The Queen ‘understands’ why Duchess Meghan ‘can’t travel at the moment’

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I really don’t understand why the British and American press have chosen to make it sound like the Duchess of Sussex *could* travel to Windsor for Prince Philip’s funeral. The press is making it sound like it’s some kind of debate, or that Meghan didn’t actually consult her doctors about it. She’s probably due within the next six weeks, it would be more notable if her doctors were like “sure, an eight-months-pregnant woman can travel internationally in a pandemic on a 13-hour flight!” In any case, sources want us to know that the Queen “understands” why Meghan can’t come:

While Prince Harry flew back to the U.K. on Sunday to quarantine ahead of his grandfather Prince Philip’s funeral next weekend, his wife Meghan Markle stayed behind. The Duchess of Sussex, who is expecting her couple’s second child — a girl — “has been advised by her physician not to travel,” a palace spokesperson said, and remains in California with their son Archie, who turns 2 in May.

“It was always a given that Harry would return to England for his grandfather’s passing,” a California source tells PEOPLE, adding that after Philip’s death both Meghan and Harry “were in contact with the Queen.”

“Meghan expressed condolences. The Queen understands why she can’t travel at the moment,” the source adds.

[From People]

I would hope and assume that Harry was receiving regular updates – and not just attempted guilt trips via the press – on Philip’s health in the weeks leading up to his death. Sources maintain that Harry was told about Philip’s death at the same time as the rest of the family too, so perhaps. Anyway, of course the Queen understands. These people are so weird.

Meanwhile, contributing to everyone’s theory that Meghan is due next month (as opposed to “summer” like she said), Meghan will allegedly begin her maternity leave next month:

Meghan Markle will go on maternity leave at the end of May, Page Six is told. The Duchess of Sussex, who is expecting a baby girl in early summer, has been planning to take time off following her daughter’s birth, as we revealed.

Markle will be taking leave from her duties at Archewell, her nonprofit with husband Prince Harry, and all other professional endeavors. However, we’re told she always keeps an eye on everything because she’s a “workaholic.”

As a source who knows her told us, she worked right through her last maternity leave with son Archie before giving birth in May 2019.

[From Page Six]

Yeah, we heard before that Meghan and Harry will both “take the summer off” following the birth of their daughter, although I imagine both of them will still work here and there. They are launching Archewell Audio and Archewell Productions after all. They’ll be available for email and phone calls, I’m sure.

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  1. Lauren says:

    The Queen didn’t attend JFK’s funeral because she was 5 months pregnant with Edward. She would understand better than most just why Meghan can’t travel. Meghan looked pretty far along in the pictures, but she shows early so who knows. Might be early June for all we know.

  2. Snuffles says:

    I think Meghan is due the first week of June by my estimates. And that will be the reason why Harry won’t come to the Diana statue unveiling. He’s going to stay put once that baby is born.

    • L84Tea says:

      I’m with you. I think it’s the first week of June.

      • Becks1 says:

        First week of June makes sense – if Meghan got pregnant in september, which would fit with the July miscarriage (not getting pregnant immediately after the m/c), then early June fits.

    • LadyMTL says:

      Early June is my gut feeling too, but regardless of the actual due date if her MD told her not to travel, then she shouldn’t travel. The fact that the British press is trying so hard to make this into a thing is really pathetic. (Am I surprised, though? Nope.)

    • Gail Hirst says:

      I’m rooting for mid-June. June 13th, to be precise…cause that’s my b’day LOL!!

    • Sofia says:

      I’ve always thought June too. Especially early June.

    • ShazBot says:

      I kinda think it’s June 20th…that would mean she is correct in saying ‘summer’. I had a baby due at that time and I also stopped working at the end of May. I was big and uncomfortable and hoping for an early delivery! (did not get one).

      I hope it’s June 20th or around then too because then Harry definitely won’t have pressure to go to the statue unveiling.
      Would be funny if she’s born on William’s birthday.

  3. Izzy says:

    She was pregnant four times, I should hope she’d understand.

    • Pablo says:

      4 times pregnant please explain
      I believe it’s 3times

    • AMA1977 says:

      I really think anyone who has had a baby or been close to someone who has is completely rolling their eyes at this story. My cousin got married in New York (I live in TX) when I was about 7 months along with my first, and my doctor recommended that I not fly at that point, so we didn’t attend. The risk of DVT is huge, and on a transatlantic flight it’s even worse.

