No10 ‘offered to ease Covid rules for Prince Philip’s funeral but Queen declined because it wouldn’t be fair’

Downing Street said it would allow the Palace to have more than 30 mourners, the maximum number allowed at the time, attend the funeral, Private Eye reported.

But the Queen said no to the offer because she wanted to set an example to the nation, according to the magazine.

Instead she sat alone and socially distanced from her family as she mourned her husband of 73 years.

At the time funerals were limited to 30 mourners and wakes to 15 people. There was also a ban on separate households mixing indoors and the rule of six applied to outdoor gatherings.

The prime minister’s official spokesman refused to comment on whether No10 offered to ease restrictions for the Duke’s funeral .

He said: “I simply don’t comment on reports relating to the palace or any conversations we do or do not have with them.

“You’ll know that at the time we said we were working closely with the royal household on arrangements and the plan to take into account public health guidelines, the wishes of the royal household and personal wishes of the Queen.”

The news comes as Downing St this week apologised to the Queen for two parties which were held in Downing Street on April 16 – the evening before the funeral in Windsor.

Civil servants allegedly gathered for two separate events to mark the departures of James Slack as Mr Johnson’s director of communications and one of the Prime Minister’s personal photographers.


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