Coronavirus has been called the great leveller repeatedly over the last year.
Each time, that myth has been quickly dispelled.
Lockdowns, for example, felt different for those in work than it did for those whose jobs were suddenly at risk – and more different still for those in a tower block with no garden, compared to those on a sprawling estate with acres of greenery.
Prince Philip’s farewell on Saturday may well be the one time the great leveller cliché was true.
Covid restrictions hit that funeral just as hard as they did the send-offs of every loved one over the last 12 months.
The Queen sitting alone, unable to be comforted as she said goodbye to the man who has been by her side for over seven decades, was poignant for many reasons.
One was its familiarity. There can’t be many of us who have not experienced the same thing recently.
Whether you’re HRH or AN Other, the same rules apply when it comes to mourning in a time of Covid-19.
The outpouring of emotion over the death of the Duke – surprising many, who didn’t expect to be so affected –
says a lot about where we are as a nation.
It tapped into a year of bottled-up grief – for those we’ve lost, the experiences we’ve missed out on, the pain, the uncertainty, the sacrifices.
As the country slowly begins to open up again, it’s fantastic to feel like we’re finally moving forward. But the scars of the pandemic remain, and will do for some time.