How Meghan Markle will honor Prince Philip privately at his funeral

The Duchess of Sussex is set to pay her own respects to the late Duke of Edinburgh after making 'private arrangements'

How Meghan Markle will honor Prince Philip, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends the annual Remembrance Sunday service at The Cenotaph on November 10, 2019 in London, England.
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Meghan Markle is expected to privately honor Prince Philip at his funeral this weekend.

The Duchess of Sussex, who is unable to fly on doctors' orders because she is pregnant with her second child, has made 'private arrangements' to pay her own respects to the Duke of Edinburgh following his death on 9th April, aged 99.

Duchess Meghan, 39, will remain in Los Angeles with son Archie, one, as husband Prince Harry, who flew to the UK last week to isolate, attends his grandfather's funeral service at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle on Saturday. 

But despite being missing from the service in person, how Meghan Markle will honor Prince Philip is by paying her respects in addition to being able to watch the funeral on a special live stream, according to The Sun.

Ongoing Coronavirus restrictions have meant that funerals, including ones of royal family members, have to be limited to 30 guests. And other guests who under normal circumstances, would have attended the funeral, will be given special log-in details to watch the live stream of the memorial service.

How Meghan Markle will honor Prince Philip, Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (C) gestures as he is followed by (L-R) Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, US actress and fiancee of Britain's Prince Harry Meghan Markle and Britain's Prince Harry arriving to attend the Royal Family's traditional Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, eastern England, on December 25, 2017

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It's understood the live stream, which is how Meghan Markle will honor Prince Philip, will feature the same footage as the BBC but without the live commentary and you can watch Prince Philip's funeral from anywhere in the world.

Meanwhile, Prince Harry, who will come face to face in public with his brother Prince William for the first time since their fall out following Harry and Meghan's bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview, are set to walk behind their late grandfather's coffin after the Queen signed off plans on "each and every" detail of her husband's funeral to ensure his wishes are carried out as much as possible under the trying circumstances of the pandemic. 

Her Majesty is said to have insisted that nothing "detract from what the day is about, commemorating the extraordinary life of her husband".

How Meghan Markle will honor Prince Philip might be a more modern funeral tradition, she isn't the only royal to miss out on Prince Philip's funeral, Sarah Ferguson isn't invited. Sarah, the ex-wife of Prince Andrew, and mother to Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, will not be in attendance either due to restrictions of guest numbers.

For this same reason, it is believed that Prince William and Kate’s children will also not be in attendance, nor will Prime Minister, Boris Johnson. 

How Meghan Markle will honor Prince Philip and his memory in the future visits to the UK, is something which only time will tell. 

Selina Maycock

Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer with more than 15 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She has covered all things Entertainment for GoodtoKnow, Woman&Home and My Imperfect Life. Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand.