The question on everyone's lips is whether Harry will attend.
A sad day for Royal followers. On April 9, 2021, the Duke of Edinburgh has died at the age of 99. A statement from Buckingham Palace said "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. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle."
It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) April 9, 2021
His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. pic.twitter.com/XOIDQqlFPn
During the current public health situation, Books of Condolence will not be available for the public to sign.
Members of the public wishing to express their condolences are encouraged to send a message to the Royal Family via the online Book of Condolence on their website. A selection of messages will be passed onto members of the Royal Family, and may be held in the Royal Archives for posterity.
An Online Book of Condolence is now available on the Royal website for those who wish to send a personal message of condolence: https://t.co/0w7Vd7kYq0— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) April 9, 2021
Visit https://t.co/utgjraQQv5 for updates from Buckingham Palace and information about The Duke of Edinburgh's life and work. pic.twitter.com/fkV4FTvhqI
It has been announced that Prince Philip will not have a state funeral and there will be no lying-in-state, in line with his wishes, the College of Arms says The Duke of Edinburgh will lie at rest in Windsor Castle before a royal ceremonial funeral.
The death of Queen Elizabeth II's husband is expected to mark the start of eight days of national mourning in the United Kingdom. However, with coronavirus lockdown restrictions in place, officials are discouraging the public from paying their respects. All official flags, including the Union Flag, will be flown at half-mast from now until 08:00 on the day following the funeral. The College of Arms, which is responsible for helping to arrange state events and ceremonials, said that "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."
On the death of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. pic.twitter.com/rZlbY1matF— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) April 9, 2021
The question on the minds of many was whether or not Harry and Meghan would be attending the funeral. It has been said that Prince Philip was fiercely loyal and loving and has endeavored to teach his children and grandchildren about strength, dedication, confidence, and endurance. While his wife was the Queen of the country, he ruled all family affairs and Philip played a central role in Prince William and Prince Harry's lives after the death of their mother in 1997. Prince Harry and Prince Philip shared a close bond as they were uniquely bonded in military matters. They have both seen active wartime duty, as Philip served in the Royal Navy during WWII and Harry undertook two tours in Afghanistan.
It is very likely that Prince Harry will return to the U.K. for the first time in over a year to attend his grandfather's funeral.
In accordance with the latest COVID-19 guidelines, Harry will likely be able to quarantine for several days and be tested for the virus before joining his family for the funeral at St. George's Chapel. It is unclear whether Meghan Markle will be joining him as she is pregnant with a baby girl.
Prince Harry and Meghan have not yet released a statement following the announcement of Prince Philip's death. However, Archewell the couples foundation site honors Prince Philip, with a message that says "Thank you for your service... You will be greatly missed."
Prince Philip was granted the title of Duke of Edinburgh on the day of his wedding to Queen Elizabeth on November 20 1947.
In keeping with royal tradition, the title of the Duke of Edinburgh has immediately been passed to his eldest son Prince Charles.