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Harry and William may ‘go to two separate wakes’ after funeral ‘if boys aren’t getting on’

Prince Philip’s funeral guest list announced by Royal Family

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Harry and William will not be walking shoulder to shoulder for Philip’s funeral this Saturday — the brothers will be separated by Peter Phillips, their eldest cousin, during the procession. This has been perceived as the latest indication of how deep the rift between Harry and William has become more than a year after the Sussexes officially left the Firm. The ceremonial funeral will also have to be in line with the current social distancing guidelines, meaning only 30 people will be allowed to attend.

After the funeral, where Philip’s coffin will be interred into the Royal Vault, there may be a wake or an event to honour Philip’s life.

But, from April 12, the Government ruled that only 15 people can attend “religious, belief-based or commemorative events following a person’s death, such as stone setting ceremonies, the scattering of ashes or a wake”.

Pod Save the Queen, hosted by Ann Gripper and featuring the Daily Mirror’s royal editor Russell Myers, examined how the Royal Family might try to accommodate all of the family members.

Ms Gripper joked: “But, presumably you could have two, two wakes.

“And have two different groups.”

She continued: “If the boys aren’t getting on, you could have two separate ones and do it that way.”

Mr Myers added: “Oh, imagine — Gosh.”

Ms Gripper continued: “Or you could do two generations, whatever.”

However, there will only be one wake for Philip, and the Palace has not released any details about who might attend.

Government guidelines also state that Harry — having travelled from the US — would not be able to attend such a commemorative service anyway.

The gov.uk website explains that if a traveller is in quarantine after recent international travel “you must not break your isolation to attend any commemorative events”.

It continues: “This would be a legal offence and you may be fined. You may wish to consider delaying commemorative events until restrictions have been lifted.”

Buckingham Palace revealed on Thursday that all of Philip’s grandchildren and their spouses — bar Meghan Markle, who was advised not to travel due to her pregnancy — will be at the low-key ceremony.

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COVID-19 rules means Harry is allowed to attend the funeral on “compassionate grounds” as long as he tests negative for the virus after five days of isolation, before the funeral.

Harry is reportedly “desperate” to see his grandmother, the Queen, but is currently stuck in quarantine in Frogmore Cottage — just a stone’s throw away from the monarch’s current residence in Windsor Castle.

Royal biographer Katie Nicholl told Entertainment Tonight: “Given what has happened and what the Queen is going through, she is probably the first person he will want to see as soon as he has been given the all clear.”

The Queen is set to sit alone at the funeral, as none of the attendees are part of her bubble in Windsor Castle.

Philip is said to have requested a send off with little fuss, and did not want to be laid in state, where the public would have been able to see his coffin.

The procession and service will be televised and attendees will be wearing face masks.

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