Royals ‘pleased’ Meghan skipped funeral

Royal family members were “quietly pleased” that Meghan Markle did not fly to Britain with husband Prince Harry to attend Prince Philip’s funeral service, according to a new chapter in the ex-royals’ biography, Finding Freedom (via the Independent).According to the book, they were afraid her attendance would create “a circus” or “a spectacle” following the pair’s bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview, which aired a month prior to Philip’s death.The Duke of Edinburghdied on April 9 at 99 years old and was laid to rest over a week later on April 17.Harry, 36, flew out for the ceremony but immediately returned home to Meghan, 40, who was unable to fly due to her pregnancy.The couple welcomed their daughter, Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor, two months later.“On June 4, we were blessed with the arrival of our daughter, Lili,” the couple said in a statement announcing her birth. “She is more than we could have ever imagined, and we remain grateful for the love and prayers we’ve felt from across the globe. Thank you for your continued kindness and support during this very special time for our family.”The updated version of Finding Freedom – which is set to be released on the 24th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death on August 31 – will also touch on the couple’s controversial interview with Winfrey that aired on March 7 after the duo stepped down from their roles as senior royals in 2020.During the interview, Meghan confessed that she became suicidal due to media scrutiny and claimed that the royal family was concerned about what colour their son Archie’s skin would be when he was born.A source also claims in the book that Meghan and Harry were “not surprised” by Buckingham Palace’s reaction to their interview, with authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand writing that Queen Elizabeth’s “recollections may vary” remark regarding their claims of the racism “did not go unnoticed”.This article originally appeared on the New York Post and is reproduced here with permission

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