The Royal Family were allegedly "quietly pleased" that a pregnant Meghan Markle missed Prince Philip's funeral as they "didn't want a circus", according to the authors of an updated book.
Finding Freedom, an unofficial account of the Sussexes' break from the Royal Family, quotes one royal source saying that the royals didn't want "the Duchess creating a spectacle".
Prince Harry was able to return from the couple's California mansion to mourn his grandfather who passed away in April aged 99.
Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand's updated book, which the Sussexes had no part in, claims that Meghan made "every effort" to return too, but that doctors wouldn't allow it as she was so heavily pregnant with the couple's second child Lilibet.
With the book being re-released with an updated epilogue next week, the Independent has revealed new claims by the authors.
They allege that several members of the Royal Family were "understood to be 'quietly pleased'" with Meghan's absence as they "didn't want a circus".
One royal source in the book states they wanted to avoid "the Duchess creating a spectacle".
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HarperCollins, the publishers of the book, said last month that the epilogue edition will include: "Behind the scenes of Harry and Meghan's groundbreaking interview with Oprah, details behind the couple's move to California (and) the various philanthropic and business endeavours the Sussexes have been involved with since their move and what's to come with Archewell Productions."
It also promises to cover: "The continuous challenges the couple face regarding privacy and the British press (and) the heartbreak the couple felt over Prince Philip's death."
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An extract from the new epilogue was recently published in PEOPLE magazine.
It claims that Harry only booked a one-way ticket to the UK for Philips's funeral, hoping that his family could come together after this tough period.
This was just weeks after the Sussexes' explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey in which the pair made various claims about the royals.
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Among other things, Harry claimed that brother William and father Charles were "trapped" and Meghan alleged that there were concerns over the skin colour of their son Archie.
Regarding Harry's trip home the extract reads: "There was a feeling that this trip might also present an opportunity to come together and talk without the filter of staff as go-betweens, a number of whom the Sussexes had come to discover were behind many of the media leaks they dealt with as working royals."
It goes on to claim that Harry and William had several chats over the course of the trip, but that Harry and Charles' differences remain unresolved.
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