According to a new book, the Queen is said to have been relieved that Meghan Markle was unable to attend the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral.
Biographer Tom Bower’s latest book Revenge: Meghan, Harry and the War between the Windsors is published in The Times and Sunday Times and contains controversial claims about the royal family.
An excerpt published in the newspaper yesterday, citing unnamed sources, suggests the Queen was delighted the Duchess of Sussex – then seven months pregnant – would not be attending her husband’s funeral on April 17 last year.
The book reads, “‘Thank God Meghan isn’t coming,’ the monarch said in a clear voice to her trusted aides.”
Although Buckingham Palace, which does not comment on individual books, declined to comment on the story, sources close to the Queen asked if she would be thinking of anything other than Phillip on the day of the funeral.
Mr Bower also claims that during last month’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex “requested to appear with the Queen on the balcony of Buckingham Palace”, which the Prince of Wales is said to have refused.
Clarence House also declined to comment on the book.
The book states: “What floated was their (Harry and Meghan’s) anger that the Palace had turned down all of their demands for a starring role at the anniversary.
“From Meghan’s point of view, that look was unsatisfactory, in part because her value to Netflix was being close to the Queen.”
Harry and Meghan did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The couple joined other members of the royal family at Trooping the Color and a thanksgiving service for the Queen’s 70-year reign at St Paul’s Cathedral.
Mr Bower’s previous unauthorized biographies have starred Boris Johnson, Jeremy Corbyn, Prince Charles and Tony Blair.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20284762.queen-expressed-relief-meghan-not-attend-phillips-funeral/?ref=rss Queen was relieved that Meghan didn’t attend Phillip’s funeral