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Queen Elizabeth’s True Feelings About Prince Phillip’s Death Revealed in New Book

"This book uncovers an astonishing story of love, betrayal, secrets, and revenge."

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Queen Elizabeth II is always stoic, but a new book reveals her real feelings about her husband’s death and subsequent funeral — and many of them are surprising even the most avid royal fans. In the book, titled Revenge: Meghan, Harry and the War Between the Windsors, British author Tom Bower reveals the Queen’s reaction to Meghan Markle not attending the funeral, and examines her emotional state as she laid her husband to rest. Here are three things we were surprised to learn in the latest — and possibly most incendiary — book about the royal family.

The Queen was glad Meaghan Markle didn’t attend Prince Phillip’s funeral (allegedly).

Prince Philip’s passing in April 2021 at 99 years old led to the royal family gathering to say their final goodbyes. Meghan couldn’t join the funeral as she was too far along in her pregnancy to fly. “Meghan will be staying in California. She can’t go on doctor’s orders,” a source told US Weekly.

This meant that Prince Harry would have to attend the funeral solo — facing his family for the first time following his bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview. However, Bower alleges that the Queen was pleased about this news. “’Thank goodness Meghan is not coming,’ the monarch said in a clear voice to her trusted aides,” he writes in the book.

The funeral is considered ‘One of the saddest days of her life.’

Prince Philip and the Queen’s marriage spanned over 70 years before his passing. COVID-19 and Philip’s wish for a “fuss-free” funeral affected how the monarch grieved her late husband on this emotional day.

“In Windsor Castle the Queen was preparing to face the public on one of the saddest days of her life,” he adds. “Philip had been her rock for the previous 70 years. To comply with COVID restrictions she would grieve alone inside the chapel.”

Harry’s attendance involved certain conditions.

In 2020, Harry and Meghan stepped back from roles as senior working royals. Harry’s new status as a private citizen meant adhering to certain conditions during the funeral.

“As a private citizen stripped of his military titles he could not dress in uniform…To avoid any problems with [Prince] William, the brothers were separated as they walked towards St. George’s Chapel by their cousin Peter Phillips,” Bower says.

These excerpts set the stage for the royal read, which will be released this Thursday, July 21. A book description from the Amazon UK page says that it “uncovers an astonishing story of love, betrayal, secrets and revenge.” 

One thing’s for sure: Royal fans will have plenty to talk about with this juicy read.

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