Meghan Markle will not be among the small group of royal family members in attendance at Prince Philip’s funeral at St. George’s Chapel on April 17. The 39-year-old actress, who is currently pregnant with her second child with husband Prince Harry, 36, will remain at home in California.
The truth why isn’t Meghan Markle attending Prince Philip’s funeral, is because she is expecting her second child — a baby girl — this summer, and did not receive clearance from her doctor to fly overseas, let alone during a pandemic.
“I can confirm that the Duke of Sussex will be attending his grandfather’s funeral and will be following COVID-19 protocols for travel to and from the U.K. as well as during his time in the country,” Meghan and Harry’s rep told.
“The Duchess has made every effort to travel alongside the Duke, but unfortunately, she did not receive medical clearance from her physician.” The news comes a few days after the couple honored the Duke of Edinburgh, who died just one month before his 100th birthday on April 9, with a message on their official Archewell website.
“In loving memory of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh,” the tribute read. “Thank you for your service, you will be greatly missed.” Prince Harry’s trip to the U.K. will be his first since his groundbreaking interview with Oprah, and he will be reunited with his brother Prince William amid their reported feud.