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Meghan Markle sent special gift to the Queen on heartbreaking day - see hidden meaning

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex couldn't attend Prince Philip's funeral

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Nichola Murphy
Nichola MurphyDeputy Lifestyle Editor
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A service of Thanksgiving for the life of Prince Philip is set to take place on 29 March at Westminster Abbey, almost one year after he sadly passed away.

SEE: Prince Philip's funeral: The most moving photos from the day

For the heartbreaking occasion, royals including the Queen are set to be in attendance – but two members of the family who will likely be remembering the Duke of Edinburgh in private are Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

WATCH: Prince William and Prince Harry walk together following Prince Philip's funeral

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are unable to attend the memorial in person, so it's possible they will choose to pay tribute to Harry's late grandfather from their Montecito home with their two children, Archie and Lilibet.

Last year, Prince Harry was one of 30 guests at the funeral service due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Meghan was advised by doctors not to travel during her second pregnancy – however, she still ensured she sent a very special gift to Her Majesty to prove she was in her thoughts.

READ: Prince Andrew to attend Prince Philip memorial alongside the Queen and other royals

MORE: How the royal family united at Prince Philip's funeral - their most heartbreaking day this year

The Duchess sent an eye-catching, colourful wreath that stood out amongst the stunning white wreaths from the royal family, which were pictured lying against the pews inside St George's Chapel

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Meghan and Harry's purple wreath (second from right) was pictured inside St George's Chapel

The wreath, which was accompanied by a handwritten note from the Duchess, was made up of a variety of bright purple and blue locally sourced flowers – each of which had been thoughtfully selected. 

Created by one of their favourite florists, Willow Crossley, the royal couple specifically asked for the wreath to include acanthus mollis (bear's breeches), the national flower of Greece to represent Prince Philip's heritage, and eryngium (sea holly) to represent the Royal Marines.

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Prince Harry with his family at Prince Philip's funeral

The wreath also featured campanula to represent gratitude and everlasting love, rosemary to signify remembrance, lavender for devotion, and roses in honour of June being Philip's birth month.

Willow Crossley also did the flower arrangements for the couple's evening wedding reception in Frogmore Gardens in 2018, their son Archie's christening in 2019, and the launch event for the Hubb Community cookbook at Kensington Palace.

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The Queen sat by herself at the funeral

Harry flew from America to the UK and self-isolated at Frogmore Cottage ahead of the service, while Meghan stayed at their home in Santa Barbara, California with their son, Archie. 

The Duke joined family members including the Queen, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, Princess Anne and Prince Andrew, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Peter Philips, Zara and Mike Tindall, Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, and Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank.

MORE: The Queen's subtle tribute to Prince Philip in her Windsor Castle living room

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