Suicide prevention: ‘My brother faced stigma, red tape, long waiting times, under-resourced hospitals. In the end it was too much’
Suicide prevention: ‘My brother faced stigma, red tape, long waiting times, under-resourced hospitals. In the...

Amanda Cassidy

This Leeson St home on sale for €2 million is family-friendly but perfect for city living
This Leeson St home on sale for €2 million is family-friendly but perfect for city...

Megan Burns

You will not believe how they made THAT Zendaya Balmain dress
You will not believe how they made THAT Zendaya Balmain dress

Lauren Heskin

If you only see one film in the cinema this year, make it this powerful Irish feature
If you only see one film in the cinema this year, make it this powerful...

Meg Walker

Postpartum Psychosis: ‘It hit me completely out of the blue’
Postpartum Psychosis: ‘It hit me completely out of the blue’

Amanda Cassidy

4 Irish female bosses on getting organised, confidence and the importance of creativity
4 Irish female bosses on getting organised, confidence and the importance of creativity

Shayna Sappington

Two beauty industry stalwarts have teamed up to save cruelty-free cosmetics in Europe
Two beauty industry stalwarts have teamed up to save cruelty-free cosmetics in Europe

Sarah Finnan

Why negotiating a ‘jobbymoon’ before you start your new job is actually a great idea
Why negotiating a ‘jobbymoon’ before you start your new job is actually a great idea

Erin Lindsay

Skin Proud is Glossier’s new 100% vegan and cruelty-free competitor
Skin Proud is Glossier’s new 100% vegan and cruelty-free competitor

Sarah Finnan

The dos and don’ts of supporting someone who might be suicidal
The dos and don’ts of supporting someone who might be suicidal

Erin Lindsay

Image / Agenda / Breaking Stories

Of course Meghan Markle isn’t going to the funeral. Would you?


by Holly O'Neill
14th Apr 2021

Read time: 6 minutes

CBS/YouTube

blank

Pretty much as soon as it was announced that Prince Philip passed away last Friday at the age of 99, the memes about how Meghan Markle would be blamed began.

Naturally, the Daily Mail were quick to suggest that the end of Prince Phillip’s life was blighted by “the bitter fallout from Harry and Meghan’s decision to quit ‘the firm’”, which most tabloids quickly followed suit with. Piers Morgan, who recently left a career as a Meghan Markle reporter on Good Morning Britain to become a full-time Meghan Markle reporter at the Daily Mail and who once called Prince Phillip “the rudest human ever” wrote a loving tribute and list of Prince Phillip’s ‘rules’ for royalty that included “stay off Oprah.”

Next, the speculation began about whether or not she’d be at the funeral. If she had said she was going, it’s reasonable to assume that they’d have said she was attention-seeking. The Herald said that she would “embarrass herself beside Prince Philip’s grave” as it would “invite the world to compare what we’re burying with what’s left behind.”

The hysterics began again when it was announced that Meghan, who is in the third trimester of her pregnancy, would not be attending. A Buckingham Palace spokesperson issued a statement saying that”The Duke of Sussex is planning to attend. The Duchess of Sussex has been advised by her physician not to travel.”

Now she’s not going, The Sun claim that a friend of Meghan’s say it’s because she “didn’t want to be the centre of attention.” Cut to the headline ‘Meghan Markle ‘should be quiet’ if not wanting to be ‘centre of attention’ at Philip’s funeral, blasts royal expert.’

As always, damned if she did and damned if she didn’t.

Of course, entirely left out is the fact that Meghan Markle has plenty of reasons not to travel. Firstly, it’s invasive to demand anything of a pregnant woman in her third trimester. Most importantly, she was advised not to by her doctor. Meghan is at higher risk of complications, with her being 39. She sparked a global movement of solidarity when she was open about her struggles with miscarriage, writing in the New York Times that she was “carrying an almost unbearable grief, experienced by many but talked about by few.”

We are in a global health pandemic. Travelling would be physically stressful, potentially dangerous, especially on a 10+ hour flight and never mind mentally stressful with the eyes of the world on her and pens poised to criticise every movement.

She knows that any appearance of hers, particularly this one, is likely to be desecrated for days in the tabloids. She’s made it pretty clear that the stress of abuse while in the UK made her suicidal and told Oprah that it was “almost un-survivable,” saying, “I just didn’t want to be alive anymore. And that was a very clear and real and frightening constant thought.”

Not to mention the various fallouts from the interview; how the royal family went out of their way not to support her and took away their security, how Buckingham Palace announced days before the interview’s release that it would investigate bullying allegations against Meghan from 2018 that had coincidentally resurfaced, how she asked for inpatient care for suicidal ideation and was told it “wouldn’t be good for the institution.”

Not forgetting that she’d have to meet every other family member and bloody cousin face to face after she made it clear to the world that the family had “concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born.”

So why would she go? She would be putting her own health at risk, her unborn child’s health at risk, her mental health at risk and opening up another chance for the media to repeatedly take stabs at her. No doubt, they’ll still find something at the funeral this weekend to blame on her, and for many more occasions to come.

Also Read

Miss Ireland Pamela Uba
BREAKING STORIES
The inspirational story of Pamela Uba, the newly crowned Miss Ireland

Recently crowned the new Miss Ireland, Pamela Uba came from South Africa as a refugee, spent 10 years in direct...

By Sarah Finnan

blank
CULTURE
A release date for season 3 of Succession has been announced

The darkly funny drama returns as the Roy family as each member attempts to make their way to the top...

By Jennifer McShane

blank
INTERIORS
Space-saving interiors accessories to make the most of your home

Give your home more room by making use of your walls with these chic and functional wall-mounted accessories.

By Lauren Heskin

Princess Diana
CULTURE
Memorial tributes to be created to honour Princess Diana’s 60th birthday

Despite the tumultuous year in the royal family, both Prince Harry and Prince William will honour their mother in a...

By Jennifer McShane

barbecue salads and sides
FOOD & DRINK
The best salads, sides and dips to level up your next barbecue

You have your go-to marinade for chicken and your favourite brand of sausages, but it’s the accompaniments that make a...

By Megan Burns

colourful home
INTERIORS
A beginner’s guide to bringing colour into your home

Read More...

By IMAGE

Zoë Kravitz
CULTURE
Zoë Kravitz: When did women’s nipples become such a societal taboo?

Can’t a woman just walk around New York City in peace? Some may be afforded that luxury but Zoë Kravitz...

By Sarah Finnan