Following the death of Prince Philip, who passed away on Friday at the age of 99, there has been an intense focus on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, with questions arising as to whether the couple will travel from the US to attend his funeral.
We now have an answer to that question, with reports from the Associated Press that Prince Harry will return to the UK for the service. Meghan, however, will not attend, as she is pregnant with their second child, and has been advised against travel by doctors.
The need to avoid traveling while pregnant and in the middle of a pandemic is surely a pretty good reason to stay away, however, there will surely still be some *cough Piers Morgan cough* who will manage to interpret this as some kind of royal snub on Meghan’s part.
The funeral will be a small affair, closed to the public and attended only by family members such as Prince Harry and brother Prince William. It will be held at Windsor Castle on April 17, and will strictly adhere to COVID-19 guidelines, in line with other UK funerals.
Prince Philip himself planned elements of the funeral, and his coffin will be transported in a specially-modified Land Rover that he helped design several years ago. A representative for the palace said:
“Although the ceremonial arrangements are reduced, the occasion will still celebrate and recognize the duke’s life and his more than 70 years of service to the Queen, the UK and the Commonwealth.”