Despite ex wives Manuela Testolini and Mayte Garcia holding their own secret memorial for Prince, the singer’s sister, Tyka Nelson, revealed the real funeral won’t be taking place until August!
“Let me make myself VERY CLEAR! [Neither] I nor my brother’s remains will be present at any Memorial or Funeral services, until the families [sic] Memorial/Funeral/Tribute,” she wrote in a length Facebook post. “The grief process is a unique experience to each individual and Therefore I support any and all Memorials or Funerals that have happened and/or are being planned…However I will Not be in attendance, because I feel that once…is enough.”
“My brother was a Very Private man and so a Funeral had been planned for Saturday April 23rd,” she wrote. “But on the evening of Friday April 22nd while we were in the process of inviting a small group of family and friends, those Funeral plans had to be sadly aborted.”
Although she didn’t reveal why, she explained, “with the help of the Paisley Park staff (because some friends had already flown into town) we held an intimate gathering due to that cancellation, however it was Not a Funeral.”
“We would like everyone to know that, contrary to previous and current reports, there has been no memorial, funeral or tribute service for Prince that was organized or authorized by the family or Paisley Park representatives," Tyka revealed. "Together, the family is planning an official memorial service and public event to take place in the near future.”
Adding, the official date of the funeral will be sometime in August. “Prince and his music influenced so many people that we feel inspired to celebrate his life and legacy in just the right way. We appreciate the public’s patience and have been comforted by your outpouring of love, support and condolences. We look forward to sharing with the world this celebration of, and farewell to, our Prince. Details will be coming soon.”