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Meghan Markle watches Prince Philip’s funeral on live-stream from US with Archie after doctors said she couldn’t attend

MEGHAN Markle watched Prince Philip's funeral on a live stream from the US after being unable to attend.

The heavily pregnant Duchess of Sussex, 39, stayed in the US on doctor's advice while Prince Harry made the 5,400-mile trip ahead of today's event.

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Buckingham Palace confirmed those who were unable to attend would make "private arrangements" to mark Philip's life.

A source close to the Sussexes confirmed to The Times that Meghan watched the service through a special live stream with Archie from the couple’s home in California.

She also left a handwritten note remembering the Duke of Edinburgh.

It was left alongside a wreath she and Harry offered as a tribute, with the couple hand-selecting flowers in Prince Philip's honour.

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Mourners who would have attended if Covid regulations limiting funeral numbers weren't in place were given special log-in details.

The online coverage had the same footage as BBC, ITV and other broadcasters, but without live commentary and punditry. 

While in the States, Meghan and Harry's pals Omid Scobie and Gayle King led coverage.

Philip's funeral was different to any other royal's after Covid made the family strip back all tradition.

Just 30 guests attended and the Queen did not take part in the procession from Windsor Castle.

All those entering the chapel wore a face mask and all members of the Royal Family sat two metres apart.

Harry self-isolated at his former marital home Frogmore Cottage after flying back to the UK on Sunday.

Meghan, 39, made “every effort” to travel but didn’t receive medical clearance from her physician, a Senior Palace Official and Buckingham Palace spokesman said.

Since returning, Harry reportedly made contact with Charles, William, Beatrice and Eugenie.

The royal was said to have wanted to "park any disputes" before the funeral for Philip, who passed away last Friday aged 99.

Today was the first time Harry came face-to-face with his family since quitting as a senior royal last year - and since his explosive chat with Oprah Winfrey.

In a show of solidarity, several members of the royal family shared touching photos and tributes in memory of Philip this week.

Kate Middleton and Prince William released a snap of Philip and the Queen with seven of their great-grandchildren.

Harry also released a poignant message remembering his grandad as "master of the barbecue and legend of banter".

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

And he thanked the dedicated royal for being a "rock" to his grandmother the Queen.

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