William and Kate’s kids ‘unlikely’ to attend Philip’s funeral over Covid rules

Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis are not expected to be among the 30 mourners who attend the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral this weekend, it has been reported.

The children of the Prince William and Kate Middleton have been shielded from the pressures of royal life while they're very young, the Telegraph claims.

But despite the fact that Prince Philip's funeral will be a family occasion as the late Duke of Edinburgh 'didn't want the fuss', the children are understood to be considered too young to join the procession.

Their attendance would also take three coveted spots for older relatives who have known the Duke for most of their lives.

Spaces are limited due to covid restrictions, however, managing editor of Majesty magazine, Joe Little claims: "Even in normal times, the Cambridge children would probably have been deemed too young to attend."

A Buckingham Palace spokesman has confirmed that the Duke's children and grandchildren would all attend alongside Her Majesty. If all attend with spouses, 20 spots will be filled in total.

The remaining ten are thought likely to comprise several of the Queen's cousins, including Princess Alexandra, 84, who remains a working royal, although she has not undertaken an official engagement since last July.

Any remaining spaces could include Princess Margaret's children, David Armstrong-Jones, the Earl of Snowdon, 59, and Lady Sarah Chatto, 56.

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The procession will follow the Duke's coffin on foot within the grounds of Windsor Castle on April 17.

The Duke's private secretary, Brigadier Archie Miller-Bakewell, will be among the pallbearers who move the Duke's coffin to the castle's state entrance before the ceremony, alongside one of his protection officers, two of his pages and two of his valets.

But only Mr Miller-Bakewell, who worked for the Duke for more than a decade, will go on to enter the chapel with the Royal family, a Buckingham Palace spokesman confirmed.

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