Public Weighs In on Whether Pregnant Meghan Should Fly with Harry for Prince Philip's Funeral
Users on Twitter are divided on whether Meghan Markle should attend Prince Philip's funeral later this month with her husband, Prince Harry.
His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, passed away on Friday, April 9, 2021. His funeral is scheduled for later this week, and Twitter has been abuzz with users weighing on whether Meghan Markle should attend.
Prince Harry will be in attendance at his grandfather's funeral, which will take place on April 17. Procedures have been put in place, including a several-day quarantine, and he will be tested for COVID-19 ahead of the event.
Markle, who is currently pregnant with her second child, will not be making the 11-hour flight to the UK in order to attend Prince Philip's funeral, as her physician has advised her not to travel.
Twitter users seem divided on whether she should attend. Many agreed that air travel is a risk for her, as she is 39-years-old and suffered a miscarriage last year. One passionate user tweeted:
"Something about Meghan not going to Prince Philip's funeral that should be remembered is HER LAST PREGNANCY ENDED IN A MISCARRIAGE. "
Meghan is heavily pregnant after suffering a miscarriage last year. She's also 39 and probably high risk. And add in a global pandemic. Do you think Meghan going to risk her health and unborn child health for a funeral? This is Harry's family, not hers. Harry attending.— ✨April A Brown💋❣️ (@AprilABrown1) April 11, 2021
Markle revealed in an opinion piece that she had experienced a miscarriage with the Sussexes' second child in March 2020. The moving piece shared her heartbreak, the pain it caused as well as other personal details.
It seems many users on Twitter are sensitive to the fact that her pregnancy is high risk due to her age and past miscarriage. Another user tweeted that Markle should not travel as she is already in her third trimester.
The Daily Mail received mixed messages on whether mourners felt Markle should attend.
Meghan is in her 3rd trimester. She won't and shouldn't travel.— sarah s. (@sweetpea_1129) April 10, 2021
One user shared all the reasons why it would not be wise for Markle to travel, including the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. They asked whether she would risk the life of her unborn child to attend a funeral.
The poster also added that it was Prince Harry's family and not Markle's, so he is attending. Of course, other users wrote that they believed Markle should be in attendance. One tweet read:
"Out of respect, Meghan should go. They could fly in a private plane."
So, Meghan Markle can fly whilst pregnant to New York for a baby shower but not for the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh? 🤔— Dan Miller (@dmillerpb) April 11, 2021
Another user questioned why Markle could attend a baby shower heavily pregnant and not Prince Philip''s funeral. Others were also quick to point out that Markle attended the baby shower when she was pregnant with Archie.
One user explained that although she did attend a baby shower while she was over seven months pregnant with Archie, she had a miscarriage in between her pregnancies that changed her possibility of flying.
Something about Meghan not going to Prince Philip's funeral that should be remembered is HER LAST PREGNANCY ENDED IN A MISCARRIAGE.— Ellie Hall (@ellievhall) April 11, 2021
Yes, she attended a baby shower at 7.5 months w/ Archie. But she lost a child between these pregnancies. That changes things.
The Daily Mail received mixed messages on whether mourners felt Markle should attend. They asked mourners their opinions on the situation, with many unsure whether she should attend.
The public's consensus in the UK and many Twitter users is that Prince Harry should attend the funeral, and many people are pleased that he will be attending and spending time with his family.