“It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty the Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,” the royal family said in a statement released at noon.
“Further announcements will be made in due course. The royal family joins with people around the world in mourning his loss.”
That is the venue where Harry and Meghan got married.
“The funeral will not be a state funeral and will not be preceded by a lying-in-state,” the College of Arms announced today.
“His Royal Highness’s body will lie at rest in Windsor Castle ahead of the funeral in St George’s Chapel. This is in line with custom and with His Royal Highness’s wishes.
“The funeral arrangements have been revised in view of the prevailing circumstances arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and it is regretfully requested that members of the public do not attempt to attend or participate in any of the events that make up the funeral.”
We do not yet know the date of the funeral.
Under the British government’s current coronavirus restrictions, no more than 30 people are allowed to attend funerals. The question is, will the Duke and Duchess of Sussex be among the mourners at Windsor Castle?
Harry and Meghan have not been back to the UK since they left in March of last year, having stepped back from their role as senior working royals. They currently live in California.
The Duke of Sussex was already due to return to Britain on July 1 to unveil a statue of his mother, Diana, alongside his brother Prince William. Meghan, who is pregnant with the couple’s second child, was not expected to accompany him.
Should the Sussexes decide to attend the funeral, it is unclear what kind of reception they could expect from the British people.
Harry and Meghan have frequently sparred with Buckingham Palace over the past year, and last month sat down for a high profile interview with Oprah Winfrey, in which they alleged the royals had prevented Meghan from seeking treatment for her mental health.
They also accused an unnamed senior royal of expressing “concerns” about the colour of their son Archie’s skin before he was born, though they stressed the individual in question was neither the Queen nor Prince Philip.
Any potential backlash against the couple might be limited by the understated nature of the Duke’s funeral.
“Clearly they have planned for a COVID funeral, and I know that Philip’s would be a pretty understated royal funeral compared to that which would be held for his wife,” Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty magazine, told The Sun.