On the morning of April 9, 99-year-old Prince Philip passed away. Buckingham Palace officially announced this. On April 17, the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral will take place at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. The entire royal family is expected to attend the ceremony in the UK, despite anti-coronavirus restrictions.
Journalists wondered if the Dukes of Sussex would fly from California to London. As it turned out, only Prince Harry will travel overseas. Meghan Markle will not be able to join her husband for health reasons. She is in serious pregnancy and prepares for childbirth in early summer.
Royal editor Omid Scobie told Harper’s Bazaar that a source told him: “The Duchess did her best to travel with the Duke, but unfortunately, she did not get medical permission from her doctor.”
The media are confident that Prince Harry’s visit to the UK will help the royal family re-establish relations. The Duke is already arranging personal meetings with his beloved cousins - Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenia. Together with her husband Jack Brooksbank, the last of them now live in the Dukes of Sussex’s former home – Frogmore House. Most likely, this is where Harry will stay during his arrival in the UK.
The prince and his late grandfather have always been close. Even during the scandalous interview that Harry and Meghan gave to Oprah Winfrey, the Duke spoke very warmly about Prince Philip.
“Harry will definitely want to be at the funeral. And that might help reduce the division in the royal family. His grandfather would have been pleased about that. He always wanted the monarchy as an institution, which he supported all his life, to become stronger and stronger even after his death, ” one of the experts told the Daily Mail portal.