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Was The Queen relieved The Duchess of Sussex didn’t attend Prince Philip’s funeral?

In a new book by Tom Bower, it is claimed that Her Majesty The Queen expressed her relief that The Duchess of Sussex was not to attend the funeral of Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, in April 2021. The book entitled, ‘Revenge: Meghan, Harry and the War Between the Windsors’ is currently being serialised in The Times and The Sunday Times and features many more controversial claims.

This bold claim states that Her Majesty was relieved that Meghan, who was seven months pregnant at the time, would not be attending the funeral service of The Duke of Edinburgh at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, on 17th April 2021. According to Bower, The Queen is alleged to have said, “thank goodness Meghan is not coming.” It is said that The Queen made the remark to trusted aides.

Buckingham Palace declined to comment on the report though sources close to The Queen have suggested that she would have nothing more than Prince Philip on her mind on the day of his funeral.

Claims about Harry and Meghan feature in a new Tom Bower book.

The Duke of Edinburgh died on 9th April 2021 at Windsor Castle just two months before his 100th birthday. Buckingham Palace said the Duke died peacefully with Her Majesty The Queen at his bedside.

It is also claimed in the book that The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made a “demand to appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony” during The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations last month. It is alleged that The Prince of Wales opposed these demands.

Bower writes, “Festering was their fury that the palace had refused all of their demands for a prominent role at the Jubilee. In Meghan’s view, those optics were unsatisfactory, partly because her value to Netflix was to stand near The Queen.”

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are yet to comment on the claims.

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