The Queen’s view as Meghan stayed away from Philip’s funeral, according to a new biography
Thank God! Revealed: The Queen’s take on when Meghan stayed away from Philip’s funeral, according to new bio
- It comes from the new book Revenge: Meghan, Harry and the War Between The Windsors
- Author Tom Bower says the Queen said, ‘Thank God Meghan isn’t coming’
- Meghan was unable to attend after doctors refused to allow her to fly while pregnant
- Prince Harry flew to Windsor for his grandfather’s funeral in April last year
The Queen privately expressed relief that Meghan would not be attending Prince Philip‘s funeral, a new biography claims.
Author Tom Bower writes that the grieving monarch told “trusted royal aides” on the morning she was due to lay her 73-year-old husband to rest in Windsor: “Thank God Meghan isn’t coming.”
The claim is made in a new book, Revenge: Meghan, Harry and the War Between The Windsors.
Mr. Bower is known as a leading investigative journalist who has previously written unauthorized biographies of Boris Johnson, Richard Branson and Robert Maxwell.
The book, published in The Sun and The Times, says: “At Windsor Castle, the Queen prepared to face the public on one of the saddest days of her life. Philip had been her rock for the past 70 years.
The Queen, pictured here, sat alone at the funeral of her husband Prince Philip at St George’s Chapel in Windsor on April 17, 2021. A new bio claims she told a trusted royal aide on the morning of the funeral: ‘Thank god Meghan didn’t come’
The bio claims the Queen made the remark ahead of her husband’s funeral. Her grandson Prince Harry attended the funeral, but the Duchess of Sussex did not attend after doctors refused to allow her to fly away at seven months pregnant. The picture shows the Duke and Duchess of Sussex playing volleyball during the 2020 Invictus Games in the Netherlands
“In order to comply with Covid restrictions, she would grieve alone in the chapel. “Thank God Meghan isn’t coming,” the monarch said in a clear voice to her trusted helpers.
The biographer claimed she made the observation at Windsor Castle as she prepared to go to church at St George’s Chapel, where the world watched on TV as she sat alone due to Covid restrictions.
It is believed that the alleged comment is purely related to the drama surrounding speculation that both Harry and Meghan would be flying in from the US at a time of family grief, as opposed to any personal animosity towards Meghan from the monarch.
Buckingham Palace declined to comment last night.
But sources close to the Queen questioned whether the monarch’s focus “on the day of his funeral would have been anything other than her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh”.
The palace generally refuses to comment on biographies on members of the royal family, of which there are many.
While Prince Harry attended his late grandfather’s funeral on April 17 last year, the Duchess of Sussex announced that her doctors had not allowed her to fly out of the US as she was seven months pregnant with her second child, Lilibet. was pregnant.
She joined Harry to post an online tribute to Philip and sent a wreath.
It was the first time Harry saw his family since he and Meghan gave Oprah Winfrey their bombastic interview in which they accused the royal family of a number of highly controversial transgressions, including racism towards Meghan and their unborn first child Archie.
Prince Harry attended the funeral, flying in a few days before so he could meet the UK’s quarantine requirements ahead of the service. He is pictured here at the funeral in Windsor on April 17, 2021
After Philip’s death, there had been much debate as to whether the couple would attend his funeral and, if so, what relations would be between them and the rest of the family.
Only Harry eventually flew over and arrived a few days before duty to be quarantined under UK Covid restrictions at the time.
Immediately after the service, he flew back to the United States after speaking only briefly to his brother.
Relations between the Sussexes and the rest of the family have barely recovered, despite Harry and Meghan flying over with their children for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations last month.