actually speaks to Meghan a few times a day because he worries [about] leaving her when she’s so far along in her pregnancy.”
Following the Sussexes’ Oprah appearance Buckingham Palace released a statement on behalf of the Queen expressing regret for the couple’s difficulties.
However it added “some recollections may vary” about events described by the couple.
On Tuesday the Queen returned to royal duties just days after her husband’s death.
She hosted an event to mark the departure of the household’s most senior figure, Lord Chamberlain William peel.
The world’s media setting up outside Windsor Castle
Service personnel from the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force have been rehearsing ahead of the funeral.
The coffin will be carried in a specially modified Land Rover, designed by Prince Philip himself.
Former MI5 chief Andrew Parker, who recently took over as Lord Chamberlain, will coordinate the occasion.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK