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Meghan Markle latest news – Queen ‘understands’ why pregnant Duchess can’t travel with Harry for Prince Philip’s funeral

THE Queen reportedly “understands” why pregnant Meghan Markle hasn’t flown to the UK with her husband Prince Harry to attend Prince Philip’s funeral.

Meghan, 39, stayed behind in the £11 million California mansion she shares with Harry, 36, and their son Archie.

A source told People that both Meghan and Harry “were in contact with the Queen” soon after Philip’s death.

The source said: “It was always a given that Harry would return to England for his grandfather’s passing.

“Meghan expressed condolences. The Queen understands why she can’t travel at the moment.”

Her understanding comes despite Meghan reportedly saying she had "decided to forgive" the Royal Family after Prince Philip's death and "wants to put their differences aside".

A pal told the MailOnline: "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."

It comes as Piers Morgan said self-pitying members of the Royal Family should stop whinging and follow Prince Philip's example.

Without naming any names, the former GMB presenter urged younger royals to "park the ego, don't whine, work hard, shun Oprah and remember you owe your fame to the job and public support".

The Duke of Sussex is due to attend his grandfather’s funeral on Saturday, while his pregnant wife Meghan stays in California on doctors orders.

It will be the first time Prince Harry comes face to face with other members of his family following the bombshell tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired last month.

Read our live blog below for the very latest updates on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry...

  • NOW OR NEVER FOR ROYAL BROS

    Prince Philip’s death will mark the “first step forward” for Princes Harry and William in their strained relationship, Harry’s biographer has claimed.

    Royal commentator Omid Scobie said the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral could help the brothers unite, as “simply being in the same room” will help them talk.

    Speaking on Good Morning Britain, Scobie said the Royal Family is “putting differences aside” as it rallies around the Queen in the wake of Philip’s death.

    “If there’s anything beautiful about this week, it is seeing a family unified in a way we haven’t seen in so many years,” he said.

  • QUEEN UNDERSTANDS WHY MEGHAN STAYED AWAY FROM PRINCE PHILIP’S FUNERAL...MORE

    A friend reportedly said: "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."

    Harry paid tribute to his "witty" grandfather Philip - remembering the Duke as the "master of the barbecue and legend of banter".

    Harry said Philip was "cheeky 'til the end" and "authentically himself" throughout his more than 70 years of service to the nation.

  • QUEEN UNDERSTANDS WHY MEGHAN STAYED AWAY FROM PRINCE PHILIP'S FUNERAL

    The Queen reportedly "understands" why pregnant Meghan Markle hasn't flown to the UK with her husband Prince Harry to attend Prince Philip's funeral.

    Meghan, 39, stayed behind in the £11 million California mansion she shares with Harry, 36, and their son Archie.

    A source told People that both Meghan and Harry "were in contact with the Queen" soon after Philip's death.

    The source said: "It was always a given that Harry would return to England for his grandfather's passing.

    "Meghan expressed condolences. The Queen understands why she can't travel at the moment."

  • THE PRINCE & THE PAUPER – ROYAL NAMED IN ‘DAYDREAMER’S’ LAWSUIT...MORE

    The petition filed by the woman from Chandigarh is against "Prince Harry Middleton" and others.

    It states: "Prayer in this petition filed by the petitioner, who is an advocate is appearing in person, is to take legal action against Prince Harry Middleton son of Prince Charles Middleton resident of the United Kingdom.

    “And to direct the United Kingdom Police Cell to take action against him, as, despite a promise to marry the petitioner, the said promise has not been fulfilled."

    According to reports, when questioned by the judge Mr Justice Arvind Singh Sangwan, she admitted that she had never been to the UK or met the Duke of Sussex in person. All of their supposed contact was reportedly over email and social media.

    She added that she had taken the reluctant step of demanding court action after also writing to Harry’s father, Prince Charles. The court rejected the application saying it was not proven that she had been speaking to Prince Harry.

  • THE PRINCE & THE PAUPER - ROYAL NAMED IN 'DAYDREAMER'S' LAWSUIT

    A furious woman from India wants Prince Harry ARRESTED - after a conman pretending to be the royal proposed to her.

    The woman, identified as Palwinder Kaur, claimed a relationship blossomed online with a man claiming to be the Duke who then asked to wed her.

    Ms Kaur, who appears to have been tricked into believing she was really talking to the actual royal, has a filed a lawsuit calling for the real Prince Harry to carry out his promise of marriage "without further delay".

