On Thursday, Buckingham Palace released the broad outlines of the funeral program for Queen Elizabeth II’s husband, who died April 9 at 99. The palace revealed that William and Harry’s cousin, Peter Phillips, will walk between the princes as they escort the coffin to St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, west of London.
The brothers will also take seats apart from each other for the service itself, with the Duke of Cambridge seated next to Peter Phillips and the Duke of Sussex next to Lord Snowdown, Harper’s Bazaar reported.
Palace officials refused to comment when asked whether the position of William and Harry was an effort to minimize family tensions, which have grown after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex gave an explosive interview to Oprah Winfrey in March. The tell-all was watched by nearly 50 million people globally.
During the televised sit-down, the couple suggested that an unnamed member of the royal family made a racist comment to Harry, 36, before the birth of their child Archie in 2019.
Harry, 36, later clarified that his grandparents did not make the comment in question.
While the brothers won’t walk side-by-side, this will minimize the chances of any awkward moments between the pair who are still grappling with strained relations since Harry’s decision to step away from royal duties last year.
Meghan Markle, 39, who is pregnant and living in California with Harry, is not coming to the funeral on the advice of her doctor.
The brothers had been closely watched as Saturday’s funeral will almost certainly remind the pair of their shared grief at another royal funeral more than two decades ago. As young boys, both walked behind their mother Princess Diana’s coffin in 1997 in London in a ceremony watched around the world.
Harry previously told Winfrey, 67, that his relationships with Charles, 72, and William, 38, have ruptured.
According to Harry, the royal family cut him off financially at the start of 2020 after announcing plans to step back from his roles. But he was able to afford security for his family because of the money Diana left behind.
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Prince Harry & William won’t walk side-by-side at funeral! Prince Harry & William won’t walk side-by-side at funeral