Prince Harry and Prince William won’t be walking side by side on Saturday as they follow the coffin of their grandfather, Prince Philp.
On Thursday, Buckingham Palace released the outlines of the funeral program for Queen Elizabeth II’s husband, who died on April 9 at the age of 99. The palace revealed that William and Harry’s cousin Peter Phillips will walk among the princes as they escort the coffin to St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, west London.
The brothers will also take separate seats for the service itself, with the Duke of Cambridge sitting next to Peter Phillips and the Duke of Sussex next to Lord Snowdown, Harper’s Bazaar reported.
Palace officials declined to comment when asked if William and Harry’s position was an effort to minimize family tensions, which have escalated after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex gave Oprah Winfrey an explosive interview in March. . Almost 50 million people around the world saw it.
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During the televised meeting, the couple suggested that an anonymous member of the royal family made a racist comment to Harry, 36, prior to the birth of their son Archie in 2019.
Harry, 36, later clarified that his grandparents did not make the comment in question.
While the siblings will not walk side by side, this will minimize the chances that there will be awkward moments between the couple who are still dealing with strained relationships since Harry’s decision to walk away from royal duties last year.
Prince Charles, heir to the throne and father of princes, along with his sister, Princess Anne, will lead the 15-member procession.
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Meghan Markle, 39, who is pregnant and lives in California with Harry, will not attend the funeral on the advice of her doctor.
The brothers had been closely watched, as Saturday’s funeral is sure to remind the couple of their shared grief at another royal funeral more than two decades ago. As children, they both walked behind the coffin of their mother, Princess Diana, in 1997 in London in a ceremony observed around the world.
Harry previously told Winfrey, 67, that his relationships with Charles, 72, and William, 38, had broken down.
According to Harry, the royal family cut him financially in early 2020 after announcing plans to retire from their roles. But she was able to pay for her family’s security thanks to the money Diana left behind.
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Harry expressed his disgust at the restrictions placed on members of the royal family, which influenced his decision to retire from his duties as a high-ranking member.
“My father and my brother are all trapped,” he said. “They can’t leave. And I have great compassion for that.”
After the interview aired, William became the first British royal to speak out about allegations of bigotry made by his brother and sister-in-law.
While visiting an East London school with his wife Kate Middleton, William told reporters who confronted him: “We are not a racist family.”
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After Harry and Markle tied the knot in May 2018 at Windsor Castle, the royal family seemed to welcome the Duchess of Sussex, a glamorous former TV star. The couple was seen as providing a young and fresh face to the monarchy of an increasingly multicultural nation.
It didn’t take long for the fairy tale to unravel.
The couple departed from royal duties last year and eventually settled in California, saying they wanted to escape racist coverage and unwanted intrusions on their privacy by the British media.
During the interview, the Duke and Duchess shared that they are expecting a girl for this summer.
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Harry acknowledged to Winfrey that he and his brother are on “different paths.”
“I love William to pieces,” Harry explained. “He’s my brother. We’ve been through hell together. But we’re going different ways.”
While Harry described his relationship with William as “space”, the prince emphasized that it will “always be there” for him.
Associated Press contributed to this report.