The royal family came together to celebrate Prince Philip’s life on Saturday, April 17. The televised funeral service showed members of the royal family in attendance, including Prince William and Prince Harry. The estranged brothers put aside their differences in order to honor their late grandfather the Duke of Edinburgh.
Harry, William, and Kate Middleton were seen leaving St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle together after the funeral ended. “There were cars waiting to transport the royals back to the castle but they chose to walk as a family,” royal commentator Victoria Arbiter tweeted. “Having been separated in the chapel, they’re now able to come together, which will be a comfort to the Queen.”
Harry and William were chatting as they left, giving hope that a possible reconciliation took place. ITV journalist Tom Bradby, who is friends with the brothers, said, “It is often said that funerals are moments of reconciliation and that is a sight that, to be honest, that many people really wanted to see. Not least those in the family themselves.”
Harry and William both took part in the procession. However, they didn’t walk next to each other (Princess Anne and Mark Phillips’s son, Peter Phillips, stood between them). “These are practical changes rather than sending a signal. This is a funeral, and we are not going to be drawn into perceptions of drama,” Buckingham Palace told Us Weekly in a statement. “The arrangements have been agreed and represent Her Majesty’s wishes as well as the personal wishes of the duke.”
Buckingham Palace announced the death of Prince Philip on April 9. The palace released the following statement:
“It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty the Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss. Further announcements will be made in due course.”
Our thoughts are with the royal family during this difficult time.
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