Prince Harry 'relieved' for royal family reunion says Nicholl
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The once-close brothers will be separated by their cousin Peter Phillips as they walk in a line behind the Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin on Saturday. The Duke of Cambridge will move ahead of the Duke of Sussex as the Royal Family arrives in pairs at St George’s Chapel.
Details of Philip’s funeral have been released by Buckingham Palace following his peaceful death aged 99 at Windsor Castle last Friday.
The Queen – like all 30 attendees – will have to wear a face mask for the service, which will be televised.
The monarch will sit by herself in the quire of the chapel, with guests socially distanced.
Among the attendees are the Duchess of Cornwall, all of Philip’s grandchildren and their spouses, the children of the Queen’s sister Princess Margaret, and three of the Duke’s German relatives – Bernhard, the Hereditary Prince of Baden; Donatus, Prince and Landgrave of Hesse; and Prince Philipp of Hohenlohe-Langenburg.
Also invited is a close friend of Philip, Countess Mountbatten of Burma, previously known as Lady Romsey and later Lady Brabourne, who was his carriage driving partner and one of his closest friends.
Royal men will wear morning coats with their medals and the women will wear day dresses.
There were fears Harry would face embarrassment as the only senior royal not in military uniform after Megxit saw him stripped of his honorary titles.
Reports had also suggested that Prince Andrew wanted to wear an Admiral’s uniform.
The Duke of York was due to be promoted to Admiral in 2020 to mark his 60th birthday but this did not go ahead following his disastrous Jeffrey Epstein interview.
Philip was the guiding force behind his own funeral arrangements.
Buglers of the Royal Marines will sound Action Stations during the service to reflect his life-long association with the Royal Navy.
It is played on a warship to signal all hands should go to battle stations and is sometimes featured at funerals of naval men.
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A reduced choir of four singers will feature during the service and the guests will follow coronavirus rules and not sing.
Speculation had been high that the funeral of their grandfather could bring William and Harry closer together following their ongoing rift.
Tensions are said to date back to the early days of Harry’s romance with Meghan when he was angered by what he perceived to be William’s “snobbish” attitude when he questioned whether his younger brother should rush into things.
And the strained relationship between William and Harry – whose bond once appeared unbreakable – was clear at the Sussexes’ final royal engagement in March 2020.
Harry laid bare his rift with William – and his father Prince Charles – during his and Meghan’s controversial Oprah Winfrey interview.
It is the first time Harry has returned to the UK in the wake of Megxit. The pregnant Duchess of Sussex is staying in the US after she was advised against flying.
He is quarantining at his and Meghan’s former residence, Frogmore Cottage.
Harry and William released separate statements on Monday paying tribute to their grandfather.
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