George Michael's private burial plot 'under 24 hour guard' ahead of pop icon's secret funeral

George Michael’s private burial plot is reportedly underunder 24 hour guard as his family prepare to lay the music legend to rest.

After an agonising wait for George’s body to be released, his family are now making the final preparations for his funeral .

The pop legend, who passed away on Christmas Day from natural causes, will be buried in a plot next to his ­beloved mum Lesley at Highgate Cemetery in North London.

And security is said to have been ramped up as staff prepare the grave, which has been cleared and spruced up and is surrounded by pots of yellow daffodils.

According to the Daily Star , staff are keeping 24-hour surveillance as fans continue to pay tribute.

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The newspaper also reports that the grave will be carefully watched over the coming weeks in case it is targeted by people trying to steal tributes.

Details surrounding the pop icon’s funeral have been kept a secret, and over the weekend George’s cousin asked fans to be respectful about the arrangements.

George Michael and lover Fadi Fawaz
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The pop star's family wish for a private funeral
The pop star’s family wish for a private funeral
(Photo: PA)

“I know so many of you would want to be there to be able to say your last Goodbye,” he wrote as he urged fans not to attend the funeral to avoid it turning into a “circus”.

“Please let him be put to rest with as much respect and dignity as possible.”

Meanwhile, it’s been claimed George has left his £10million north London home to his favourite sister.

The pop icon and sister Melanie Panayiotou, 55, are said to have always been very close.

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(Photo: Daily Mirror)

And following his death, she has reportedly moved into his Highgate property while she plans his funeral with other family members.

The Wham! star’s other sister, Yioda, 57, is also believed to be getting a large chunk of his estimated $105million fortune.

A source told The Sun : “George was very close to his whole family but he had a particularly special bond with Melanie, who was by his side at the height of his fame.

“She adores the Highgate house, one of the first he bought. They shared some wonderful times there and it has a special place in her heart. Melanie is staying there at the moment while she organises the funeral.”

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