It has been confirmed that Meghan Markle will not be joining the royal family for Prince Philip's funeral, however, she has reportedly spoken with the Queen.
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Now, it was announced on the morning of April 9th that Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, had sadly died.
He was ninety-nine-years-old.
It was no secret that the royal had been struggling with his health for quite some time...
And had undergone many surgeries over the years.
He had previously dealt with complications such as a blocked coronary artery and a bladder infection just days before his ninety-second birthday...
Resulting in the Duke undergoing exploratory abdominal surgery, which he swiftly recovered from.
And in 2015, he retired from public engagements entirely after becoming the longest-standing royal consort in British history.
But soon after, he fell victim to another health issue which involved hip replacement surgery.
Since then, he had been on a tragically rocky path.
However, things truly took a turn for the worst for the royal this year.
On the evening of February 16th, Prince Philip was rushed to hospital after feeling "unwell."
The Sun reported that he would be spending "a few days" there.
But it was also reported that he was in "good spirits" after being taken to the King Edward VII Hospital in London.
Buckingham Palace announced on Friday, April 9th, that Prince Phillip had tragically passed away at the age of ninety-nine.
He will be greatly missed by all those who know and love the royal family.
Since the tragic news broke, tributes from fans, celebrities, and politicians alike were quick to flood in.
RIP Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. A great life well lived. https://t.co/DsWDGwmwcV— Frankie Dettori (@Frankie Dettori)1617981275.0
Profoundly saddened to learn about the passing away of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, friend and admirer… https://t.co/Hmd1ROlIKt— President of India (@President of India)1617980180.0
R.I.P Prince Philip. 99 years on this planet, 4 children, 8 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren & married to the… https://t.co/FBfiP03GVf— thatstarwarsgirl77 (@thatstarwarsgirl77)1617982326.0
RIP Prince Philip, 99. A truly great Briton who dedicated his life to selfless public duty & was an absolute rock… https://t.co/4fyjUxOVH0— Piers Morgan (@Piers Morgan)1617967827.0
President Biden: "On behalf of all the people of the United States, we send our deepest condolences to Her Majesty… https://t.co/UCFUWSwdCX— NBC News (@NBC News)1617981983.0
We are very sad to hear of the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. It was an honour t… https://t.co/XGw5ctusC3— Ronnie Wood (@Ronnie Wood)1617982247.0
PM Justin Trudeau expresses his condolences "Prince Philip will be remembered as a champion for young people, a dec… https://t.co/rxNWsvTQ0Y— Hannah Thibedeau (@Hannah Thibedeau)1617982468.0
What an incredible life. RIP Prince Philip https://t.co/rx2zeRtNIj— Fred Sirieix (@Fred Sirieix)1617982350.0
Prince Philip played a pivotal, often underestimated, role in the survival of the British monarchy. His self-confid… https://t.co/1N9dDgLsFT— Euan Rellie (@Euan Rellie)1617982547.0
In their own statement, the royal family wrote:
"It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss. Further announcements will be made in due course."
Though, of course, all eyes have been on 2 members of the family in particular.
As you will all be aware, Prince Harry is currently residing in California with his wife, Meghan Markle, and their son, Archie, so, therefore, will have dealt with the loss thousands of miles away from his family.
Almost immediately after Prince Phillip's death was announced, Harry quickly made plans for his return to the U.K.
He arrived in Heathrow on a British Airways flight at around 1.15 pm on Sunday, The Sun reported. He was reportedly met by security off the plane before being driven away in a black Range Rover.
Harry is set to attend Prince Philip's funeral, which will be taking place on Saturday, April 17th in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.
He has since issued a personal statement on the Archewell Foundation website.
The statement is titled, "In loving memory of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh"...
And Harry started by writing:
"My grandfather was a man of service, honor, and great humor. He was authentically himself, with a seriously sharp wit, and could hold the attention of any room due to his charm — and also because you never knew what he might say next."
"He will be remembered as the longest-reigning consort to the Monarch, a decorated serviceman, a Prince, and a Duke. But to me, like many of you who have lost a loved one or grandparent over the pain of this past year, he was my grandpa: master of the barbecue, legend of banter, and cheeky right 'til the end."
"He has been a rock for Her Majesty The Queen with unparalleled devotion"...
"By her side for seventy-three years of marriage, and while I could go on, I know that right now he would say to all of us, beer in hand, 'Oh do get on with it!'"
Harry wrapped up his statement by saying:
"So, on that note, Grandpa, thank you for your service, your dedication to Granny, and for always being yourself. You will be sorely missed, but always remembered — by the nation and the world. Meghan, Archie, and I (as well as your future great-granddaughter) will always hold a special place for you in our hearts. Per Mare, Per Terram."
Harry is alone for his return.
After it was confirmed that Meghan would stay in the U.S following doctors orders due to being heavily pregnant.
But while Meghan might not be in attendance for the funeral, it has been reported that she has spoken with the Queen.
A source for US Weekly spoke about the decision for Meghan to stay in the U.S saying: "She is too far along to fly and it's recommended she rest in the final months."
"They're taking this precaution seriously because she miscarried before," the source added.
"Doctors don't think the stress of it all is worth her risking losing another baby."
Before adding that although Meghan cannot attend: "Meghan and Harry have already spoken to the queen to express their sympathies."
Rest in Peace, Prince Philip.