Buckingham Palace: Prince Harry will attend the ‘ceremonial royal funeral’ of his grandfather Prince Philip

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Buckingham Palace has revealed that Prince Harry will attend the funeral of his grandfather Prince Philip, husband of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, which will be held next Saturday.

A spokesman for the British Royal Palace said: “We will confirm the guest list on Thursday, what I can tell people is that the Duke of Sussex plans to attend.”

Megan, Duchess of Sussex, who is expecting her second child this summer, was “advised by her doctor not to travel to the UK” from California, where they live.

The Queen approved a ceremony adapted from the plan approved by the Duke of Edinburgh years ago, due to the constraints of the epidemic. The Duke of Edinburgh will be buried at a private funeral at St George’s Church in Windsor, or what is known as the “Royal Ceremonial Funeral”, and there will be no press presence.

The spokesman explained that official funerals under the Royal Protocol are usually reserved for kings, so the Duke’s funeral will be similar to that of the Queen Mother in 2002.

The amended arrangements were made through “close consultation” with the Government and public health officials to meet social spacing guidelines allowing 30 people to attend the funeral. Crowds will be dissuaded from gathering before Saturday. The Queen only asked the royal family to celebrate two weeks of royal mourning from yesterday, when the Duke died, for two weeks until Thursday, April 22.

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