An abbey official said discussions were ongoing between British authorities and the South African high commission to hold a ceremony after Mr Mandela’s death.
Sixteen Mandela family members have won a court order for the return of remains of three of Mr Mandela’s children to Qunu, where the anti-apartheid leader lived as a boy. He had expressed a wish to be buried next to his children there.
The move is opposed by Mandla Mandela, a tribal chief and Mr Mandela’s oldest grandson.
”The way we are handling these matters is contrary to our customs and a deep disappointment to my grandfather,” Mandla Mandela said. ”We as a family [should] avoid actions and decisions that will infringe on the dignity of my grandfather.”