Friends of Meghan say she stayed behind because she ‘doesn’t want to be the center of attention’

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Meghan Markle stayed back in Montecito, California, while Prince Harry flew to London because she “didn’t want to be the center of attention” at Prince Philip’s funeral, her friends claim.

Despite the pregnant Duchess’s refusal to return to London with Harry to join his family in mourning for the late Duke of Edinburgh, friends say she and Prince Philip “ had a special bond and adored him. ”

In addition to not wanting to be in the spotlight, a Buckingham Palace spokesperson previously confirmed that Meghan has been ‘advised not to travel’ by her doctor due to her pregnancy.

Meghan said her main concern right now is supporting Harry. She said she left it up to him whether or not she would attend the funeral, ” an insider with close ties to Meghan Markle told DailyMail.com.

Meghan said it is in these times when family needs to come together, put aside their differences and unite as one. She said this is what Prince Philip would want and she is willing to forgive and move on, ”they said.

Prince Harry flew to London without a pregnant wife Meghan Markle to attend his grandfather's funeral.  Meghan's friends tell DailyMail.com she stayed in Montecito, California because she 'doesn't want to be the center of attention'

Prince Harry flew to London without a pregnant wife Meghan Markle to attend his grandfather’s funeral. Meghan’s friends tell DailyMail.com she stayed in Montecito, California because she ‘doesn’t want to be the center of attention’

Meghan, who is about six months pregnant, instead stayed with Archie in the couple's lavish home in Montecito

Meghan, who is about six months pregnant, instead stayed with Archie in the couple's lavish home in Montecito

Meghan, who is about six months pregnant, instead stayed with Archie in the couple’s lavish home in Montecito

While it’s possible Meghan could fly to the UK to join Harry before Saturday’s funeral, the insider added that her mother Doria is ‘adamant’ that she won’t travel while pregnant.

Doria insisted Meghan stay behind and support Harry from afar. Like Harry, Doria is very protective of Meghan and doesn’t want her to endanger her own health. Stress is the last thing Meghan needs right now. ‘

While it's possible Meghan could fly to the UK to join Harry later, the insider added that her mother Doria is 'adamant' that she doesn't travel while pregnant.

While it's possible Meghan could fly to the UK to join Harry later, the insider added that her mother Doria is 'adamant' that she doesn't travel while pregnant.

While it’s possible Meghan could fly to the UK to join Harry later, the insider added that her mother Doria is ‘adamant’ that she doesn’t travel while pregnant.

The Susssexes are expecting their second child this summer – a girl.

Meghan said whether or not attending Prince Philip’s funeral won’t change her relationship with the Queen. She said the Queen understands her absence and would like her to stay safe and healthy for the baby, ”the friend said.

Meghan said now is the right time for Henry to mend his relationship with his brother and his father. She doesn’t have to be there for that. ‘

Prince Harry flew to London Heathrow Airport this weekend without his wife on his first visit to Britain since leaving royal duties.

Harry’s return to the UK ahead of Saturday’s funeral is his first since March 2020 when he moved to Canada, and it will be the first opportunity to reunite with Prince William and his father Prince Charles, who is said to be ‘ looking ‘forward to a reunion. with his son. It came as:

He is quarantined at the Christopher Wren-designed Nottingham Cottage, where Harry proposed to Meghan in 2017. It is only a few meters from the apartment where his brother William lives with his family.

Harry can leave the quarantine after five days instead of 10 days if he provides a negative coronavirus test under the Government’s Test to Release schedule. In any case, he will be allowed to attend Philips’s funeral, as official guidelines state that those coming from abroad can leave the isolation ‘on compassionate grounds’.

Despite the pregnant Duchess skipping ceremonies for the late Duke of Edinburgh, friends say she and Prince Philip `` had a special bond and that she adored him. ''  The royals will be presented to Archie in 2019

Despite the pregnant Duchess skipping ceremonies for the late Duke of Edinburgh, friends say she and Prince Philip `` had a special bond and that she adored him. ''  The royals will be presented to Archie in 2019

Despite the pregnant Duchess skipping ceremonies for the late Duke of Edinburgh, friends say she and Prince Philip “ had a special bond and that she adored him. ” The royals will be presented to Archie in 2019

Prince Harry's tribute to his grandfather Prince Philip, whom he called a 'legend of banter'

Prince Harry's tribute to his grandfather Prince Philip, whom he called a 'legend of banter'

Prince Harry’s tribute to his grandfather Prince Philip, whom he called a ‘legend of banter’

Harry paid a light tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh on Monday after his death at the age of 99, declaring, “He was my grandfather: master of the barbecue, legend of banter, and brutal to the end.”

Harry said, ‘He is a rock to Her Majesty the Queen with unparalleled devotion, by her side for 73 years of marriage, and as I could go on, I know he would say to all of us now, beer in hand, “Oh, just do it!”.

In a statement from his Archewell foundation, Harry said: “My grandfather was a man of service, honor and great humor. He was authentically himself, with a seriously sharp wit, and could hold the attention of any room because of his charm – and also because you never knew what he would say next.

He will be remembered as the longest reigning consort of the monarch, a decorated soldier, a prince and a duke. But to me, like many of you who have lost a loved one or grandparent through the pain of the past year, he was my grandfather: master of the barbecue, legend of chatter and brutal to the end.

Prince Harry and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh attend the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on 31 October 2015 in London.  Harry is back in London ahead of his grandfather's funeral this Saturday

Prince Harry and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh attend the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on 31 October 2015 in London.  Harry is back in London ahead of his grandfather's funeral this Saturday

Prince Harry and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh attend the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on 31 October 2015 in London. Harry is back in London ahead of his grandfather’s funeral this Saturday

So for that matter, Grandpa, thank you for your service, your dedication to Grandma and 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 have a special place for you in our hearts.

He ended with the Latin words “Per Mare, Per Terram.” – ‘By Sea, By Land’ – the motto of the Royal Marines.

Sources close to the couple earlier said Meghan wanted to join Harry, but her doctor advised against traveling because she is about six months pregnant.

The Royal Family has ordered a truce on the contents of the bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey to focus on honoring and mourning Philip.