Meghan Markle Fans Furious as People Accuse Duchess of Using Philip's Funeral as a 'PR Stunt' | 22 Words

Meghan Markle has once again angered the British public, with many accusing her of pulling a "PR stunt."

And it's all because of one specific gesture...

Now, her fans have spoken out in her defense...

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After she received fowl messages from the general public amid Prince Philip's funeral.

Now, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, tragically passed just over a week ago...

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On the morning of Friday, April 9.

The news of Philip's death was announced in a statement by the royal family.

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"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 join 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.

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And he was by the Queen's side throughout her 6 decades of reign.

But of course, it was no secret that Philip had been unwell for quite some time now...

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Prince Philip's health had been slowly deteriorating for the past few years.

Philip was admitted to hospital in London on February, 16 after feeling unwell.

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While admitted, he had a successful procedure for a pre-existing heart condition.

He was discharged just a matter of weeks ago, after his longest stay in hospital.

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Many thought his discharge was positive news but sadly, it seems this was not the case.

Prince Philip died on April 9, aged ninety-nine.

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He was just months short of celebrating his hundredth birthday.

As the news broke of Philip's death, tributes from around the world came flooding in...

Among those were tributes from members of the royal family.

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Philip's son, Prince Charles, was the first family member to speak about the loss.

Speaking from his Highgrove home, Prince Charles said:

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"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."

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"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.

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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."

"I feel lucky to have not just had his example to guide me, but his enduring presence well into my own adult life – both through good times and the hardest days. I will always be grateful that my wife had so many years to get to know my grandfather and for the kindness he showed her."

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"I will never take for granted the special memories my children will always have of their great-grandpa coming to collect them in his carriage and seeing for themselves his infectious sense of adventure as well as his mischievous sense of humour!"

"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.

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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."

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"He has been a rock for Her Majesty The Queen with unparalleled devotion, by her side for 73 years of marriage, and while I could go on, I know that right now he would say to all of us, beer in hand, 'Oh do get on with it!'"

"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."

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"'Per Mare, Per Terram'"

Of course, many questions have been raised in regards to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's attendance at Prince Philip's funeral.

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As the couple now reside in California.

Well, Harry almost immediately made plans to fly to the UK.

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He reportedly touched down at Heathrow airport before he was rushed to Kensington Palace where he was required to quarantine.

Meghan Markle did not join Harry in the UK after doctors advised against her making a transatlantic flight.

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Meghan is currently heavily pregnant with their second child.

Although that didn't stop her from sending a wreath to Prince Philip's funeral...

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But many accused the duchess of using the funeral as a publicity stunt.

Fans have since rallied around the Duchess in her defense.

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Commentator Daniela Elsa accused Meghan of leaking details about her wreath.

And many jumped on board. Although others took to social media to praise her for the gesture.

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One person tweeted: "Meghan Markle accused of 'bewildering PR stunt' over wreath at Philip's funeral. To whoever this person is. This ignorant, hateful person who does not like Duchess of Sussex, just proves it doesn't matter what she does, gets attacked, YES attacked."

Someone else said: "If ... it had transpired... that Meghan had NOT sent a wreath."

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"Run that scenario, what would you say then?"

Another added: "Meghan is gracious, handwriting her condolences with a lovely thought-out very personal wreath."

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"The Royal Family members who are not as gracious look and learn. Doria instilled in Meghan generosity of spirit.

"A lady through and through."

Another social media user tweeted: "This is vintage Meghan."

"Thoughtful sophisticated and a lesson in how to make a wreath totally representative of the recipient. Not just random flowers thrown together."

​Clearly, a lot of thought has gone into her actions...

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