Doria Ragland was 'adamant' that Meghan Markle must not travel for Prince Philip's funeral, say sources
The Duchess of Sussex made 'every effort' to attend the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral, but her physician advised her not to
Just a day after insiders revealed that Meghan Markle wanted to fly to the UK to support her husband Prince Harry during his grandfather's funeral, new reports claim that she stayed behind not just on recommendations from her doctor. According to insiders, Meghan's mother Doria Ragland was 'adamant' that the heavily pregnant former actress must not travel away from her home in California.
As Harry returned home for the first time since stepping down as senior royals with his wife, Meghan stayed back in California with their 23-month-old son Archie. The Duchess of Sussex allegedly made "every effort" to attend the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral, but her physician advised her not to. This comes after Meghan had already suffered a miscarriage last year. Moreover, the current pandemic situation also might cause problems as the couple is gearing up for their second child, a girl.
Expectedly due around June this year, it was previously reported that Meghan had been asked to avoid long-haul flights by her doctors. But sources now claim that "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.” Speaking to Daily Mail, the insider also added "Stress is the last thing Meghan needs right now.”
Meghan's mother Doria, a yoga instructor, has been described by the duchess as her 'best friend'. Doria is also reportedly spending a lot of time in the couple's new LA home and was 'really worried' about the couple in their lead-up to the big announcement of Megxit — where they both took a step back from the monarchy. That's when Doria allegedly became a pillar of support for the Sussex Royals.
Omid Scobie, a pro-Sussex biographer, also revealed that Doria had told Meghan she was 'stuck' in her Windsor home during her 2019 visit to the royals. She was immensely “relieved” that Meghan was “putting her mental health and wellbeing first” when the 'Suits' actress chose to step back from royal life last year along with her husband. Doria had always encouraged her daughter to take 'the road less traveled' throughout her childhood.
Harry too was happy about Meghan choosing to step back from royal life. His return to the UK comes in the wake of Prince Philip's death who died on April 9, at the age of 99, in his home. Harry didn't tag his family along as he "wants to make sure Meghan and the baby are healthy and not involved in stressful situations.” He will be staying in the UK for reportedly 'just a week' as the Duke of Sussex is also concerned. "Harry is already really missing Meghan and Archie and has been FaceTiming them every day to check in,” insiders had revealed. “He actually speaks to Meghan a few times a day because he worries [about] leaving her when she’s so far along in her pregnancy.”