On Saturday, April 17, 2021, Britain said goodbye the Duke of Edinburgh at Prince Philip’s funeral. While the funeral was televised to the world, there was a more private side to the sad event. A well-known member of the Royal Family has now opened up. Mike Tindall has given insight into the final moments of the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral.
Mike Tindall speaks of Prince Philip’s funeral
While Prince Philip’s funeral was watched by millions all over the world, the finer details were only known to the Royal Family. However, Mike Tindall, a former England rugby player and husband to the Queen’s granddaughter, Zara Phillips was at the funeral. Zara’s father is Princess Anne’s son, Peter Phillips. Tindall has opened up to shed some light on the final and private moments of the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral.
Tindall appeared on Good Morning Britain on Friday and the show’s hosts, Kate Garraway and Ben Shephard mentioned how “moved” they were to see Queen Elizabeth sitting alone. This was necessary due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing rules. However, that didn’t make the fact less sad.
Queen Elizabeth leads by example
Tindall said he thinks that is what she does, she leads by example. While you can say it was “amazing to see,” he didn’t really want to see it, but everyone has seen it now. However, he added that even after the funeral it was a case of “you all need to leave.” This meant the 30 attendees didn’t even get the chance to give their support after the funeral.
Zara’s husband continued, saying he thinks the way the funeral was planned and run was exceptional. He added that for his wife Zara, seeing Philip’s carriage ponies, and the gloves and the “sugar cube box” all lined up.
Tindall mentioned that the funeral was held in the middle of a pandemic and was in a lower key than it would normally be. However, he said if Prince Philip was looking down, he probably would have been happy with that.
Tindall said the rest of the Royal Family probably would have liked it to be more of a celebration of Philip’s life. However, he said that is the kind of man that Philip was.
Attendees at the funeral
Only 30 members of the Royal Family were able to attend and this included the senior royals. Following the coffin were the Prince of Wales, the Princess Royal, the Earl of Wessex, the Duke of York and Peter Philips. Also present were the Duke of Cambridge, the Earl of Snowden, the Duke of Sussex and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Lawrence.
Prince Harry flew from his home in California to attend the funeral but flew back a couple of days later. He chose to skip Queen Elizabeth’s 95th birthday to be with his heavily pregnant wife, Meghan Markle instead. The couple is expecting a daughter in the summer.
Readers can see the full interview with Mike Tindall on Good Morning Britain below.