As the royal family gathered this morning for the funeral of Prince Philip, there was one major figure who was not present: Meghan Markle. The Duchess of Sussex wasn't able to travel with Prince Harry, due to orders from doctors that she should stay home in the late stage of her pregnancy with her second child.
However, while Markle wasn't able to join her husband for the Duke of Edinburgh's service, she made sure to send her love to the royal family with a special gift. According to a report by People, the couple had a wreath sent early this morning to be laid for the late Duke, along with a personal handwritten note from Markle.
The gift was composed of locally-sourced flowers, along with some personal touches requested by Prince Harry and Meghan. The touches were seen in the different chosen flowers, like Acanthus mollis (Bear's breeches), which was included to honor Prince Philip's heritage, as it is the national flower of Greece. The wreath also featured eryngium (sea holly) to represent the Royal Marines, campanula to represent gratitude and love, rosemary for remembrance, lavender for devotion and roses to signify the Duke of Edinburgh's birth month of June.
While Markle watched the service from the couple's home in Montecito, California, Prince Harry walked in the funeral procession at St. George's Chapel at Windsor. This is the first time the Duke of Sussex has been in his home country since last spring. It was also the first time he had seen his brother, Prince William, following rumors that there was a rift between the two brothers.
We are glad to see the family coming together (even from across the world) to honor the late Duke of Edinburgh.
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