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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s pals Omid Scobie and Gayle King to lead US coverage of Philip’s funeral on ABC and CBS

MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry's pals Omid Scobie and Gayle King will lead American coverage of Prince Philip's funeral.

King, the host of CBS This Morning, will anchor a special report on the network for US TV.

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Meanwhile Omid Scobie - a close friend of the Sussexes who co-wrote Finding Freedom, an explosive biography on Megxit - will be part of ABC's coverage of the ceremony.

Scobie will report live from Windsor for ABC during the duke's funeral.

He released Harry's personal tribute to Philip on his Twitter earlier this week.

Scobie claimed the duke's death will be the "first steps forward" in Harry and William repairing their cracked relationship.

The brothers haven't seen each other in other a year - with the latter recently claiming his older brother was "trapped" in the royal family in his chat with Oprah Winfrey.

Scobie said: "I think just simply being in the same room as each other is enough to count as those first steps forward.

"As the days continue the focus will remain on Philip and the Queen) but this will certainly at the least open the door to conversations later on."

King spoke out after the Sussexes' bombshell interview with Oprah where Meghan claimed an unnamed royal had raised “concerns” about the skin colour of her children, and alleged the Palace had denied her mental health support.  

The broadcaster backed Meghan and said the Royal Family “has to acknowledge” its issue with race.

She added: “Right now, no one has acknowledged, Houston we have a problem here.”

It comes as...

The Queen is “bearing up well” amid final preparations for Prince Philip’s funeral tomorrow. 

The monarch is said to be “in control” just 24 hours before the service at Windsor Castle - despite the rift between Prince William and Harry and a row over the Duke of York wearing a naval uniform. 

Prince Philip will make his final journey tomorrow in a Land Rover hearse he designed himself to St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.

The grieving Queen will pause to gaze on her husband's coffin as it is lowered to its final resting place — a poignant last goodbye to her husband of 73 years.

An insider said the monarch is “bearing up well” ahead of the service, adding: “Final preparations going on today and she is in control.”

Prince William and Harry will not stand shoulder-to-shoulder at the ceremony, it was revealed this week.

Buckingham Palace revealed yesterday the warring brothers would be separated by their cousin Peter Phillips at the request of the Queen.

Due to Covid social-distancing rules, this means they will end up four metres apart during the eight-minute procession on Saturday.

And they will be separated for a second time as they head into St George's Chapel for the service - with William walking ahead.

Jennie Bond claims the decision to separate the pair is a "sad, lost opportunity" for their relationship to be repaired.

In line with the Duke of Edinburgh's wishes, he will be laid to rest in a ceremonial - rather than state - funeral tomorrow afternoon.

Action Stations, sounded on naval warships to signal all hands must go to battle stations, will be played at the request of the Duke.

Buglers of the Royal Marines will perform the wartime alert, a tradition sometimes associated with naval funerals, in honour of Philip's active service in the Royal Navy during the Second World War.

And the Last Post will be played to signify "a soldier has gone to his final rest".

Royal commentator Omid Scobie says Harry's tribute to Prince Philip is quintessentially him

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