Prince William and Harry ‘keen to spend time together in same time zone’ – royal insider

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The brothers meet on Saturday for the funeral of their grandfather, Prince Philip, who died last Friday aged 99. They are understood to have already spoken on the phone since Harry’s return to the UK. 

The meeting between the Dukes of Cambridge and Sussex will be their first face-to-face meeting in over a year and comes after Harry and Meghan caused friction within the Firm during their tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey on March 7.

An unnamed royal source told The Telegraph: “They know it is not about them on Saturday – it is about honouring their grandfather’s memory and supporting their grandmother.

“I would be extremely surprised if that wasn’t front and centre of both their minds.

“They will be keen to spend time together as a family, in the same time zone for once.”

Harry returned from the United States on Sunday and is currently quarantining at his former Windsor home of Frogmore Cottage where he is required to remain until Friday at the earliest.

He will be allowed to attend his grandfather’s funeral “on compassionate grounds” after five days rather than 10 if he provides a negative coronavirus test under the Government’s “Test to Release” scheme.

A spokesman for Harry said on Tuesday the Duke of Sussex would follow “Covid-19 guidance”, but did not comment on his movements after the funeral.

Kate Middleton is also seen as a more than capable mediator in the brothers relationship if required. They reunite ahead of the funeral, to be held at 3pm at Windsor Castle.

During the Sussexes bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, Meghan was asked about reports alleging she made Kate cry ahead of her 2018 wedding.

But Meghan told Oprah that “the reverse happened”, suggesting she had been brought to tears during an incident.

Meghan Markle will not be attending the funeral of Prince Philip under doctors’ advice not to fly.

Royal experts predict that the meeting between William and Harry could help to heal the rift between the brothers.

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Speaking about Harry and Meghan’s different style of statement on ABC’s HeirPod podcast, royal expert Victoria Murphy said: “We’ve seen that the Royal Family will say something and the Sussexes will say something, and it’s separate.

“Whereas I feel that on this point there’s a real unification.”

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