Although Meghan Markle was unable to attend Prince Philip’s funeral on Saturday April 17, she found a way to honor the late Duke of Edinburgh.
According to reports, Markle sent a wreath and a handwritten card in her absence, as she watched the broadcast of the event from her and Prince Harry’s home in Montecito, California.
The wreath was custom-made by Willow Crossley, the florist who designed the arrangements for the royal couple’s wedding reception, as well as the christening ceremony for her son Archie. Prince Harry and Markle specifically requested that the crown include types of flowers that paid homage to Prince Philip.
The arrangement included Acanthus mollis, the national flower of Greece, to signify the legacy of Philip. Eryngium was added to represent the Royal Marines. The wreath also included lavender for devotion, rosemary for remembrance, and roses in honor of June, the month of Philip’s birth.
The Duchess of Sussex was unable to attend the ceremony due to her pregnancy as she is expected to give birth to her second child, a baby girl, this summer. “The Duchess went out of her way to travel alongside the Duke, but unfortunately she did not receive medical clearance from her doctor,” a source told BAZAAR from Harper.
Even though Markle was unable to make the trip from California to the UK, Prince Harry was present. According to Entertainment Tonight, Harry even took the opportunity to reconnect with his brother, Prince William. The two were seen walking and talking to each other after the service. It was the first time Harry and William had come face to face in over a year.