A dispute about where Richard III should be reburied is becoming “undignified”.

That is according to Richard Van Allen of the Richard III Society. Speaking after a High Court judge gave permission for descendants of the king’s relatives to challenge plans to rebury his remains in Leicester rather than York, the public affairs officer said: “We are disappointed in that the High Court judge said he hoped that the whole matter was not going to come down to an undignified squabble.

“We have 3,000 members worldwide with so many different views, so we have to say we are completely neutral on where Richard III is reburied.

“But what we have said all along is we want to see that he is reinterred with the dignity due a former anointed King of England.

“But it’s all getting to be a little bit undignified. It’s like a dog with a bone – everyone wants it.”

Richard III’s skeleton was discovered underneath a Leicester car park in September 2012. After the remains were identified in February as those of the king, it was announced he would be re-interred in Leicester Cathedral.

On Friday, Plantagenet Alliance Limited - collateral descendants of King Richard - secured a review of the decisions authorising the exhuming and reinterring of the king’s remains in Leicester.

High Court judge Mr Justice Haddon-Cave concluded the 15-strong group, which is campaigning to have Richard’s remains buried in York, had an arguable case.

The judicial review is likely to take place later this year in London, and is expected to last a full day.

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