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Officially unable to attend Prince Philip’s funeral because of her pregnancy, Meghan Markle sent a handwritten card for the Duke of Edinburgh that was placed on a wreath at St George’s Chapel Saturday.
The Duchess of Sussex, who is expecting a baby girl in early summer, stayed in California with son Archie as Prince Harry flew to England to take part in his grandfather’s funeral. She reportedly watched the funeral on television with the 1-year-old.
Markle was advised not to make the 10-hour flight to Britain for the funeral by her physician, though royal watchers also suggested she did not want to be the center of attention on the somber day.
The contents of the card she sent were not made public — though Markle is known for her calligraphy skills. It was placed with a wreath made of flowers and plants chosen specifically to honor Prince Philip. It included Acanthus mollis (Bear’s breeches), which is the national flower of Greece, reflecting Philip’s ancestry, and Eryngium (Sea Holly), in a nod to his much-loved Royal Marines.
The wreath, made with locally sourced flowers by the same florist who adorned their wedding, also featured campanula for gratitude and everlasting love, rosemary to signify remembrance, lavender for devotion, and roses in honor of June being Philip’s birth month.
Harry joined his brother Prince William and other senior members of the royal family to walk behind the Duke’s coffin as it was taken from Windsor Castle to St. George’s Chapel. While they were separated during the procession, the two brothers were seen casually chatting as they left the Chapel following the funeral service.
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