A year later when they last saw each other, Prince William and his brother Prince Harry put their fateful relationship aside as they bid farewell to their grandfather at his funeral on Saturday.
When they walked together with their father, Prince Charles, and other close relatives in a procession behind Prince Philip’s coffin before his funeral at Windsor Castle, the brothers were very depressed and silent. They were seen conversing and walking together after the service was over.
It was the first time the brothers were in public together as Harry stood away from royal duties and moved to the US in early 2020 with his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and their son Archie.
There was tension between Harry and Meghan last month between Harry and 36-year-old William. The couple showed indifference to the royal family for Meghan’s mental health struggles, and Harry described her relationship with William as “this time in space”.
On Saturday, William and Harry walked in silence on either side of their cousin, Peter Phillips, as they joined other senior royals in Philip’s funeral procession. At one point Phillips got a bit behind to allow the brothers to walk side-by-side – a visual echo of the pair’s moment-to-moment appearance as boys in 1997, at another royal funeral aired around the world with their mother, Princess. Diana went behind the coffin.
The two brothers sat opposite each other at St. George’s Chapel for the funeral, which was attended by only 30 people due to the coronovirus ban. While William was sitting next to his wife Kate, Harry was on his own as Meghan is pregnant with her second child and was advised by her doctor not to take the long trip.
Later, Harry, William and Kate stroll outside the chapel together. Moments later, the brothers move in alone, while Kate talks to another Zara Tyndall, Queen Elizabeth II’s eight grandchildren who are cousins to William and Harry.
Rumors of a rift between the brothers – William, Heir, and Harry, “Spare” – have broken out at least since 2019. When Harry and Meghan are separated from the Royal Foundation, it is originally founded as a joint charitable venture of the brothers. To set up your own platform. That year, Harry said that he loved his brother very much but they were on “different paths” and that they had “good days” and “bad days”.
Many believe that during the Winfrey interview of William Harry, he was offended and hurt by the royal family’s decision to speak publicly about issues. In an explosive allegation, he said that a family member – not the queen or Philip – had expressed “concern” about the color of the skin prior to Archie’s birth. Meghan has a black mother and a white father.
A few days after the interview aired, William insisted “we are not a very racist family,” adding that he had not spoken to Harry since the broadcast.
It is not clear whether the passing of his grandfather will help the brothers to fix their rifts. It was not immediately clear whether Harry, who had been self-segregated to conform to the UK’s coronavirus restrictions since arriving in California earlier this week, would remain in his home country.
Saturday’s funeral was limited to only 30 people who all had to wear masks, sit in the family bubble and socially stay in the same church that hosted hundreds of people for the royal wedding of Harry and Meghan in 2018 . And may limit the restrictions of Britain’s coronavirus virus. How much chance will the brothers get to settle their differences.
Royal biographer Penny Junor said, “Due to the restrictions of COVID, it is difficult for civilized civilizations to step down.” “It’s probably quite difficult to sit down because they would usually work on a beer and discuss things.”