Pregnant Meghan Markle has been advised by her doctor not to fly to the UK for the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral.
However Prince Harry, the Prince Philip’s grandson, will be able to attend the ceremony next Saturday, a palace spokesperson confirmed.
The Duke of Sussex will make the journey from the couple’s home in California and will be following Covid-19 protocols for the trip, as well as during his visit.
It is understood that Meghan, who is pregnant with her second child, had made every effort to join her husband but was not given clearance to travel by her doctor.
The Duke and Duchess posted a tribute to Philip on the website of their foundation Archewell yesterday.
It read: ‘In loving memory of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh 1921-2021 Thank you for your service… You will be greatly missed.’
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Harry has not returned to the UK since stepping down as a senior royal just over a year ago.
It also be the first time he has seen his family in person since his and Meghan’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey – in which they accused the royal family of racism and the institution failing to support a suicidal Meghan.
The two-hour interview was aired while Philip was in hospital after surgery on his heart.
The Queen issued a statement saying ‘while some recollections may vary’, the issues would be taken ‘very seriously’, but dealt with privately as a family.
In a rare move on a royal engagement, the Duke of Cambridge, Harry’s brother, spoke out publicly, saying ‘We’re very much not a racist family’, as the royals’ ability to carry out official duties linked to diversity, inclusion and mental health was called into question.
Harry told Oprah Winfrey that he was cut off by his father the Prince of Wales and that ‘there’s a lot of hurt that’s happened’ between them, and that he loved his brother William to bits despite some ‘space’ being put between them.
Currently, funerals can be attended by a maximum of 30 people due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Mourners coming from outside England are required to self-isolate from arrival and for the first full 10 days after they arrive.
But Harry will be entitled to leave his place of self-isolation on compassionate grounds to attend the funeral.
He could also be released from quarantine if he gets a negative private test on day five under the Test to Release scheme.
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