Prince Harry will attend Prince Philip's funeral without Meghan Markle, who didn't get permission to fly

Darcy Schild
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend 91st Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey. Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty Images
  • Prince Philip's funeral will be held April 17, Buckingham Palace said Saturday.

  • Prince Harry will attend Prince Philip's funeral, a representative for the Sussexes told Insider.

  • Meghan Markle, who's pregnant, intended to travel to the funeral but didn't get medical clearance.

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Prince Philip's funeral will be held April 17 at St. George's Chapel in Windsor, Buckingham Palace announced Saturday, according to the BBC.

Prince Harry will travel to the UK to attend his grandfather's funeral, a representative for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex told Insider on Saturday. Meghan Markle, who is pregnant, intended to fly with Harry for the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral, but did not get medical clearance from her physician to travel, the representative said.

While traveling to and from the UK and during his time in the country, Harry will adhere to COVID-19 guidelines, the representative said.

Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II for more than seven decades and the longest-serving British consort in history, died at the age of 99 Friday morning at Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace announced in a statement that day.

The duke recently spent a month in the hospital and underwent a procedure for a preexisting heart condition.

Harry and Markle paid tribute to Prince Philip on Friday by sharing a statement on their Archewell website, which said: "In loving memory of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh. Thank you for your service...You will be greatly missed."

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They were married for 73 years. Tim Graham/Getty Images

Prince Philip will not have a state funeral.

Philip reportedly once said that he didn't want the "fuss" that was involved with the state funeral, even though it's a ceremony he's entitled to as the Queen's consort.

Buckingham Palace released a statement on Friday saying: "During the coronavirus pandemic, and in light of current Government advice and social distancing guidelines, modified Funeral and ceremonial arrangements for His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh are being considered by Her Majesty The Queen. Details will be confirmed in due course."

"In accordance with public health advice, members of the public are asked to continue to follow the current Government guidance, not to gather in crowds, and not to visit Royal residences to pay their respects," the statement continued.

"During this time the Royal Family ask that members of the public consider making a donation to a charity instead of leaving floral tributes in memory of The Duke of Edinburgh," the statement went on, adding that an online Book of Condolence is available for the public to sign on the royal website.

This is a developing story. Check back for more updates.

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