It’s my hope that the Duchess of Sussex does not return to the UK anytime soon. Like, I hope she stays away for years, although it’s possible that she intends to support her UK patronages in person at some point in the next year. But especially given her pregnancy right now, not to mention the pandemic – which is still raging – of course she’s not traveling with Harry to the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral. The Sussexes’ spokesperson said it clearly: Meghan consulted with her doctor, who advised her not to travel. Even if her doctor had signed off on it, I doubt she would have been eager to fly for what? Eleven hours? All to quarantine for five days and then attend a funeral where everyone ignores her? Nah. But the British media is obsessed with the idea that “Meghan should have come.” The Daily Mail literally went up to mourners outside of Windsor Castle and asked them what they thought of Meghan staying in California. Something surprising: most people understood why Meghan isn’t coming.
Members of the public paying tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh have welcomed the news that Prince Harry will be returning to the UK for his grandfather’s funeral – but mourners had a mixed reaction over Meghan’s absence. A number of mourners gathered outside Windsor Castle gave their opinions on the Duke of Sussex returning from the US for the solemn occasion, and were positive for the most part. However, the consensus wasn’t quite as unanimous when it came to his pregnant wife Meghan, who is due to give birth to a baby girl early this summer and won’t be accompanying Prince Harry to the UK on doctor’s orders.
Sources close to the couple said they were ‘united in grief’ with the rest of the Royal Family, but added that Meghan, 39, who suffered a miscarriage last year, would be following medical guidance on whether she should make the 11-hour flight from California.
When the groups of dedicated mourners were asked about Prince Harry’s decision to fly back from the US for the funeral, the decision was met with praise. Telecommunications manager John Morris, 59, said: ‘Harry should come back. Meghan, I think, okay, she’s got her own issues with the monarchy, but you know Harry I think should be there for his grandfather. You know, his grandfather died and it was part of his life, so he should be over here. And okay if its only for a brief visit, okay fine. But hopefully they can make some amends, at least Harry and William might be able to get back together again.’
While 36-year-old product manager Sammy Sheng said: ‘It will be great for Harry to come back as a family, to be part of the family as they gather round and send off his grandfather. But I guess, considering the pregnancy, women travelling such a long distance is not a pleasant journey for her (Meghan). I mean speaking for myself if I had to travel – I don’t know how many months she’s in now, but it’s quite a long journey, yeah. It’s a shame she can’t attend, but if she can’t travel then it’s unfortunate.’
Clemmie Turner, 37, said she thinks Harry should do what he wants to and that it is the right decision for Meghan to stay in the US because she is pregnant. She said: ‘I think that he should be doing what he wants to do and he obviously wants to be here. I think that clearly Meghan has been asked to stay behind on doctors orders because she’s obviously very pregnant, and I think she needs to do what’s right for her.’
However, not everyone asked agreed, with 60-year-old company director Cathy Spooner saying that Meghan should also have made the trip. Ms Spooner said: ‘Yes I’m so pleased Harry is coming back. To me, I think Meghan should come with him to support him, try and show some unity. Part of me understands why she’s not coming back, but I think that’s a mistake. I think she should. I think she should put her differences aside for the sake of a very prestigious royal who has just passed.’
I’m so glad that the Mail dutifully quoted the one person who believes Meghan should endanger her life and her late-term pregnancy just to show up in England for a funeral. Jesus. This is just the Mail – and the entire British press – dragging Meghan into the conversation and blaming her for no reason. They’ve made it all about Meghan and Harry attending Philip’s funeral. That man had four children, eight grandchildren and loads of great-grandchildren. H&M aren’t making this into The Sussex Show, the media is. And I can’t help but think that annoys the hell out of the Other Brother and the Keen Lynchpin.
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