Royal family attends Prince Philip’s memorial without Meghan, Harry

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were no-shows Tuesday morning as the royal family honored the late Prince Philip at his memorial service.

Queen Elizabeth II was escorted by her embattled son Prince Andrew to the Service of Thanksgiving to honor the Duke of Edinburgh at Westminster Abbey.

Also seen by the 95-year-old Queen’s side during the service was son Prince Charles and his wife Camilla Parker Bowles, as well as Princess Anne and Prince Edward.

Fresh off their controversial Caribbean tour, Prince William and Kate Middleton also attended along with their son Prince George, 8, and daughter Princess Charlotte, 6. Their youngest, 3-year-old Prince Louis, was not there.

“The Service in particular paid tribute to The Duke of Edinburgh’s contribution to public life and steadfast support for the over 700 charitable organisations with which His Royal Highness was associated throughout his life,” the royal family wrote in a statement shared to Instagram on Tuesday.

They added in another post, “His Royal Highness led an extraordinary life – seeing active service in the Second World War as a Naval Officer, supporting The Queen as consort for over 60 years, and pursuing his many interests and convictions through his hugely varied patronages.

Prince Philip died at the age of 99 in April 2021 after being married to the Queen for 73 years.

Page Six exclusively reported that Harry and Markle would not be making it to the London-based service, with a spokesperson for the Sussexes telling us earlier this month that Harry “hopes to visit his grandmother as soon as possible.”

Markle and Harry have been embroiled in a legal fight with the Home Office about the Duke of Sussex’s protection in his homeland.

The two have been living in the US since their move to California in March 2020.

Meanwhile, Prince Andrew was expected to attend the service, having settled his sex abuse case this month. The service was his first public appearance since the case closed.

The memorial also marked the Queen’s first public appearance since her recovery from COVID-19.


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