It isn’t always true that absence makes the heart grow fonder.
According to a new chapter in the ex-royals’ biography, “Finding Freedom,” 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 (via the Independent).
According to the book, they were concerned that her presence would create a “circus” or “a spectacle” following the couple’s explosive Oprah Winfrey interview, which aired a month before Philip’s death.
The Duke of Edinburgh died on April 9th, at the age of 99, and was laid to rest on April 17th, a week later.
Harry, 36, flew out for the ceremony but returned home immediately, leaving Markle, 40, unable to fly due to her pregnancy.
Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor, the couple’s daughter, was born two months later.
In a statement announcing Lili’s birth, the couple said, “On June 4th, we were blessed with the arrival of our daughter, Lili.” “She is everything we could have hoped for, and we are grateful for the love and prayers we’ve received from all over the world. Thank you for your continued kindness and support as our family goes through this difficult time.”
The updated version of “Finding Freedom,” which will be released on the 24th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death on Aug. 31, will also address the couple’s contentious interview with Winfrey, which aired on March 7 after the couple’s departure from their roles as senior royals in 2020, will be discussed.
During the interview, Markle admitted to becoming suicidal as a result of the media’s attention, and she claimed that the royal family was worried about the color of their son Archie’s skin when he was born.
Markle and Harry were “not surprised” by Buckingham Palace’s reaction to their interview, according to a source in the book, with authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand writing that Queen Elizabeth’s “recollections may vary” remark regarding their claims of racism “did not go unnoticed.”