How Meghan Markle paid tribute to Prince Philip without attending his funeral

Meghan Markle was unable to attend Prince Philip’s funeral, but she was there in spirit.

The 39-year-old Duchess of Sussex was unable to travel due to her pregnancy, but watched the ceremony broadcast from her and Harry’s home in California. She and Harry also sent a wreath and a handwritten card.

As for the meaning behind the flower arrangement, Willow Crossley was behind the wreath, and also contributed to the evening portion of Harry and Meghan’s wedding in 2018 at Frogmore Gardens in Windsor Home Park, Archie’s christening in the chapel. Private at Windsor Castle and the Hubb Community Cookbook Launch Event at Kensington Palace.

The arrangement also features a variety of locally sourced flowers, some of which were even picked from the designer’s personal garden. Harry and Meghan specifically requested that it include acanthus mollis, the national flower of Greece to represent the heritage of the Duke of Edinburgh, and eryngium to represent the Royal Marines. The crown also features campanula to show gratitude and undying love, rosemary to signify remembrance, lavender for devotion, and roses in honor of June, which is the birth month of Prince Philip.

The card accompanying the crown was handwritten by Meghan herself.

Meghan was hoping to attend, but her doctor did not authorize her to travel at this stage of her pregnancy. However, Harry was present and stood behind his grandfather’s coffin with his brother, Prince William.

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