Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Reportedly Won't Attend Prince Philip's Memorial Service

They haven't been back in the U.K. together since 2020.

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Royal well-wishers that were hoping for a royal family reunion later this month are in for a bit of disappointment. Rumors that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle would return to England for Prince Philip's memorial service have been circulating for months, but the Sussexes confirmed that they'll be staying put on American soil for now. Harry has been requesting security services for his family during the trip, but it appears that he and the other royals haven't been able to reach an agreement.

"The Duke will not be returning to the UK in late March, but hopes to visit his grandmother as soon as possible," a statement to Page Six reads.

Prince Philip passed away last April and his memorial service will be held at Westminster Abbey on March 29. Prince Charles, Prince William, and the queen are expected to attend. Harry and Meghan had originally planned on making an appearance, along with their daughter Lilibet and 2-year-old son Archie, but they are "unable to return to his home" because it is too dangerous, according to a legal representative. Last summer, when he made a planned visit at the WellChild children's charity in London, he was mobbed by paparazzi.

Though Harry and Meghan may not attend together, there could be a chance that Harry makes the trip solo, like he did for Philip's funeral back in April 2021. Representatives for the Sussexes claim that Harry has made two requests for security to the U.K. government, including offering to pay for it himself, but both were denied.

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