A source close to Meghan Markle has recently revealed the real reason as to why she hasn't joined her husband, Prince Harry, in his trip back to the U.K to attend Prince Philip's funeral.
Here's the full story...
Now, it all started with a blind date.
via: Getty ImagesHarry and Meghan met back in 2016 when they were set up by a mutual friend who thought the two would hit it off.
And, in 2017, after a couple of months of privacy...
via: ShutterstockThe pair officially went public with their relationship.
The world quickly became Harry and Meghan obsessed.
via: ShutterstockAnd people were delighted to hear the news of their engagement later that year.
And, not ones to waste any time...
via: Getty ImagesThe couple officially tied the knot in May 2018.
Not long after the wedding, the newly appointed Duke and Duchess of Sussex had some more exciting news...
via: ShutterstockThey were expecting! On October 15th, 2018, the couple announced their pregnancy.
And, on May 6th, 2019...
via: Getty ImagesArchie Mountbatten-Windsor was welcomed into the world.
However, despite the fairytale narrative, Meghan hasn't had the easiest time during her transition into the royal family.
From the get-go, Meghan struggled with adapting to life as a royal, and endured a difficult time at the hands of the British press, who seemed deadset on scrutinizing her every move.
And last year, the couple decided that enough was enough.
Via Instagram, they announced that they would be officially stepping down as senior members of the royal family.
"After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as 'senior' members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen," the post read.
The couple also revealed a plan to provide a more "normal" upbringing for Archie.
“This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity," they wrote.
Well, they followed through with their big move to California in March last year...
And have resided there ever since.
Initially, both Meghan and Harry remained relatively under the radar...
Until last month, when they took part in hugely publicized interviews with the likes of James Corden and Oprah Winfrey.
A lot of tea was spilled in these televised appearances.
In Oprah's interview, both Meghan and Harry revealed many secrets from within the palace.
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It was claimed that senior members of the family had refused to get Meghan professional help when she was experiencing suicidal thoughts during her pregnancy with Archie.
Meghan also addressed that incident with her sister-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton.
Headlines were made in 2018 when Meghan allegedly "made Kate cry" in a row about bridesmaids' dresses in the days before her and Harry's wedding - well, in her chat with Oprah, Meghan claimed that Kate was the one to make her cry.
Though she did stress that Kate had apologized and that she had "forgiven her."
She also addressed the ongoing issues of racism within the monarchy.
Meghan claimed an unnamed senior member of the Royal family raised "concerns" about how dark Archie's skin would be before his birth.
"In those months when I was pregnant, all around this same time, so we have in tandem the conversation of, 'you won't be given security, not gonna be given a title' and also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he's born."
But now, just as the drama from those revelations have settled down somewhat...
There is a new talking point about the couple's absence from major royal events.
As you will all know, Prince Harry's grandfather and husband of the Queen, Prince Philip, passed away last week.
Harry, of course, immediately headed back to the U.K to attend his funeral, which is set to take place later this week - however, Meghan has remained in the U.S.
This decision was mainly due to Meghan being advised by doctors not to fly while pregnant in her third trimester...
However, a source close to the expectant mother has since claimed otherwise.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, an insider with close ties to Meghan claimed that she has chosen not to attend the funeral in an attempt "to not be the center of attention."
"Meghan said her main concern right now is supporting Harry. She said she left it up to him as to whether or not she would attend the funeral... Meghan said it's during these times when family should come together, put their differences aside and unite as one. She said this is what Prince Philip would want and that she's willing to forgive and move forward."
On top of this, Meghan reportedly sees Harry's solo trip as an opportunity to repair his relationship with his family.
The source claimed:
"Meghan said this is the opportune time for Henry to mend his relationship with his brother and his dad. She doesn't need to be there for that."
The Queen is apparently supportive of her decision to not attend the funeral.
"Meghan said attending or not attending Prince Philip's funeral isn't going to change her relationship with the Queen. She said the Queen understands her absence and would want her to stay safe and healthy for the baby," the friend said.
Prince Philip's funeral is set to take place on Saturday, April 17th, at Windsor Castle.