Meghan Markle to stay away from Prince Philip’s funeral as she ‘doesn’t want to be centre of attention’

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Meghan Markle is said to have stayed in California while her husband Prince Harry flew to the UK for Prince Philip’s funeral because she “doesn’t want to be the centre of attention”.

The 39 year old Duchess of Sussex is said to have explained to friends her reasons for not returning to London with Prince Harry, 36, as he joins his family to mourn the loss of the Duke of Edinburgh, who died aged 99 last week.

Meghan, who is currently pregnant with her second child, is said to have had a “special bond” with the late Queen’s husband and “adored him”.

But, she has taken the decision to stay away from his funeral, which will take place on Saturday 17 April.

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A source told the Daily Mail: “Meghan said her main concern right now is supporting Harry. She said she left it up to him as to whether or not she would attend the funeral.

“Meghan said it's during these times when family should come together, put their differences aside and unite as one. She said this is what Prince Philip would want and that she's willing to forgive and move forward.”

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It was announced by Buckingham Palace that Meghan, who Piers Morgan took a fresh swipe at recently, would not be attending the funeral after advice from physicians, according to Mirror Online.

But, it has now been claimed by Meghan’s friend that her mother Doria Ragland also urged her to stay in the US.

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The friend explained: “Doria insisted that Meghan stay behind and support Harry from afar. Like Harry, Doria is very protective of Meghan and doesn't want to see her putting her own health at risk. Stress is the last thing Meghan needs right now”.

Meanwhile, it was also reported that Meghan knows the decision won’t affect her relationship with the Queen and hopes Prince Harry will be able to patch things up with his family.

They said: “Meghan said attending or not attending Prince Philip's funeral isn't going to change her relationship with the Queen. She said the Queen understands her absence and would want her to stay safe and healthy for the baby.

“Meghan said this is the opportune time for Harry to mend his relationship with his brother and his dad. She doesn't need to be there for that.”

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It comes after Prince Harry shared a tribute to his late grandfather Prince Philip after he and Meghan were slammed for their “appalling” first tribute.

Prince Harry described the Duke of Edinburgh as “a man of service, honour and great humour” and the “legend of banter”.

He added: “He was authentically himself, with a seriously sharp wit, and could hold the attention of any room due to his charm – and also because you never knew what he might say next.

“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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