Meghan Markle 'did her bit' for Prince Philip's funeral by sending wreath with secret meaning, says pal Omid Scobie
The wreath, according to the duchess's close friend, contained locally sourced flowers that were selected by Prince Harry and Meghan. Each of the flowers was a special nod to the late duke
The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, may not have been able to attend Prince Philip's funeral due to her pregnancy, however, she did ensure to send a wreath along with a handwritten note. She did not make the 5,400-mile trip to the UK for the Duke of Edinburgh's scaled-back funeral Saturday, April 17, but instead requested for the wreath with the handwritten note to be laid.
The wreath according to a close friend of the duchess contained locally sourced flowers that were selected by Prince Harry and Meghan. Each of the flowers was a special nod to the late duke. Omid Scobie, a friend of duke and duchess spoke on ABC's podcast 'The HeirPod'. He said that Meghan had "done her bit" by sending the handmade wreath in honor of Philip.
Scobie then said, "I think everyone will be very happy with the input that they’ve had into all of this," and added, "We’ve seen all of the family members involved in their own way throughout the week. We’ve also seen signs from those that haven’t been able to attend. Of course, the Sussexes were represented in full at the funeral."
Scobie then added, "A wreath was provided by both Harry and Meghan and laid for the Duke of Edinburgh that was handmade by a florist that they’d used for Archie’s christening at Windsor Castle, and for the evening reception at Frogmore Gardens - again something that took place at Windsor."
The wreath had Acanthus mollis, or bear's breeches, which is the national flower of Greece, representing Philip's heritage, and Eryngium, or sea holly, in a nod to his time with the Royal Marines. Other than this, the wreath also included campanula, which symbolizes gratitude and everlasting love, as well as rosemary to signify remembrance. This was not all, the duke and duchess also chose lavender for devotion and roses in honor of June, the month in which Prince Philip was born.
Scobie also added, "And it came with a card that was handwritten by the Duchess of Sussex, Harry had brought that over. So I think everyone had done their bit today and that’s all that he (Philip) would have wanted. It was a true send-off." The one to have arranged the wreath for the duke and duchess, Willow Crossley, was also the one who arranged the flowers for the couple's evening wedding celebrations in Frogmore Gardens and for their son Archie's christening.
The funeral saw Prince Harry present along with Prince William, Kate and the Queen among other family members. However, Duchess of Sussex Meghan and her son Archie watched the funeral via a live stream in Los Angeles, California. Prince Harry met his father, Prince Charles, and brother, Prince William, for the first time after his explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey in the US. This interview also saw Meghan Markle reveal how she had felt suicidal at one point and had not been aided with necessary help.