Meghan Markle decided not to attend Prince Philip's funeral because she 'didn't want to be centre of attention'

Meghan Markle decided not to attend Prince Philip's funeral because she 'didn't want to be centre of attention'

MEGHAN MARKLE has decided not to attend Prince Philip's funeral in the UK because she doesn't want to be the centre of attention, friends of hers have claimed.

According to reports, the Duchess of Sussex believes she had a "special bond" with Philip, despite declining the opportunity to join her husband Prince Harry by returning to London.

Instead, she'll remain in her Californian home with her son Archie.

Despite claims that she's purposely shunning the spotlight, a Buckingham Palace spokesperson previously confirmed that Meghan's personal physician has advised her not to travel due to the fact that she's pregnant.

"Meghan said her main concern right now is supporting Harry. She said she left it up to him as to whether to not she would attend the funeral," an insider told the Daily Mail.

"Meghan said during thee times when family should come together, put their differences aside and unit as one. She said this is what Prince Philip would want and that she's willing to forgive and move forward."

Prince Harry has returned to London for his Grandfather's funeral, but his wife Meghan has stayed in California.

Prince Philip and the Queen. The Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip passed away on Friday at the age of 99

While the Duchess has been advised not to travel due to her pregnancy, it's understood that flying to London would still be possible, but her mother Doria is supposedly "adamant" that she doesn't make the trip.

"Doria insisted that Meghan stay behind and support Harry from afar. Like Harry, Doria is very protective of Meghan and doesn't want to see her putting her own health at risk. Stress is the last thing Meghan needs right now."

Prince Harry flew into London's Heathrow Airport over the weekend to attend his grandfather's funeral, which will take place on Saturday.

It's the first time Harry's been in the UK since he and Meghan infamously quit their royal duties last year.

It's also the fist time he'll face members of the Royal Family since the Sussex's explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey, which aired last month.