      Meghan has a history of pregnancy loss, is “advanced maternal age” (a phrase that is also eyeroll-inducing, but accurate) and we are in the midst of a global pandemic with an aerially-transmitted virus. She has every reason in the world not to fly and I think you’d be hard pressed to find any MD anywhere who would sign off on air travel for a patient in these circumstances.

  4. Phoenix says:

    I believe that we all understand why Meghan can’t travel, but RR and their followers have an agenda with Meghan so they play dumb.
    And I hope that both Harry and Meghan will take time off this summer so they could enjoy the arrival of their baby girl in peace. Unfortunately, something that didn’t happened with Archie. Knowing how stressful it could be with a newborn I even don’t know how they were functioning when Archie was born and now knowing what was going behind the scenes. So this time they should take their time and focus on their children and themselves.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      I cannot see how any of this “working” is a problem as Megan & Harry work from home. The Sussexes will have an “infant” nanny and any other outside support they may need to continue doing what they want to do. What they can do, regarding outside work, is still very limited by pandemic restrictions.

      • Snuffles says:

        You’re assuming that Meghan and Harry even want a nanny. From what I recall, while in the UK, they ended up with just a day nanny after firing the first one in the middle of the night.

        I don’t think they’re going to go the nanny route at all this time around. Hence them wanting to take maternity and paternity leave for the summer. I think they will probably have Doria around to help and that’s it.

      • Becks1 says:

        I think maternity leave looks very different when you are primarily working from home and you own the company, but I think they are emphasizing it as part of the Archewell culture. If the co-founders are taking parental leave (including the father) then it sets the standard for others taking it as well.

        I think Harry and Meghan are going to keep working through this “leave” but it will be scaled down significantly.

      • Lady D says:

        I wonder if that nanny was caught planting cameras in the house?

      • Ursaline says:

        I can say from experience that having a new baby in my 30s when the first one was less than two years old was challenging in separating the rambunctious toddler from Mom who was exhausted by staying up with the new infant. My husband was on perpetual toddler duty while I nursed, slept, and healed from the delivery. Perhaps Harry plans to do the same while Meghan recovers and makes sure the new daughter is thriving. And itś so cute to watch the toddler meet and bond with the new baby! I sincerely hope that despite the chaos, theyĺl get to spend part of the summer relaxing with their family in peace.

    • erni says:

      @lady D
      I would think the night nanny is doing something that endangers Archie *cough* assasination attempt *cough*

      I’ll see myself out

      • Feeshalori says:

        She’d have been arrested then for attempted murder. She may have been caught taking pictures of Archie.

      • Carmen-JamRock says:

        I’m with you… humans we tend to think the worse in the absence of the facts of a situation. But I do believe your idea falls squarely in the realm of “crime” so I dont believe H&M would merely dismiss that nanny on the grounds of “unprofessional behaviour” as they did.

        I thought it might have been “placing hidden cameras” but again, that falls in the realm of “crime.”
        So I believe she was either taking pix of the baby (with intention to sell); talking on the phone (or other self-indulgent behaviour) and ignoring the baby’s cries; or falling asleep on the job more than once – all of which might hv been accompanied by insubordinate behaviour, such as giving backchat to H&M when she was caught and reprimanded, hence her dismissal for “unprofessional behaviour.”

      • NJ says:

        I have no idea but I assumed the “unprofessional behavior” was that the nanny was drunk or something similar.

  5. GG says:

    I’m guessing baby girl Sussex is due around Memorial Day, which makes sense to say “early summer” as many people feel like Memorial Day – Labor Day is the summer season in the US, and makes sense that M would go on may leave at the end of May.

    • Carmen-JamRock says:

      Memorial Day 2021 is May 31.

      Summer 2021 begins June 20. M said BabyGirlSussex is due “in the summertime” so……no. Not Memorial Day.

      • La says:

        I agree with GG and think they are purposely playing fast and loose with terminology. Most Americans consider Memorial Day weekend (May 31 this year) as the unofficial start of summer. So even if it’s not truly summer technically most people would consider a baby born in June a summer baby. My guess is she’s due in early June.

