In the book, ‘Revenge: Meghan, Harry and the war between the Windsors’, author Tom Bower alleges the monarch told her aides on the day of the funeral: “Thank goodness.” Philip’s funeral on April 17, 2021 was just a month after Prince Harry and his wife Meghan sat down with chat show host Oprah Winfrey for a sensational interview that sent shockwaves through the Royal Family. In his book, Mr Bower claimed the Queen made the observation about Meghan at Windsor as she prepared to travel to St George’s Chapel for the service.
He writes: “On April 9 2021, Prince Philip had died. His funeral was set for April 17. Harry arrived in London just before the service.
“The mood was sombre. Daily, the media extolled Philip’s remarkable life and devotion to the country. The Duke had planned a simple funeral at St George’s Chapel, Windsor.
“The rehearsals displayed faultless military drill. Few would not be touched by the perfection of British ceremonial tradition.
“The weather was forecast to be outstanding. The only uncertainty was the relationship between Harry and his family. How would he cope with his father and brother?
“Meghan had cited her seven months’ pregnancy as the reason for not travelling.
“In Windsor Castle the Queen was preparing to face the public on one of the saddest days of her life. Philip had been her rock for the previous 70 years.
“To comply with Covid restrictions she would grieve alone inside the chapel. ‘Thank goodness Meghan is not coming,’ the monarch said.”
Buckingham Palace last night declined to comment on the claims made in the book.
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