The tension between Prince Harry and his brother was thoroughly apparent at their grandfather’s funeral procession, as Harry and William were divided behind the coffin.
The long-awaited reuniting of Harry and the royal family happened Saturday after over a year apart. They reunited at the funeral of the late Prince Philip, who passed away last week Friday. The reunion was especially important, as many expected it to end the fighting between Harry and Prince Charles. Philip’s two grandsons, however, did not get the reunion everyone hoped for.
According to People, the two brothers joined the royal family in walking behind the Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin, as it traveled to St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
While many believed the two brothers would walk side by side, they were instead divided during the procession. Their cousin, Peter Phillips, walked between them, in an awkward display that left many unanswered questions.
The day brought back memories of almost 24 years ago when eyes were on the brothers, age 15 and 12 at the time, who walked through the grounds of Windsor Castle behind the horse-drawn carriage carrying their mother’s coffin.
The choice to keep them separate was “a practical change rather than sending a signal,” a Buckingham Palace spokesman explained. “This is a funeral and we are not going to be drawn into perceptions of drama.”
The spokesman confirmed that “the arrangements have been agreed and represent Her Majesty’s wishes.”
The decision to have Prince William and Harry walk separately comes a month after Harry and his wife Meghan Markle’s bombshell interview with Oprah. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle alleged that a royal family member expressed concern about the color of the baby’s skin when Meghan was pregnant with her first child. One notable reveal in the interview was that Prince Harry had not spoken with his father in months as Prince Charles was not taking his calls.
According to Fox News, Gayle King revealed a private conversation between the family. Prince Harry “has talked to his brother and he has talked to his father too,” she said. The phone call, however, was “not productive, but they are glad they at least started a conversation.”
That conversation might not have been enough to mend the rifts, but the funeral brought Harry physically closer to the family. Though he wasn’t accompanied by Meghan Markle, who stayed home at the orders of her physician, Harry still took the flight quarantined at his Frogmore Cottage home.
The small funeral’s guest list of only 30 was reserved for close members of the royal family. A former palace spokeswoman told People that it was “probably how [Prince Philip] would have liked” it. “No fuss, no bother. Right through his life, he never knew what all the fuss was about.”
Queen Elizabeth had to “make some difficult decisions” about who would be attending, as they “are dealing with a family funeral and at its heart, it is still a family event,” a Buckingham Palace spokesman said.
All four of Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth’s children attended the funeral, as well as Philip’s eight grandchildren. Certain spouses were also admitted, but the procession was a lot smaller than usual due to Covid-19 restrictions.