      • Bendy Windy says:

        Yes, summer technically begins on June 20th, but colloquially, people refer to anything after Memorial Day as summer. And although my early September baby is technically a summer baby, her birthday is usually considered fall because school has already begun.

  6. Becks1 says:

    Of course she understands. Most sane people understand. Its so ridiculous.

    I also think she is due in early June.

    • Cecilia says:

      Judging by the size of her, early june it is. But i had secretly hoped for an early july baby. As in july 1st or july 4th

  7. Abena Asantewaa says:

    British media is obssesed with Meghan! No one has seen or heard ftom Meghan since 7th March, yet for a woman who the media claims is not relevant, it is phenomenal that she gets talked about relentlessly. It is sheer providence that Philip died at this time, could you imagine the hulabaloo if Meghan was not pregnant, and she had to come!

  8. Woke says:

    They all understand why she can’t travel, they’re just playing dumb. Page six really get on my nerves with their stories about Meghan.

  9. Myra says:

    So they acknowledge that she is a workaholic but at the same time they tell us she left because she didn’t want to do the job. *sigh* She is the only person I know where two completely opposing narratives on her exist and is shared without irony or shame.

    • Cecilia says:

      And people believe both too and drink it up without question. As long as its negative

    • Woke says:

      Just like they say she has no friends and dropped them when she married Harry and when it’s convenient invoke those friends.

    • booboocita says:

      Oh, hey, I get it. I’m a Mexican-American, and I’m constantly told that my people are lazy bums who come to this country so they can go on welfare, and also that we’re going to steal all your jobs. So which is it?

  10. swirlmamad says:

    Memorial Day – early June is my guess as well. She absolutely looked at least 5 or so months along in the reveal photos (although with subsequent pregnancies you do “pop” sooner). Google tells me that 36 weeks is usually the cut-off for short flights with a healthy, routine pregnancy, and 28 weeks the cut-off for international flights. So that timeline makes sense.

  11. aquarius64 says:

    The BM is really upset the the US media will get first crack of pictures of Princess Monticeto. It’s also mad that Meghan is apparently still on speaking terms with the Queen.

  12. Amy Bee says:

    I think the British press is holding on to the notion that Meghan could have travelled because they really wanted her to be there and can’t accept that she couldn’t go back to the UK.

    • Cecilia says:

      I think that initially they were very happy with the fact that she wasn’t going to be there simply because they’ve pushing this whole “brothers reuniting” for weeks now and this was. It first involved the statue but now it happening sooner than anyone thought.

      But since prince philips funeral isn’t getting the attention people hoped for they want her there.

  13. 809Matriarch says:

    ” The Queen understands why she can’t travel at the moment,” the source adds.”

    Like that actually makes a difference to those determined to malign Meghan? The Queen announced she understood why H&M didn’t spend Xmas at Sandringham in 2019. Didn’t make a difference, M&H were still attacked by media and anyone else the UK press could drum up to harass them for not spending Xmas that year with the Queen.

  14. Over it says:

    I wish these people would let Megs have a peaceful pregnancy and stop nitpicking her . Didn’t they do enough to her when she was pregnant with Archie? Harry went to the funeral, that should be more than enough.

  15. MCG says:

    I genuinely believe that The Queen truly likes Meghan and is so happy for Harry. But that damn sense of duty the Crown “prevented” her from protecting H+M+A+ so on.

    • Robin says:

      I think so, too. I think the Queen admired her work ethic and life experience, and therefore had so much more in common with her than with Kate. The Queen and Kate together never seemed to have any real glue apart from needs must and duty first.

  16. Phoenix says:

    Can you imagine if Meghan gives birth even one day before 20th of June or official start of summer lol
    Knowing the Brits they will be screaming that she was lying again to gain something.
    Anywat, I am quite sure there will be drama no matter what.

  17. L4frimaire says:

    The fact that this is even up for debate is just stupid. There is no reason for her to get on a plane to go anywhere, for any reason,short of evacuation or medivac. Hope momma is cradling that bump, FaceTiming her husband, watching her son, and taking care of her dogs and chickens.

  18. Detnow359 says:

    The part everyone seems to leave out is the pandemic. Not only is she likely in her third trimester but we still are in an active pandemic. Not worth the risk, including to Archie if they opted to bring him, too.