‘Family, service and military crucial components’ in Prince Philip’s funeral

Loughborough University Professor Toby Miller says the funeral of Prince Philip would reflect the late Duke’s wishes through its three main themes of “family”, “service and “military” – along with the notion of “not making a fuss”.

“Well on the one hand it’s clear that there is an important family component, that’s natural, on the other there is this notion of the mythology of service that is clearly central to the notion of the royal family both in Britain and aboard, he said."

“Then thirdly there is this military element … which is part of the mythology of Britain as a major naval power, as an imperial power. 

“Along with the notion of ‘not making a fuss’ – the suppression of feeling, the suppression of emotion that is a by-word in the royal family.

“And of course has become very controversial over the last quarter of a century because of what happened with Princess Diana and what is going on with Meghan Markle.

"So all those aspects I think are quite crucial components."

Loughborough University Professor Toby Miller says the funeral of Prince Philip would reflect the late Duke’s wishes through its three main themes of “family”, “service and “military” – along with the notion of “not making a fuss”.

“Well on the one hand it’s clear that there is an important family component, that’s natural, on the other there is this notion of the mythology of service that is clearly central to the notion of the royal family both in Britain and aboard, he said.”

“Then thirdly there is this military element … which is part of the mythology of Britain as a major naval power, as an imperial power.

“Along with the notion of ‘not making a fuss’ – the suppression of feeling, the suppression of emotion that is a by-word in the royal family.

“And of course has become very controversial over the last quarter of a century because of what happened with Princess Diana and what is going on with Meghan Markle.

“So all those aspects I think are quite crucial components.”

Loughborough University Professor Toby Miller says the funeral of Prince Philip would reflect the late Duke’s wishes through its three main themes of “family”, “service and “military” – along with the notion of “not making a fuss”.

“Well on the one hand it’s clear that there is an important family component, that’s natural, on the other there is this notion of the mythology of service that is clearly central to the notion of the royal family both in Britain and aboard, he said.”

“Then thirdly there is this military element … which is part of the mythology of Britain as a major naval power, as an imperial power.

“Along with the notion of ‘not making a fuss’ – the suppression of feeling, the suppression of emotion that is a by-word in the royal family.

“And of course has become very controversial over the last quarter of a century because of what happened with Princess Diana and what is going on with Meghan Markle.

“So all those aspects I think are quite crucial components.”

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