    She also requested that Indian authorities issue an international arrest warrant so that the UK police could apprehend the Duke of Sussex for reneging on his "promise" to marry her.

    Fortunately for the sixth-in-line to the throne, the Punjab and Haryana high court has dismissed the filings - branding them a "daydreamer’s fantasy" - meaning he can remain happily married to Meghan Markle.

  • PIERS MORGAN CLAIMS DUCHESS OF YORK SUPPORT

    Piers Morgan has claimed the Duchess of York backed him after he walked away from Good Morning Britain over Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Oprah interview.

    The TV firebrand says Sarah Ferguson told him to "get back out there" in a text - just a month after he point-blank refused to apologise to the Duchess of Sussex.

    He claimed in his Mail on Sunday column that he received an encouraging message from the Duchess of York in the weeks after he stormed off set.

    He wrote: “Not all Royal duchesses were as thrilled as Meghan 'Pinocchio' Markle to see me leave GMB.

    "'People have said how much they miss your morning joy and humour,' texted Sarah, Duchess of York, 'get back out there!’ Perhaps we should start a new breakfast show together… ‘Morgy and Fergie in the Morning’, anyone?"

  • PIERS MORGAN - 'PARK THE EGO' ADVICE

    Piers Morgan said self-pitying members of the Royal Family should stop whinging and follow Prince Philip's example.

    Without naming any names, the former GMB presenter urged younger royals to "park the ego, don't whine, work hard, shun Oprah and remember you owe your fame to the job and public support".

    Citing Prince Philip's 10-point guide to royal duty, Piers compared the Duke to the Queen Mother, his mother-in-law, as somebody who held passionate views in private but never demanded to speak "their truth" in public.

  • PRINCE HARRY TO ATTEND FUNERAL ON COMPASSIONATE GROUNDS

    Anyone coming from outside England is required to self-isolate from arrival and for the first full 10 days after they arrive.

    But Prince Harry will be allowed to leave his place of self-isolation on compassionate grounds so he can attend this Saturday's funeral.

    He was initially thought to have been self-isolating at Nottingham Cottage in the grounds of Kensington Palace, London.

  • WHERE IS PRINCE HARRY STAYING IN THE UK?

    The Duke of Sussex is currently staying at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor.

    Prince Harry, 36, was seen getting off a British Airways flight from Los Angeles that arrived at Heathrow at 1.15pm on Monday, April 12.

    He was put into a black Range Rover and whisked away.

    Sources had earlier confirmed he was due back imminently to quarantine in time for the Duke of Edinburgh’s farewell at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, on Saturday, April 17.

    Harry is expected to self-isolate for five days to comply with Covid quarantine rules. It is the first time he has returned to these shores since he and his wife Meghan Markle left for a new life in the US.

  • HARRY PAYS TRIBUTE TO 'SHARP-WITTED GRANDFATHER'

    Both Princes William and Harry paid tribute to their beloved Philip yesterday.

    Harry said he will remember the Duke as the "master of the barbecue and legend of banter".

    "My grandfather was a man of service, honour and great humour," he said.

    "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."

  • PRINCE HARRY HASN'T SEEN BRO FACE-TO-FACE IN MONTHS

    Prince Harry hasn't seen his family face-to-face since he moved to the US with Meghan Markle and the couple's son Archie in March last year.

    He and Meghan's interview with Oprah aired on March 8 this year.

    During the chat, the couple made a series of shocking allegations - most damaging of all - that an unnamed member of the Royal Family had made a racist comment about the colour of son Archie's skin.

    The Duchess also claimed she was prevented from seeking mental health support when she was in crisis.

    It's understood the Royal Family were left deeply upset by the allegations - while the late Duke of Edinburgh reportedly said it was "madness" and warned "no good would come of it".

  • BRO-DOWN - HARRY & WILLIAM UNLIKELY TO MEET BEFORE FUNERAL

    Princes Harry and William are unlikely to meet ahead of their grandfather's funeral on Saturday - meaning they'll come face-to-face for the first time in a year shortly before the service.

    The Duke of Sussex is in strict quarantine at his Windsor home, Frogmore Cottage, after dashing back from LA in the hours after Prince Philip's death.

    He must remain at the property for five full days of isolation, and provide a negative Covid test.

    Meanwhile, William and Kate are with their children at their home in Norfolk for the Easter break.

    It means the likelihood that the pair will have a chance to meet before the funeral is remote.

