Prince Philip Might’ve Skipped Seeing Prince Harry and Meghan Markle During Their Final Royal Engagements

It’s the end of an era for the British royal family. After living his entire life in the spotlight, Prince Harry has said goodbye to royal life. The duke along with this wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex have resigned from their roles as senior working members of the royal family.

Instead, they will be spending a good deal of their time in North America, focusing on their personal ventures, becoming financially independent, and seeking out a peaceful and more private life. This comes after two years of bullying and harassment that Meghan has endured at the hands of the British press and the public.

Though the British royal family has publically supported the Sussexes’ decision, their apparent frosty demeanor at the duke and duchess’ final royal engagement seems to hint that there is no love lost. In fact, it seems like Prince Philip didn’t even see the Sussexes when they were in the U.K.

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This afternoon, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on Commonwealth Day, alongside Her Majesty The Queen and Members of The Royal Family. The Commonwealth is a global network of 54 countries, working in collaboration towards shared economic, environmental, social and democratic goals, and the Service today seeks to highlight the vast community which spans every geographical region, religion and culture, embracing diversity amongst its population of 2.4 billion people, of which 60 percent are under 30 years old. As President and Vice-President of the @Queens_Commonwealth_Trust, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been passionate advocates of the Commonwealth having spent many years working closely with the next generation of Commonwealth leaders. The theme of the Commonwealth for 2020 is ‘Delivering A Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming', placing emphasis on youth, the environment, trade, governance, and ICT (Information and Communications Technology) and innovation. From working to protect the earth's natural resources and preserving the planet for generations to come, to championing fair trade and empowering the youth of today to transform the communities of tomorrow, the Service celebrates the Commonwealth's continued commitment to delivering a peaceful, prosperous and more sustainable future for all. Photo © PA

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Prince Philip is very fond of the Sussexes

Since his retirement from royal life in 2017, very little has been seen of Prince Philip. He spends most of his time at Sandrigum Estate, resting and enjoying his life. In fact, the last time he was seen in public was very briefly over the Christmas holiday in 2019.

Though he has not been out and about, the Duke of Edinburgh is known to be incredibly opinionated.  “I’m sure it’s been good for his health not to be there getting involved in the day-to-day stresses and strains but I think the queen has missed his hands-on approach to family matters,” a royal source explained to Express.

We do know that despite the British press and public’s treatment of the Duchess of Sussex, Prince Philip has always been fond of her and his beloved grandson, Prince Harry. “The Duke of Edinburgh really got on with her,” the source told Express. “He liked Meghan’s personality, so he felt it was OK if she dated his grandson. The reason he liked her was because she was very bold.”

Prince Philip was not happy with how Megxit played out

Despite his personal affection for the Sussexes, Prince Philip was not at all pleased with how Megxit played out. He was especially horrified with the royal couple blindsiding the royal family with their announcement.

“During his whole life the Duke has shown devotion to the Queen and service to the monarchy and it is likely he will have taken a dim view of Harry and Meghan’s recent activities,” royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams told Express. “These included releasing a statement saying they intended to step back as senior royals without warning the Queen and other senior royals. He may well have played a part in her decision not to allow them to use their royal titles or to perform royal duties part-time.”

Prince Philip likely did not see Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during their final royal engagements

At 98, Prince Philip is not one to be out and about. Since he is not pleased about Megxit, he likely did not meet with the Sussexes during their whirlwind royal goodbye. “I strongly doubt that he would have made a special appearance as he has a strong sense of duty and he would not have endorsed their wish for independence and certainly not the way they handled it” Fitzwilliams explained to Express. “He had his own struggles against at establishment figures who didn’t like him or want him involved in matters of state when she ascended the throne. His (Prince Philip) views may be from a different generation, but since he is 99 in June it would have been a charming gesture if Harry and Meghan had brought Archie to see him and the Queen, who, after all, is 94 in April.”

We know now that the Sussexes did not bring Archie with them due to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). Thankfully, they are expected to spend time with the queen and Prince Philip in Scotland this summer with Archie in tow.