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Queen told ‘thank God’ Meghan missed Philip’s funeral, book claims

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Queen Elizabeth II was relieved that Meghan Markle missed Prince Philip’s funeral, a palace insider has claimed.


Tom Bower’s long-awaited book Revenge: Meghan, Harry and the War Between the Windsors says the monarch told her loyal aides, “Thank God Meghan’s not coming.”


The bio also said Harry was nervous during the service because only he knew of “his doom” of the royals in an upcoming Apple TV documentary, which was just weeks away at the time.


This was announced by a source close to the queen It is “unlikely” that the monarch would have focused on anything other than Prince Philip in the run-up to the April 17, 2021 funeral. Buckingham Palace declined to comment.


“At Windsor Castle, the Queen prepared to face the public on one of the saddest days of her life,” an excerpt published in British Broadsheet The times read. “Philip had been her rock for the last 70 years. To comply with Covid restrictions, she mourned alone in the chapel.


“‘Thank God Meghan isn’t coming,’ the monarch said in a clear voice to her trusted aides.


“Harry’s presence remained a problem. As a private citizen stripped of his military titles, he could not dress in uniform. To minimize embarrassment for both Harry and Andrew, who have been mired in allegations of sexual smut, all male members of the royal family dressed in morning suits.”


Prince Andrew has dismissed all claims against him.


The funeral was Harry’s first return to the UK since stepping down from royal duties in 2020, but the Duchess stayed home as she was seven months pregnant with her second child, Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor.


However, Meghan wrote a card for the wreath that Prince Harry laid during the scaled-down coronavirus compliant ceremony at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.


The funeral came a month after Meghan and Harry’s interview with Oprah Winfrey in March 2021, in which the Duchess said an unnamed royal had raised concerns about how dark her unborn child’s skin could be.


It also accused the institution of indifference to Meghan’s suicidal thoughts at a time when she was under pressure from negative media coverage.


However, another Harry interview was only a few weeks away.


The Duke recorded another series of interviews with Oprah’s production company, Harpo, as part of their Apple TV series The me you can’t seewhich aired in May 2021.


Bower wrote: “During this brief procession, many observed Harry signaling remorse to his family.


“Some interpreted his sidelong glance at William as the uneasiness of the outsider. Nobody understood the truth about Harry’s nervousness.


“In four weeks his Apple TV series on mental health would be airing. The transmission had been postponed until after the funeral.


“As Harry watched his family at St George’s Chapel, Harry must have known that his damnation on the Apple TV series would widen the divide. Sitting alone and in isolation, the 94-year-old monarch’s grief was hidden behind a black mask.


“Everyone was moved by her dignity. William looked tense, Kate calm, Charles visibly distressed. Only Harry’s facial expression defied accurate reporting. As he slapped his orders against his thighs as he left the chapel, he was clearly impatient.”


He said: “I thought my family would help, but every single plea, request, warning, whatever it was, was met with utter silence or utter neglect.


“We spent four years getting it to work. We did everything we could to stay there and continue with the role and the job, but Meghan struggled.”


Bower wrote: “Buckingham Palace finally understood very clearly on May 14 that the Sussexes were out of control. Apple TV published Harry’s broadside, dubbed The me you can’t see.


“In it, Harry denounced William, whom he had previously hailed as the only person he could ‘trust’, and dishonored Charles, whom he had previously thanked for being so ‘kind’ about breaking a cycle of ‘genetic.’ pain’.”


In the same month, in May 2021, Harry also appeared on the armchair expert Podcast with Dax Shepard, in which he said he experienced “genetic pain” from his royal upbringing, suggesting Charles passed on heartaches from his own childhood.

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