With the approach of the funeral of Prince Philip, the people authorized to go to St. George’s Chapel to say goodbye to the husband of the Queen have already been warned. Remained in the United States for medical reasons, Meghan Markle will not be the only one not to attend this sadly historic day.
It is in a restricted committee that the members of the Crown will honor one last time the memory of Prince Philip, who died on April 9. Due to health restrictions, only 30 people will be able to attend the funeral, including the Duke of Edinburgh’s children and grandchildren, and of course his wife Queen Elizabeth II.
After a moment’s hesitation, Meghan Markle had finally decided to skip it, leaving Prince Harry to travel without her to the United Kingdom, where he is currently observing a mandatory period of isolation. Officially, the doctors of the Duchess of Sussex would have considered the trip too risky, since she will welcome her second child in the coming months.
But the wife of Prince Harry is not the only one on the list of great absentees from the funeral. Sarah Ferguson, the ex-wife of Prince Andrew, will not be present on Saturday, April 17. In the 90s, the divorce of Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew had left traces in the hearts of the Windsors, including that of Prince Philip, who had never digested the pictures of the Duchess of York topless, being sucked the toes by the rich Texas businessman John Bryan.
If the ties between Fergie and her ex-husband are stronger than ever today, the Duke of Edinburgh had never really managed to turn the page. Despite the resentments, Sarah Ferguson has been a great help to the Queen since Philip’s death, regularly accompanying her on walks in the castle gardens to clear her head.
The case of Princess Michael of Kent
The wives of the cousins of Queen Elizabeth II, including the Duchess of Gloucester and the Duchess of Kent have also been left out, due to lack of space. But one of the most notable absences is that of Princess Michael of Kent, wife of Prince Michael of Kent, one of the Queen’s first cousins. A particularly controversial figure in the Crown, Princess Michael of Kent was not invited by the queen, who had to, according to Buckingham Palace, “make difficult decisions about who would and would not attend.”
In 2017, Princess Michael of Kent had caused a real controversy, wearing a brooch from blackamoor art, a style of the 1700s representing African figures. Problem, this kind of figures is now associated with colonialism. Accused of racism, Princess Michael of Kent apologized. After the allegations of racism within the Crown expressed by Meghan Markle, no doubt Queen Elizabeth II made sure to do without any controversial guests for this last goodbye to the man of her life.
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