The Queen's grandson-in-law Mike Tindall has revealed that royal family members were 'told to leave' Windsor Castle as soon as the funeral of Prince Philip was over.
Prince Philip died on 9 April and the Queen was careful to follow coronavirus regulations at his funeral on 17 April, meaning there were only 30 mourners present.
Despite there being some guidelines to allow for a wake, former rugby player Mike confirmed on Friday that they all left promptly, as those present were unable to linger after the ceremony, sadly missing out on those extra moments of support from loved ones.
He's previously praised the Queen for how she led by example during the funeral, saying his love for her had grown on that day.
Speaking on Good Morning Britain on Friday, he said: "I think that's what she does, she leads by example... you say 'amazing to see' but I didn't really want to see it. Everyone has seen it now."
"Even after the funeral it was sort of 'you all need to leave', and so you didn't even get to have that supportive side afterwards," he added.
"The way that the funeral was planned and run was exceptional... for Zara it was seeing his carriage, ponies, and the gloves, and the sugar cube box and all that lined up."
He also spoke to BBC Breakfast, saying: "Loss is always going to be difficult, I thought the funeral was beautifully done.
"But having to see the Queen make a stand in terms of showing what the world was at the moment and sit on her own and be as brave as she was, summed her up as a lady. She was amazing."
He added: "The funeral finished and it was sort of, get in your cars and go home. That is what was allowed, that's what the law and the rules state and so that's what happened.
"It was tough, but the funeral was done so well. I think he would have been happier about the way it happened."
Mike is married to Zara, one of the Queen's granddaughters, and so was one of the smaller number of mourners at the service at St George's Chapel.
He previously described it as "eerie" but said that the smaller service is probably what the Duke of Edinburgh would have wanted.
Speaking on his podcast last week, he said: "The way everything was I think it was the perfect day... how he would have liked it.
"No fuss, get on with it, and my love for the Queen was even better."
Earlier this month, Mike experienced his first royal engagement as he chatted to the wife of the Queen's cousin, the Duchess of Gloucester, about Parkinson's and his family's battle with the disease.
His father Philip was diagnosed with the disease in 2003 and he discussed how lockdown had been for his parents as his mother, Linda, is his primary carer.
The Tindalls don't carry out royal duties, and live on the Gatcombe estate, which is owned by Princess Anne, the Queen's only daughter.
Reporting by Rebecca Taylor.
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