Prince Harry plans to return to the United Kingdom for the funeral of Prince Philip, who died this Friday, April 9. According to several experts on the monarchy cited by our sources, this tribute could be the last opportunity for the Duke of Sussex to ease tensions, after the interview with Oprah Winfrey a month ago.
His return is highly anticipated. According to information from our sources, Prince Harry is expected to fly to the United Kingdom to pay a final tribute to his grandfather. If Meghan Markle, pregnant with their second child, is not expected to accompany him, the Duke of Sussex plans to go to the funeral of Prince Philip, who died this Friday, April 9, at the age of 99, as reported in our live report to be found here. This trip to Britain will be the first since the shock interview with Oprah Winfrey. The ultimate chance for the Duke of Sussex to repair “the deep damage” caused by the shocking revelations of the couple, according to a royal expert quoted by the Daily Mail.
A chilly climate prevails within the British royal family since the statements of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Nevertheless, in these tragic circumstances, tensions could be easing. Interviewed by the British tabloid, journalist Penny Jonor said, “I hope that if anything good can come out of the Duke’s death, it will be a rapprochement within the family. But clearly there’s a lot of pain on all sides, and I imagine they’ll all be afraid to see each other again.” The author of The Firm: The Troubled Life of the House of Windsor, hopes that “their desire to support the queen and come together for her, which is what the duke would have wanted, (…) will save the day.” For Richard Fitzwilliams, a “show of unity” is essential to repairing relations between family members. “It could start a healing process in this context of royal fracture,” he said.
A special relationship
For many years, Harry and his grandfather have had a special relationship. Moreover, the grandson of Prince Philip took “regularly” of his news when he suffered from health problems, according to information from our sources. Thus, the husband of Elizabeth II had been preserved from a good part of the explosive interview broadcast on CBS, according to Katie Nicholl. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle reacted to the death of the Duke of Edinburgh, on the website of their organization Archewell: “In memory of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh (1921-2021). Thank you for your service… You will be greatly missed.”
When Prince Philip defied the pain at Meghan Markle and Harry’s wedding
The Duke of Edinburgh is no more. Buckingham Palace announced, this Friday, April 9, through a statement, the death of Prince Philip, at the age of 99 years. His wife, Queen Elizabeth II, was at his side until his last moments. A tragic news for the sovereign, who lost the man of her life, but also for a country, which is preparing to say goodbye to its prince. While the funeral of Prince Philip is preparing, the British royal family finds one of its members, Prince Harry. Following the announcement of the death of his grandfather, the brother of the Duke of Cambridge took a plane, heading to England, without his wife, Meghan Markle. The Duchess of Sussex is pregnant, so it is not recommended to fly, a source close to the Crown told our source. Prince Philip loved Harry very much and even said he was his favorite grandson. He would not have missed his wedding for anything, not even a cracked rib.
According to a source who confided in the newspaper The Sun, this Friday, April 9, Prince Philip would have defied an “immense” pain, during the wedding of Harry and Meghan. A few days earlier, the Duke of Edinburgh was injured after a fall in his bathroom. But no question of showing his pain. As the source explained to the media, he entered “happily” and unassisted into St. George’s Chapel in Windsor for the ceremony.
Not one injury, but two!
The groom’s grandfather was not only hiding his rib injury that day. Prince Philip was already recovering from a hip operation, which he had a few weeks before his accident. “The duke is not a fan of the shower and prefers to take a bath. But he is a determined man and nothing was going to stop him from attending the wedding and he would not take any help to walk,” said the source. In fact, he was praised for his “completely heroic” attendance at St. George’s Chapel. Royal biographer Penny Juror said at the time, “Given that he’s 96 years old and the operation was only six weeks ago, I think it shows what an extraordinary man he is.”
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