After the royal family announced Prince Philip’s death on April 9, 2021, Prince Harry traveled to the U.K. but was not joined by his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. The former Suits star is pregnant and was reportedly not cleared by doctors to fly. However, Meghan did send a personalized tribute to be laid out at the Duke of Edinburgh‘s funeral but one royal commentator was quick to criticize the move. Read on to find out why.
Meghan Markle bonded with Prince Philip
After Harry and Meghan stepped down from royal duties Prince Philip was reportedly upset with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s decision. But prior to Megxit, Philip and his granddaughter-in-law were thought to have bonded.
A source previously told the Express that Meghan had lengthy conversations with Philip about his background and ancestry.
“The Duke of Edinburgh really got on with her,” the source said. “The reason he liked her was because she was very bold. Meghan asked a lot of questions about Philip’s side of the family and his connection to Greece.”
The duchess sent a personalized message and wreath
While Meghan was not in attendance for Prince Philip’s funeral she is said to have watched the service from home in California. And since she could not be there in person, the duchess sent a personalized note to the family expressing her condolences as well as a wreath.
According to Us Weekly, the wreath was designed by British florist Willow Crossley. The arrangement had Eryngium representing the Royal Marines and Acanthus mollis the national flower of Greece where Philip was born. Also included in the arrangement were Campanula, Rosemary, lavender, and the birth flower of June which are roses for the month Prince Philip was born.
After the details of the wreath and note broke, Express noted that Meghan was accused of leaking the information for positive publicity. Commentator Daniela Elsa wrote in the News.com.au: “What is bewildering here is why and how, on a day which should have been resolved solely focusing on celebrating the duke, that still something Sussex-related has managed to end up in the headlines.”
Elsa added that Buckingham Palace did not release any particulars about the wreaths laid out at the chapel and opined, “The appearance here is that even at this moment of mourning someone Sussex-adjacent has seen the wreath and Meghan’s note as an opportunity to drum up some good PR, hardly edifying stuff.”
Meghan’s fans were quick to defend her saying that some would find a way to attack the duchess no matter what she did.
Prince Harry posted a tribute to Philip on the Sussexes’ website
A few days before Prince Philip was laid to rest Prince Harry took to his Archewell Foundation website with a touching tribute to his grandfather.
“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,” 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.”
The Duke of Sussex continued: “He has been a rock for Her Majesty the Queen with unparalleled devotion, by her side for 73 years of marriage, and while I could go on, I know that right now he would say to all of us, beer in hand, ‘Oh do get on with it!’ So, on that note, Grandpa, thank you for your service, your dedication to Granny, and for always being yourself. You will be sorely missed, but always remembered — by the nation and the world. Meghan, Archie, and I (as well as your future great-granddaughter) will always hold a special place for you in our hearts.”
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