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Nigel Farage slams Prince Harry and Meghan Markle for showing 'contempt' for Prince Philip

Nigel Farage has launched a scathing attack on Prince Harry and Meghan following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.

The former party leader claimed the couple's 'contempt' for Prince Philip and the monarchy will mean the 'British public will not welcome them back', even for his funeral.

Buckingham Palace confirmed on Friday that Philip, who had recently returned from hospital, had died at Windsor Castle, the Queen reportedly at his side.

As the monarch's children were seen rushing to the royal residence to comfort their mother, news outlets reported that Harry would fly to the UK for the funeral, set to be held on Saturday.

Heavily pregnant Meghan, who is due to give birth to the couple's daughter this summer, will stay home in California on her doctor's advice.

Nigel Farage has launched a scathing attack on Prince Harry and Meghan following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh

The former party leader claimed the couple's 'contempt' for Prince Philip and the monarchy will mean the 'British public will not welcome them back', even for his funeral

The couple also made a short tribute to Harry's grandfather on their Archewell organisation website.

'In loving memory of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, 1921-2021,' the message reads.

'Thank you for your service... you will be greatly missed.'

But in a terse statement, Mr Farage slammed the couple's response to the Duke's death, saying: 'For a couple that do public emotion as a career, this third person and one sentence statement shows their contempt for this great man and the monarchy,' Farage tweeted Friday.

Buckingham Palace confirmed that Harry would fly to the UK for the funeral, set to be held on Saturday, while heavily pregnant Meghan, who is due to give birth to the couple's daughter this summer, will stay home in California on her doctor's advice.

Mr Farage slammed the couple's short tribute to Prince Philip (pictured) as a 'third person and one sentence statement'

'The British public will not welcome Harry and Meghan back, even for the funeral,' he added.

Shortly after the announcement of Philip's death, Mr Farage made an appearance on Fox News in which he paid tribute.

When asked for his thoughts on Harry and Meghan however, he did not hold back, launching an attack on their decision to air their interview with Oprah Winfrey. 

He claimed that the couple’s decision to go ahead with the broadcast while Prince Philip was in hospital will see their standing with people drop 'very, very fast'.

Mr Farage claimed that it was known that Philip 'only had a few weeks to live' following his hospital stay, 'and yet despite that, despite the fact the Queen must have been in a state of deep distress, they proceeded to do an interview at which they attacked, effectively, the older members of the royal family,' he added.

Harry's return to the UK ahead of Saturday's funeral will be his first visit since March 2020 when he moved to Canada, and will be the first opportunity to reunite with brother William. Pictured: Prince Harry and Meghan attend the Commonwealth Day Service 2020

'Given that today is the day that Philip has died, I won’t use the words about Meghan and Harry that I would like to, but I think it was deeply disrespectful.'

In their bombshell interview with Oprah, Meghan made several claims against the Royal Family including that one family member raised concern over Archie's skin colour before he was born.

Harry later told Oprah that the person was neither Philip or the Queen.

Harry was last pictured with Philip on May 8, 2019, when they were seen posing for a photograph with baby Archie at Buckingham Palace. 

His return to the UK ahead of Saturday's funeral will be his first since March 2020 when he moved to Canada, and will be the first opportunity to reunite with brother William.

The pair would almost certainly have met anyway on July 1 for the unveiling of a statue of Diana in London, but there was always a question mark over that reunion because of Meghan’s imminent due date, which has not been publicly confirmed. 

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