Meghan Markle 'Also Grieving Loss of a Family Member' | 22 Words

Meghan Markle is also "grieving the loss of a family member" from her home in Los Angeles as it has been reported that she and Prince Philip actually had a close relationship.

She even sent her own special tribute for the funeral. Here are all the details...

Now, the dreaded news broke on the morning of Friday, April 9th.

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Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, had sadly passed away at the age of ninety-nine.

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 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...

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And he was by the Queen's side throughout her 6 decades of reign, as well as seventy-three years of marriage.

Utterly heartbreaking.

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

Among those were, of course, 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," 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.

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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."

"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."

"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'"

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.​

The funeral was televised all around the world...

And people were left saddened to see the Queen sitting alone as she said goodbye to her husband of seventy-three years.

Prince Harry was also in attendance after flying to London from his home in Los Angeles...

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And he walked in progression along with his father, Prince Charles, brother Prince William, and other senior royals.

Sadly, Meghan Markle was unable to attend after being advised to not fly while in her third trimester of pregnancy...

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But she ensured she sent her own personal message in memory of her grandfather-in-law.

According to Harper's Bazaar, Meghan sent a beautiful wreath and a handwritten note that was laid at the funeral.

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The carefully selected flowers bore significance as they include acanthus mollis (known as bear's breeches), the national flower of Greece to represent Prince Philip's family heritage. It also included eryngium, known as sea holly, to acknowledge his time in the Royal Marines.

Campanula was featured, which is said to symbolize gratitude and everlasting love, lavender to signify devotion, rosemary to symbolize remembrance, and roses in tribute to June, the month in which the Duke was born.

And it has been reported that Meghan is also "grieving the loss" of a close family member.

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A close friend has claimed Meghan was actually very close with the late Prince Philip and she was upset she couldn't attend the funeral alongside her husband.

The source said:

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"Although Meghan isn't here, she is of course supporting Harry.... her mind is very much on the situation over here. We know that she's supporting Harry in this very difficult week for him, but she'll also be sad because this is also the loss of a family member for her."

They continued:

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"She grew very close to the queen and Prince Philip over the recent years. It was probably her strongest relationship within the family and those relations then get smaller this week."

Rest in Peace, Prince Philip.

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