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Why Meghan Markle won't be at Prince Philip's funeral

 Meghan is pregnant with their second child (Image: AFP via Getty Images)

The pregnant Duchess of Sussex has been advised by her doctor not to travel to the UK for the funeral, but the Duke of Sussex will attend, a Palace spokesman said.

The Duke of Sussex will make the journey from the couple's home in California and will be following Covid-19 protocols for the trip, as well as during his visit.

It is understood that Meghan, who is pregnant with her second child, had made every effort to join her husband but was not given clearance to travel by her doctor.

The duke and duchess posted a tribute to Philip on the website of their foundation Archewell on Friday.

It reads simply: "In loving memory of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh 1921-2021

"Thank you for your service... You will be greatly missed."

It was posted against a sombre brown background.

 Harry and Philip watch a fly-past together from the balcony of Buckingham Palace in 2014 (Image: Getty Images)

Harry has not returned to the UK since stepping down as a senior royal just over a year ago.

It also be the first time he has seen his family in person since his and Meghan's bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey - in which they accused the royal family of racism and the institution failing to support a suicidal Meghan.

Mourners coming from outside England are required to self-isolate from arrival and for the first full 10 days after they arrive.

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But Harry will be entitled to leave his place of self-isolation on compassionate grounds to attend the funeral.

He could also be released from quarantine if he gets a negative private test on day five under the Test to Release scheme.

Prince Philip died at Windsor castle on Friday morning, Buckingham Palace announced shortly after 12pm.

The Duke of Edinburgh had been reunited with the Queen weeks earlier after a 28 night stay at a London hospital.

Having recently been treated for a pre-existing heart condition and an infection, his death came just two months before his 100th birthday.

A statement from Buckingham Palace said: “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.

"His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle."

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