Daily US Times: Prince Philip will be laid to rest on Saturday next week, in a ceremony that will be colorful and steeped in tradition, but low key by royal standards. A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said, Harry, the Duke of Sussex, will attend his grandfather’s funeral, but his wife, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, won’t be present.
The spokesperson said a doctor had advised the duchess, who is pregnant, against traveling to the UK, the spokesperson said. The couple are living in California.
Harry and Meghan gave an explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired in March. They told their side of the story in their rift with the royal family, making explosive allegations against the establishment and some of its members.
The long-standing funeral plans of Philip, the late husband to the UK’s Queen Elizabeth II, had been adapted to respect certain coronavirus restrictions, with all the usual elements that involve contact with the public removed.
The College of Arms, which oversees many ceremonial aspects of the royal family’s work, had earlier confirmed Prince Philip would not lie in state anywhere accessible to the public, which could have seen thousands of people lining up to view his coffin.
The current Covid-19 restriction in England limit the number of people who can attend funerals to 30.
In a nod to Duke of Edinburgh’s preference for driving himself, without a chauffeur, his coffin will be carried by a Land Rover from Windsor Castle to St. George’s Chapel, for the ceremony.