Sunrise host Edwina Bartholomew has unleashed on Meghan Markle after her friends claimed she wasn’t attending Prince Philip’s funeral because she ‘doesn’t want to be the centre of attention’.
The pregnant Duchess did not travel to England with Prince Harry to join his family in mourning ahead of the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral and instead opted to stay in Montecito, California.
In addition to not wanting the spotlight, a Buckingham Palace spokesperson previously confirmed that Meghan ‘has been advised by her physician not to travel’ because she is around six months pregnant.
Bartholomew was less than impressed by the recent revelations from Ms Markle’s friends, telling Sunrise it ‘really gets my goat’.
‘I’ve reserved judgment about those two for quite some time, but if that is true, it just makes me so angry,’ she said.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry walk behind Prince Philip, who died on Friday
‘I still liked Harry and Meghan, I just, I just feel I’ve turned now.’
The Sunrise host made the comments on Wednesday morning after the breakfast show aired a story about Ms Markle, ahead of Saturday’s funeral at Windsor Castle.
David Koch then jumped in and compared Ms Markle to Yoko Ono, who was married to John Lennon of The Beatles.
‘She’s the Yoko Ono of the Royal Family,’ he said.
Bartholomew agreed Ms Markle would have cropped criticism no matter what she decided to do for the funeral in the wake of her bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.
‘I mean she’s right, if she had gone, there would have been a lot of tension on her and it would have distracted,’ she said.
‘But for them to say that out loud… just go with the Palace line wouldn’t you just for once.
‘Just shut up.’
Sunrise host Edwina Bartholomew unleashed on Meghan Markle after her friends claimed she wasn’t attending Prince Philip’s funeral because she ‘doesn’t want to be the centre of attention’
Bartholomew concluded that Ms Markle and Prince Harry should have just pretended her choice to stay in the U.S. was purely based off doctors orders.
Ms Markle has also said she is ‘ready to forgive’ the Royal Family despite telling Oprah they were racist towards Archie and ignored her mental health problems, a friend exclusively told DailyMail.com.
‘Meghan said her main concern right now is supporting Harry. She said she left it up to him as to whether or not she would attend the funeral,’ an insider with close ties to Meghan Markle tells DailyMail.com.
‘Meghan said it’s during these times when family should come together, put their differences aside and unite as one. She said this is what Prince Philip would want and that she’s willing to forgive and move forward.’
While it’s possible that Meghan could fly to the UK to join Harry before Saturday’s funeral, the insider added that her mother Doria is ‘adamant’ that she not travel while pregnant.
‘Doria insisted that Meghan stay behind and support Harry from afar. Like Harry, Doria is very protective of Meghan and doesn’t want to see her putting her own health at risk. Stress is the last thing Meghan needs right now.’
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are pictured during their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey
The Susssexes are expecting their second child – a girl – this summer.
Harry gave a light-hearted tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh on Monday after his death at the age of 99 and declared: ‘He was my grandpa: master of the barbecue, legend of banter, and cheeky right ’til the end.’
Harry said: ‘He has been a rock for Her Majesty The Queen with unparalleled devotion, by her side for 73 years of marriage, and while I could go on, I know that right now he would say to all of us, beer in hand, ”Oh do get on with it!”.’
The Royal Family’s Twitter page shared a picture with the Queen and Prince Philip along with a moving quote from the monarch about her husband from a speech she made celebrating their golden wedding anniversary in 1997.
In the speech, looking back at their then 50 year marriage, she said: ‘He has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years, and I, and his whole family, and this and many other countries, owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim, or we shall ever know.’
Bartholomew concluded that Ms Markle and Prince Harry should have just pretended her choice to stay in the U.S. was purely based off doctors orders