Royal sources have revealed that Meghan Markle spoke to the Queen on the day of Prince Philip's funeral.
And people have a lot to say about it...
As we all know, Meghan Markle was advised not to attend the funeral.
But it has been revealed both Meghan and Archie spoke to the Queen before the service.
Read on for the full story...
The news of Philip's death was released the morning of Friday, April 9th...
The Duke passed away at the age of ninety-nine.
This was followed by a statement from the royal family.
"It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh," it read.
"His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. The Royal Family joins with people around the world in mourning his loss. Further announcements will be made in due course."
Prince Philip was the longest-serving royal consort in British history...
And he was by the Queen's side throughout her 6 decades of reign, as well as seventy-three years of marriage.
Members of the royal family began posting emotional tributes online shortly after Philip's death was announced...
And Philip's son, Prince Charles, was the first family member to speak about the loss.
Speaking from his Highgrove home, the future King of England said:
"My dear Papa was a very special person who I think above all else would have been amazed by the reaction and the touching things that have been said about him, and from that point of view we are, my family, deeply grateful for all that. As you can imagine, my family and I miss my father enormously," he said.
"He was a much loved and appreciated figure and apart from anything else, I can imagine, he would be so deeply touched by the number of other people here and elsewhere around the world and the Commonwealth, who also I think, share our loss and our sorrow."
Following in his father's footsteps, Prince William penned a touching letter to his late grandfather.
Sharing it on Instagram alongside a picture of Prince Philip and great-grandson, Prince George, William wrote: "My grandfather's century of life was defined by service – to his country and Commonwealth, to his wife and Queen, and to our family."
"My grandfather was an extraordinary man and part of an extraordinary generation. Catherine and I will continue to do what he would have wanted and will support The Queen in the years ahead," he continued.
"I will miss my Grandpa, but I know he would want us to get on with the job."
Prince Harry also followed suit, issuing a personal statement on the Archewell Foundation website.
In the statement, titled "In loving memory of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh," Harry wrote:
"My grandfather was a man of service, honor, and great humor. He was authentically himself, with a seriously sharp wit, and could hold the attention of any room due to his charm — and also because you never knew what he might say next. He will be remembered as the longest-reigning consort to the Monarch, a decorated serviceman, a Prince, and a Duke. But to me, like many of you who have lost a loved one or grandparent over the pain of this past year, he was my grandpa: master of the barbecue, legend of banter, and cheeky right 'til the end."
"So, on that note, Grandpa, thank you for your service, your dedication to Granny, and for always being yourself. You will be sorely missed, but always remembered—by the nation and the world. Meghan, Archie, and I (as well as your future great-granddaughter) will always hold a special place for you in our hearts."
"'Per Mare, Per Terram'"
Philip's funeral went ahead on Saturday, April 17th, at Windsor Castle...
And although only thirty guests could attend due to COVID-19 restrictions, it was both a special and emotional day for the Duke's send-off.
And despite her absence, Meghan Markle spoke to the queen on the morning of the event...
The Duchess of Sussex also spoke with Prince Harry before the funeral, as she "knows the trip to England has been difficult for him."
And people have a lot to say...
Prince Harry returned home to California this week...
Missing the Queen's ninety-fifth birthday yesterday.
He was seen leaving the private terminal at LAX...
Prince Harry returns home from London to Montecito one day before Queen's birthday and with family row unresolved - after meeting only once with his father and William following Philip's funeral- pic.twitter.com/8Rjm2sJ7eL— Blanche Victoria (@tammytabby) April 21, 2021
And was spotted again arriving at the Montecito mansion at around 4 pm.
The source told the publication:
"Meghan and Harry have been in touch every day. She knows the trip to England has been difficult for Harry. He didn't want to leave Meghan and Archie alone. Meghan has insisted to him every day though that they are fine. She hasn't wanted him to worry."
They added: "Meghan spoke with Harry before his grandfather's funeral. Meghan and Archie also spoke with the Queen earlier this week."
Read on for more on Meghan and Harry...