Queen Said 'Thank Goodness Meghan Is Not Coming' On Day Of Prince Philip's Funeral, Book Claims
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In Revenge: Meghan, Harry and the War Between the Windsors, author Tom Bower claims the Queen was relieved that Meghan couldn't make it to the service.
In the book, Bower writes: "On 9th April, 2021, Prince Philip had died. His funeral was set for 17th April. Harry arrived in London just before the service.
"The mood was sombre. Daily, the media extolled Philip's remarkable life and devotion to the country. The Duke had planned a simple funeral at St George's Chapel, Windsor.
"The rehearsals displayed faultless military drill. Few would not be touched by the perfection of British ceremonial tradition.
"The weather was forecast to be perfect. The only uncertainty was the relationship between Harry and his family. How would he cope with his father and brother?
"Meghan had cited her seven months' pregnancy as the reason for not travelling.
"In Windsor Castle the Queen was preparing to face the public on one of the saddest days of her life. Philip had been her rock for the previous 70 years.
"To comply with Covid restrictions she would grieve alone inside the chapel. 'Thank goodness Meghan is not coming,' the monarch said."
LADbible has reached out to the palace for comment.
Philip's funeral took place around a month after Meghan and Harry's infamous interview with Oprah Winfrey.
During their sit-down with the veteran TV host, Prince Harry and Meghan opened up about life as working members of the British Royal family and the heartache they have endured since they met.
Meghan explained at one point that she was suicidal because of the negative press and heavy scrutiny she was receiving from the UK press.
"I just didn't want to be alive any more. And that was a very clear and real and frightening constant thought. And I remember how he [Harry] just cradled me," Meghan told Oprah in the interview.
The Duchess of Sussex also revealed a senior Royal spoke to Prince Harry about their concerns and worries about baby Archie and her disappointment he wasn't given a Royal title.
Oprah asked: "Do you think it's because of his race?"
Meghan replied: "In those months when I was pregnant, all around the same time we have in tandem the conversation of he won't be given security, he won't be given a title, and also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he was born."
Following the interview, a statement was released by Buckingham Palace, expressing sadness and concern for the allegations that were raised during the two-hour tell-all.
"The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan," the statement read.
"The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning.
"While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.
"Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members."