Former John McCain presidential running mate Sarah Palin is not invited to the funeral of the late senator.
McCain family friend and fundraiser Carla Eudy confirmed to PEOPLE that "the invitations were not extended" to the former governor of Alaska to attend the funeral of the praised politician and war hero who died last week of brain cancer. 81 years old
Palin joins President Trump in the list of prominent people in Washington who were not part of the guest list, while Eudy removed many other staff members from the guest list during the days leading up to the service.
DailyMail.com contacted Sarah Palin without success.
The news may come as a surprise to Palin, as she had nothing but praise for the late senator in a recent exclusive interview with DailyMailTV.
A friend of the McCain family confirmed that "the invitations were not extended" to Sarah Palin for the funeral of the late senator
Cindy McCain supports her cheek in the coffin of her husband John McCain on Wednesday
A source close to the McCain family tells PEOPLE: "I guess it came from Cindy," in reference to who ordered the amendments to the guest list.
"She is very protective of John's memory and legacy, she is also a grieving widow, I think she wants to overcome this as best she can," they added.
McCain will be commemorated at a service in Phoenix on Thursday before his remains are brought to Washington D.C. On Friday, there will be a ceremony for him in the United States Capitol building, where he will remain in the state.
Your funeral service on Saturday will take place at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. and will be buried Sunday at Hospital Hill in the Cemetery of the Naval Academy.
McCain's funeral will take place at the National Cathedral with a parade of brave names giving tribute and carrying his coffin.
Your daughter Megan will give the first tribute.
She will be followed by former Senator Joe Lieberman, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, former President George W. Bush and former President Barack Obama.
The readings will be made by two of McCain's closest friends in the Senate: Senator Lindsay Graham and former Senator Kelly Ayotte.
"Two names you will not see on the guest list: Trump and Palin," a Capitol Hill source with knowledge of McCain's funeral plans tells PEOPLE.
In McCain memoir The Restless Wave, published in April, he revealed that he wished he had elected Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman as his vice president instead of Palin.
Speaking to DailyMailTV, Palin said she never realized McCain's feelings.
The sources tell PEOPLE that they believe the orders came from Cindy, the wife of John McCain
Palin tweeted in memory of Senator McCain after the news of his death was known
In an exclusive interview with DailyMail TV, Palin, 54, and her husband Todd, 53, reflected on their time as McCain's running mate during the 2008 presidential election.
The two kept in touch during the years after their failed campaign despite their differences, said Palin.
"We have always had good conversations, and we have been able to agree to disagree, no doubt about political issues.
"He was nice in those situations too, where he knew that I wanted more national oil development in certain areas." He did not.
"But when we talk about that we can see each other's point of view and I'm not going to give up an inch, but we get along anyway."
Despite the bumps in the road, the Palin said they will remember the personal aspects of his career with McCain, including his "big heart" and spending time with his family. "
The former governor of Alaska tweeted after the news of his death was known.
& # 39; Sen. John McCain was a nonconformist and a fighter, he was never afraid to defend his beliefs. John never took the easy path in life, and through sacrifice and suffering he inspired others to serve something greater than the self, "he wrote," John McCain was my friend, I will remember the good times. and I send prayers for Cindy and the McCain family.
The former governor of Alaska was McCain's running mate in 2008