Prince Harry and William: Expert discusses relationship
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The Royal Family gathered to say their final farewell to the Duke of Edinburgh at a funeral service at Windsor Castle on Saturday. Senior royals walked behind the Land Rover hearse, including Prince Charles and his sons Princes William and Harry, along with Philip’s other children, Princess Anne and Princes Edward and Andrew. Harry and William were filmed speaking to each other after the funeral and appeared to be on friendly terms as they walked out of St George’s Chapel.
This was reported to be the first time they had seen each other in person since The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey last month.
9Honey royal commentator Natalie Oliveri suggested all was not forgiven however, as she said William “requested” to be separated from his younger brother at the funeral.
She said: “It was Prince William who requested he be separated from his brother by their cousin at the funeral of Prince Philip, according to reports.
“The estranged brothers formed part of an official procession behind their grandfather’s coffin but rather than walking side by side, Peter Phillips walked in between them.
“Phillips is the eldest of Prince Philip’s grandchildren and is the son of Princess Anne.
“But during the procession from the State Entrance of Windsor Castle to the West Steps of St George’s Chapel, he – at times – appeared to slow his pace, so Prince William and Prince Harry walked together.”
Harry and Meghan’s shocking interview was aired while Philip was in hospital.
The Duke had been treated for an infection and had surgery on his heart shortly before he died.
During the interview, Harry told Oprah that he felt let down by his father the Prince of Wales and that “there’s a lot of hurt that’s happened” between them.
He also admitted that his relationship with his brother William was “spaced” but he “loved him to bits”.
He said: “As I’ve said before, I love William to bits. He’s my brother.
“We’ve been through hell together. I mean, we have a shared experience. But we’re on different paths.
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“The relationship is space at the moment. And time heals all things, hopefully.”
The Duke also added he felt trapped in the Royal Family and shared his “compassion” for his brother and father Prince Charles being unable to leave their roles.
He said: “My father and my brother, they are trapped. They don’t get to leave. And I have huge compassion for that.”
William was the first royal who spoke out publicly saying “We’re very much not a racist family”.
The Queen issued a statement saying “while some recollections may vary”, the issues would be taken “very seriously”, but dealt with privately as a family.
Harry’s comments came just months before William and Harry are also reportedly planning to reunite publicly in July.
They will stand together at the unveiling of a statue for Princess Diana, at Kensington Palace, on what would have been her 60th birthday.
Harry is now said to be returning to the US following the funeral to reunite with his pregnant wife Meghan Markle and their son Archie.
But he is believed to be going without meeting his father Charles, as the Prince of Wales reportedly is still angry over the interview.
A source told the Telegraph: “It goes against everything the Prince of Wales believes in.
“He believes diversity is the strength of our society.
“The Duke of Sussex continues to say he respects his grandmother, but he has ridden roughshod over the institution she represents.”
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