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COVID, Philip's no-fuss attitude mean simpler funeral plan

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By JILL LAWLESS

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Some aspects of life should pause, It’s appropriate for anyone passing, to show respect to those left behind.

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Travelers from the U.S. must produce a negative COVID-19 test before they get on the plane and must self-isolate for 10 days upon arrival, but that quarantine can end early if a test after five days comes back negative. 

What are the odds, a royal won't get special treatment? Even one who supposedly does not want the benefits of being a part of that family...

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I will drink my Royal Milk Tea as a nod to the late Prince.

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The most watched TV ever was the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales. If this was normal times and a state funeral the viewing numbers would be very high too.

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For me it is the colour and texture of Prince Philip life that intrigues.

A square peg in a round hole to royal courtiers. The grey suited appointed bourgeoisie.

Her Majesty, The Queen, adored Prince Philip, no doubt there.

The loss must be overwhelming.

Buckingham Palace will announce later when the funeral will be held and how many people will attend. Funerals are currently restricted to 30 people or fewer under England’s coronavirus rules, so it's likely to be immediate family only.

I wondered, disgracefully, if I could get odds on naming 15/20 of the 30? 

Or many how many will attend?.

Will Megan attend with Husband Harry?

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Harry and Meghan stressed out the Duke during his final year. Meghan is heavily prerant and unlikely to travel. Harry can only travel if he avoids the covid procedures.

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Yes Meghan (sorry), is expecting.

Under the circumstances Harry could attend.

I read that Harry was Prince Philips favorite grand child, or one of.

Of course there are the political consequences if the covid restrictions are relaxed.

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Living to 99...married over 70 years. 

A sadness but not a tragedy.

He was a good man and I for one loved his classic British humour.

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A pretty complex figure and legacy.

A promising naval officer who gave up his career for his wife in an era when that wasn’t done (Hell, I took a bunch of crap when I put my wife’s career over mine in 98.)

A loyal member of the Royal family who didn’t like the constraining bands of the institution.

A loving husband who was a distant father.

An engaging personality who could say some cringingly insensitive things.

I cannot imagine the loss after 81 years since they first met.

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He was a good man and I for one loved his classic British humour.

Hear hear. Particularly for a gent born in Greece - some of us are familiar with living as an adult in a foreign country and making it not "foreign".

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British television networks canceled scheduled programs to allow for special coverage 

As far as I can tell after tuning in a couple of times, BBC world is doing pretty much wall-to-wall coverage of this.

I don’t see the need for it. It’s not an election or an ongoing crisis. He’s from a royal background, he was in the navy, he married a princess who became queen, had kids with her, lived to a very advanced age and will have a lower key funeral than is normal for the royals.

We get it.

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Only 1 year to go and he would get a telegram from the Queen.

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I had to turn off BBC World after twenty minutes last night because the coverage was very cloying. I never realised there were so many "royal historians", "royal reporters", or "royal biographers" available at short notice, all singing from the same hymn sheet.

The Royal Family are not completely insensitive to opposition, and whatever form the funeral takes will have one eye on not stirring up trouble. That's out of PR purposes for themselves, not any consideration for the British public or the pandemic.

Finally, I would like to remind anyone who finds "gaffes" involving casual racism funny, this is a Japan-centric website and Prince Philip's famous comment about the Chinese is very often directed to Japanese people as well. Like my wife and children. There are far better things to be proud of if you are British.

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I had to turn off BBC World after twenty minutes last night because the coverage was very cloying. I never realised there were so many "royal historians", "royal reporters", or "royal biographers" available at short notice, all singing from the same hymn sheet.

Yep. I usually defend the BBC as one of the better outlets for news.

However, they do tend to crank it up a bit too high in these cases.

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Leaving Whinger at home, & spending some time with his family might do Ginger some good

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will be laid to rest with all the honors due a prince of the United Kingdom and a consort to Queen Elizabeth II.

FFS, it's 2021, give it a break. I cringe when they wheel out this sort of guff for royal events. Embarrassing.

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Yes, the entire BBC program is non stop Prince Phillip. Too much coverage.

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Even John Snow Channel 4 News went into full pandering mode.

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Lovely photographs, even including the people who have been asked not to lay flowers.

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I'm sure some foreign dignitaries might attend the funeral. Ex-Presidents often do for cases like this. GW Bush, maybe Clinton or Obama perhaps. No way Jose to trashTrump. I can't see the UK inviting him after those stupid sassy sexist remarks he told the Queen a few years ago.

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There are more than 30 immediate family members without counting the children. Will it be on TV?

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Not just the BBC, ITV also had wall to wall Philip yesterday. Channels 4 and 5 also had all day mourning, but did switch to other programmes in the evening. I think last night’s episode of Gogglebox on C4 will have record viewing figures.

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Due the pandemic the queen and the duke were able to spend most of last year together at Windsor Castle. Isolated and protected in a bubble of limited servants. Had it been a normal year they would have been separated for long periods.

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The Duke requested a none state funeral and only a simple family funeral. At this time of the pandemic its not certain it will be broadcast on the TV. If it is broadcast it will have the highest viewers for the whole year.

There could be a family private funeral and at a later date a national memorial service.

Overseas visitors, including Harry would be impossible to meet the covid protocols by the funeral next Saturday. Again, I would hope no one will be excused those.

I'm grateful to the Duke for the Duke of Edinburgh Award system which I completed when I was a teenager and provided for a wide range of activities which my family could never afford. I was in the first early groups when the Duke represented the gold medals at the palace but I refused to attend.

I know how important this death is to many ordinary people, so I was thoughtful enough not to post any anti-monarchy sentiments has expressed by some others.

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Overseas visitors, including Harry would be impossible to meet the covid protocols by the funeral next Saturday. Again, I would hope no one will be excused those.

No, he can. Unless you come from a Red List country you can end your 10 day quarantine early by paying for a “test to release” PCR test on day 5.

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Luddite

No, he can. Unless you come from a Red List country you can end your 10 day quarantine early by paying for a “test to release” PCR test on day 5.

According to reports Harry is trying to travel on a diplomats passport to avoid all restrictions.

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According to reports Harry is trying to travel on a diplomats passport to avoid all restrictions.

Where has this been reported? As he is not an accredited diplomat I fail to see how he has a diplomatic passport. I small a smear story.

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Luddite

I read it on several UK media sites. Also something called "diplomatic exception" to avoid all protocols.

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@zichi. I have not seen this at all. Where?

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And, any attempt to suggest that a "make up & be friends again" following the passing of the Duke, would suggest that he was the cause of that....

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