Meghan Markle and Prince Harry reached out directly to Queen Elizabeth following the death of her husband, Prince Philip, an insider reveals.
“Meghan and Harry were told about his grandfather’s passing by his father, Prince Charles, before the news was made public. The first thing they did was call the Queen and check in on her,” a source exclusively tells The Royal Observer. “Meghan just picked up the phone and called. It might not have been the right thing to do, and it may not follow protocol, but she didn’t care. When another human being is hurting, you reach out to them.”
Insiders add that although the family would have welcomed Meghan at the funeral, but there is some relief that she will not be attending.
“This isn’t the right time for them all to get together and discuss Meghan and Harry’s feelings,” the insider explains. “This isn’t about Meghan or Harry, which is why pregnant Meghan not being able to attend is a blessing. Although, it should be noted that she did manage to fly to New York when she was seven months pregnant with Archie and attend her star-studded baby shower.”
Harry will be isolating by himself at Frogmore Cottage, which is on the grounds of Windsor estate.
This isn’t the first time Meghan has picked up the phone and called the Queen directly. She revealed to Oprah Winfrey that she didn’t hesitate to contact Queen Elizabeth after learning the Duke was hospitalized in February.
"This morning, I woke up earlier than H and saw a note from someone on our team in the U.K. saying that the Duke of Edinburgh had gone to the hospital," Meghan said to Winfrey. "But I just picked up the phone and I called the Queen just to check in."
"That's what we do," she explained. "Being able to default to not having to every moment go, 'Is that appropriate?'"
Harry added, "For so many in my family, what they do is there's a level of control in that because they're fearful of what the papers are going to say about them."
"Whereas with us it was just like, just be yourself," the Duke of Sussex said. "Just be genuine. Just be authentic. If you get it wrong, get it wrong, if you get it right, you get it right."