Prince Philip funeral: Which royals have been snubbed from the invite list?

Prince Philip offered ‘enormous support’ to Queen says expert

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Buckingham Palace has now released a guest list for the pared-back ceremony, which will take place at St George’s Chapel in Windsor, and there are some notable exceptions to the list who have not been invited due to 30 person cap. The long-planned ceremony would have seen 800 guests gather to remember the Duke, but due to current coronavirus restrictions, the ceremony will be much smaller than originally expected – and there’s a few familiar face who have missed out.

Sarah Ferguson

Sarah Ferguson will not be attending the funeral, despite the fact that Prince Andrew and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie will be.

It has long been speculated that the Duke of Edinburgh and the Duchess of York did not have the warmest relationship, particularly after a number of scandals following her separation from Prince Andrew.

Royal biographer Gyles Brandreth said the prince did not understand why Sarah and Prince Andrew maintained their relationship.

He said: “When I asked him [Prince Philip] why he wouldn’t see Sarah, he said: ‘I am not vindictive.’

“Then, looking at me directly, he added emphatically: ‘I am not vindictive, but I don’t see the point.’

“That Andrew and Sarah appeared to remain friends after their separation — and that they shared a home even after their divorce — seemed to him ‘truly bizarre’.”

Prince and Princess Michael of Kent

Princess Michael of Kent and the Queen’s paternal first cousin Prince Michael of Kent have both not been invited to the pared-down ceremony.

Princess Michael of Kent was originally called Baroness Marie Christine von Reibnitz, and started going back Princess Michael after their marriage in 1978.

Other than the occasional royal appearance, Prince Michael is not a working royal, although he has had a long military career.

According to his biography on the Royal Family website, he served in Germany, Hong Kong, and Cypress, and now owns a consultancy business.

Additionally, he is involved in about 100 charities and organisations and is a qualified Russian interpreter.

The pair are not working royals, but do attend royal events in support of the Queen at times.

Katharine, Duchess of Kent

The Duke of Kent’s wife Katharine has not been invited to the proceedings in Windsor this Saturday, despite the fact her husband will be among the 30 guests allowed to attend.

Katharine married Prince Edward in 1961 and became the Duchess of Kent.

She has a close relationship with senior royals and was a bridesmaid at the wedding of Princess Anne.

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Autumn Phillips

The wife of Peter Phillips, Princess Anne’s son, has also not been invited to the funeral.

The couple announced their plans to divorce in February 2020 after 12 years of marriage.

They have two daughters together, Savannah, 10, and Isla, 8.

Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle has not been snubbed from the list despite speculation, but will not be travelling due to her pregnancy.

She has been advised by doctors not to travel, but her husband Prince Harry has already arrived in the UK in time for Saturday.

It is thought Meghan was invited to the wedding by the family despite the recent uproar caused by the Sussexes interview with Oprah Winfrey, which took place while the Duke of Edinburgh was in hospital in March.

The Duchess of Sussex is currently expecting her second child, a sister for Archie Harrison, due in the summer time.

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