Meghan Markle and Harry’s wreath note details ‘unusual’ – ‘Drawing attention back to them’


THE publication of details on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wreath displayed during Prince Philip’s funeral has been described as “unusual” by a royal historian.

However, unlike with other royals’ floral tribute, a few publications were given an explanation of the meaningful reason behind the choice of each flower included in the stunning wreath sent by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

These publications did not state whether these details had been provided by the Sussexes’ press office.

Nevertheless, the publication of these details risked drawing the spotlight away from Prince Philip on the day of his funeral, according to royal historian Marlene Koenig.

She told Page Six: “The Royal Family doesn’t usually say, ‘Well, this [wreath’s] from Charles, this one’s from Andrew, this one’s from Beatrice.

“I think it was a little bit drawing attention back to them rather than just not saying anything at all…

“The original statement that her doctor advised her not to go, I think, was the best way to go.”

Ms Koenig added only one wreath “of interest” was the one from the Queen.

She added: “Tucked inside was a personal note from her.”

Meghan and Prince Harry had their wreath for Prince Philip designed by Willow Crossley.

The couple clearly appreciates the work of Ms Crossley, who also provided flower arrangements for their wedding reception, the christening of Archie and the launch event for the Hubb Community Kitchen cookbook Together.

Every element of the wreath requested by Meghan and Harry included a tribute to Prince Philip’s life and service.

The couple wanted bear’s breeches to be included as they are the national flower of Greece, where the Duke was born.

They also asked for sea holly to represent his service and lifelong commitments to the Royal Navy.

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The Queen’s wreath for Prince Philip was placed on his coffin (Image: GETTY)

The flower arrangement also presented campanula, which represents gratitude and everlasting love, rosemary to signify remembrance and lavender for devotion.

June, the Duke’s birth month, was portrayed through roses.

Meghan made sure to be present at the service by attaching a handwritten note to the wreath.

The Duchess of Sussex didn’t receive the go-ahead to travel across the pond by her doctor.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry now live in California (Image: EXPRESS)

Meghan, who is expecting her second child, is understood to have watched the funeral service from California with her firstborn Archie.

On the other hand, Prince Harry arrived in the UK two days after the death of his grandfather and remained in quarantine for the following week in accordance with Government guidelines on coronavirus.

On Saturday, the Duke of Sussex attended the funeral alongside 29 other guests – but had to sit alone inside the chapel due to COVID-rules.

In the wake of Prince Philip’s death, Meghan and Harry paid the Duke a touching tribute on the website of their organisation Archewell.

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Prince Harry during the funeral procession (Image: GETTY)

The website currently presents the title “In loving memory – His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh – 1921-2021” over a picture of smiling Harry and Philip taken during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final match.

It also includes an emotional statement by the Duke of Sussex, in which he remembered Prince Philip as a man devoted to service and the Queen as well as a loving grandfather.

Harry said: “He will be remembered as the longest-reigning consort to the Monarch, a decorated serviceman, a Prince and a Duke.

“But to me, like many of you who have lost a loved one or grandparent over the pain of this past year, he was my grandpa: master of the barbecue, legend of banter, and cheeky right ‘til the end.”


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