On Saturday April 17 at 3 p.m., the funeral of Prince Philip, who died on April 9 at the age of 99, will begin. Covid requires, the ceremony will take place in a small committee, and only the close family of the Duke of Edinburgh will be present. Among the guests are obviously Prince William and Prince Harry, who will not walk next to each other during the funeral procession, according to the latest detailed information from the palace on Thursday. Indeed, the two brothers will be separated by their cousin Peter Phillips, the son of Princess Anne, who will stand in the middle. In the second procession inside St George’s Chapel, Prince William will stand alongside his cousin, while Prince Harry will walk behind with David Armstrong-Jones, son of Princess Margaret. “This is a change for practical reasons, rather than to send a signal,” said a spokesperson for Buckingham Palace before adding: “This is a funeral and we are not going not get caught up in perceptions of drama. The arrangements have been made and represent Her Majesty’s wishes. ” Due to the many upheavals that have taken place in recent months within the royal family, including the departure of Meghan and Harry to California, then their shock interview with Oprah Winfrey, this family reunion – the first in a year – will be without no doubt deciphered by the media around the world, although Meghan Markle is missing. Indeed, the Duchess of Sussex, pregnant with her second child, was invited by her doctors not to fly.
Prince Philip’s funeral: a ceremony governed by the Covid
In addition to a limited number of guests, they will all be required to wear masks and stand two meters from each other in the chapel, Buckingham Palace has reported. The palace also urged the public not to congregate in front of the royal buildings, in London or Windsor, to avoid the crowds in these troubled times.
Prince William and Prince Harry © AGENCE