Queen Elizabeth II’s lifelong partner Prince Philip died at the age of 99 last Friday. He suffered from poor health for a long time. Prince Philip spent over a month in the hospital, where he was treated for an infection and underwent heart surgery. He was later discharged in mid-March.

“It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement.

“The funeral arrangements have been revised in view of the prevailing circumstances arising from the Covid-19 pandemic and it is regretfully requested that members of the public do not attempt to attend or participate in any of the events that make up the funeral,” the statement added.

After things have been heated between the royal family for the past several years, it’s no secret that Prince Harry and his Brother William are not on good terms. Prince Williams was not happy with what Prince Harry’s wife Meghan speaking about a dispute with his wife Kate Middleton. That is one of many reasons the two are not speaking. Britain’s former prime minister John Major said the funeral would be an “ideal opportunity” to repair the brothers’ relationship because of their shared grief of their grandfather. “I hope very much that it is possible to mend any rifts that may exist,” he told BBC television.

Prince Philip’s death triggered eight days of national mourning. His funeral will be televised, with the ceremony taking place at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle on Saturday. The ceremony will be an overall private one to avoid large crowds due to COVID-19. The congregation at the chapel will be limited to 30 people. Of course, the royal family will be watched like a hawk keenly watched for any signs of reconciliation, especially between Harry and William.