  • MEGHAN MARKLE TO GIVE BIRTH AT HOME...CONTINUED

    “Meghan’s plan was to have a home birth with Archie, but you know what they say about the best-laid plans,” a source said.

    “In the end, her doctors advised her to go to hospital and all she was interested in was about delivering Archie safely.

    “But she has a beautiful home in California.

    "It’s a beautiful setting to give birth to her baby girl.”

    And this time around, the couple don't have to adhere to royal protocol as a result of Megxit.

  • MEGHAN MARKLE TO GIVE BIRTH AT HOME

    Meghan Markle is understood to want to deliver her second baby at home.

    She initially wanted to give birth to Archie at Frogmore Cottage in the UK, while attended by an all-female midwife team.

    But her dreams of a home birth were dashed as she was forced to go to London's private Portland Hospital to deliver her son, who weighed 7lb 3oz when he arrived on May 6 2019.

    Now it's understood she's determined to give birth to her daughter without the need to go to hospital.

  • HARRY AND MEGHAN'S 2ND BABY 'DUE IN JUNE'

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's baby girl is due in June - and the Duchess will go on maternity leave in weeks, it has been reported.

    With the royal couple's second child's birth looming, Meghan was unable to join her husband for Prince Philip's funeral after she was advised not to travel.

    During their bombshell chat with Oprah last month, they revealed they're having a girl.

    In keeping with royal tradition, they didn't share their due date.

    However, it's now believed their second baby will be born in June, the Telegraph reports.

  • PRINCE HARRY AT FROGMORE COTTAGE BEFORE FUNERAL

    Prince Harry dashed back from LA in the hours after Prince Philip's death.

    He and William issued separate tributes to their grandfather yesterday afternoon.

    But it's unlikely the brothers will have a chance to meet before Saturday's funeral, as Harry is under strict quarantine at Frogmore Cottage, while William is with Kate and their three children in Norfolk.

    And Harry hasn't seen his family face-to-face since he moved to the US with Meghan Markle and the couple's son Archie in March last year.

    Meghan and Harry's bombshell interview with Oprah aired just over a month ago.

  • MEGHAN MARKLE HASN'T CONFIRMED 'FORGIVE ROYALS' COMMENT

    She has not said anything publicly about her absence from Prince Philip's funeral.

    The Duchess of Sussex, who is expecting her second child this summer, was, however, advised not to travel to England for the service this weekend due to her pregnancy, a senior Palace official and Buckingham Palace spokesman confirmed.

  • TIME FOR MEGHAN TO 'TAKE A BACK SEAT' - AUTHOR

    Angela Levin told the Sun Online: "I think it’s astonishing that somebody who has been a member of the Royal Family for a very short time has the audacity to think she is going to be the centre of attention at a funeral of the most extraordinary man of 99 who was the husband of the queen for over 70 years.

    "I think you should instinctively take a back seat and if you feel that you will be [attracting attention] you don’t say anything about it.

    "You come and you’re very quiet, you sit in the back and wear black as you are told. If you don’t want to be centre of attention then be quiet."

  • MEGHAN WILL 'FORGIVE ROYALS AND MOVE FORWARD'

    A friend of Meghan's reportedly told the MailOnline she did not return to the UK with Harry for his grandfather's funeral because she "didn't want to be the centre of attention".

    They said: "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."

    The pal added: "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."

  • DUCHESS 'BEING PATRONISING – ROYAL EXPERT... CONTINUED

    Royal expert Angela Levin, author of Harry: Conversations with the Prince, wrote on Twitter: "If Meghan didn't want to be 'centre of attention at the funeral', told 'friends' she 'adored Prince Philip' and that she was ready to 'forgive the Royal Family,' she should be quiet.

  • MEGA-DRAMA: DUCHESS SHOULD 'BE QUIET' - ROYAL EXPERT

    Meghan Markle "should be quiet" if she doesn't want to be the centre of attention at Prince Philip's funeral, a royal expert has said.

    Angela Levin made the fiery jibe after the Duchess of Sussex's pals reportedly claimed she stayed in the US to avoid stealing any limelight from Philip.

    A friend of Meghan's reportedly told the MailOnline she did not return to the UK with Harry because she "didn't want to be the centre of attention".

    But Levin said it would be audacious of Meghan to assume she could steal the Duke of Edinburgh's limelight and the Duchess should instinctively take a back seat ahead of his funeral.

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