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Brothers at arm's length: William and Harry to march apart as Prince laid to rest

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Princes William and Harry, who have faced difficulties in their relationship over the last few months, will walk separately in the funeral procession for Prince Philip.

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Echoing the funeral of their mother Princess Diana after her death in 1997, when they were 15 and 12, the brothers will walk behind the coffin of their grandfather during the procession in Windsor on Saturday.

However, they will not be walking side by side.

Instead, they will be walking in a line separated by their cousin, Peter Phillips.

Prince William will be in front, as he is second in line to the throne after their father Prince Charles, followed by Peter and then Prince Harry.

The prince, who was married to Queen Elizabeth for seven decades and is also known as the duke of Edinburgh, died on April 9 aged 99. His funeral takes place at midnight Saturday, Queensland time.

The brothers have had a tense time recently, which Prince Harry hinted at when he was interviewed by Oprah Winfrey last month.

He described their relationship as being one of “space at the moment” and that they were on “different paths” but said he loved his brother “to bits”.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman declined to comment if the procession reflected their relationship, according to the PA news agency.

It is thought that the royals may also be physically distancing as Buckingham Palace said the event will follow strict coronavirus rules.

British media has reported how Prince Harry has been isolating after flying in from his Los Angeles home at the weekend.

Newspapers also reported on Wednesday that Prince Andrew, the duke of York and the Queen’s son, had requested to wear his military uniform at the service.

The Daily Mail newspaper claimed the duke told the Queen he wished to attend the funeral in admiral uniform despite currently holding position as vice-admiral in the royal navy.

The paper added that he was due to be made an admiral on his birthday last year but this was postponed due to recent criticism he faced over his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Buckingham Palace declined to comment on the story.

However, seemingly quashing the report, it was confirmed on Thursday the men will wear morning coats with their medals while the women will wear day dresses.

Buckingham Palace also announced that British and German relatives of Prince Philip will be attending the scaled-back, 30-guest funeral.

Queen Elizabeth, the couple’s four children, eight grandchildren, the Queen’s niece and nephew and three of her cousins will all be attending the small, family service on Saturday.

In addition, the prince’s German relatives Bernhard, Hereditary Prince of Baden, Prince Donatus, Landgrave of Hesse and Prince Philipp of Hohenlohe-Langenburg will be in attendance.

The Countess Mountbatten of Burma, a close friend of Prince Philip, will also be attending the service.

Some of the spouses of the Queen’s children and grandchildren have been included on the guestlist.

But Meghan, the duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry’s wife, is not going to the funeral due to her pregnancy.

According to PA, Buckingham Palace said the Queen had some “very difficult” decisions regarding who was allowed to attend the funeral under England’s current strict coronavirus rules.

Originally, 800 people would have been invited to the late royal consort’s funeral but under the new rules only 30 people are allowed to attend.

GUESTLIST FOR THE FUNERAL OF PRINCE PHILIP

1. Queen Elizabeth II – Wife of Prince Philip

2. The Prince of Wales – Prince Charles, son of Prince Philip and the Queen

3. The Duchess of Cornwall – Camilla, wife of Prince Charles

4. The Duke of Cambridge – Prince William, son of Prince Charles, grandson of Prince Philip and the Queen

5. The Duchess of Cambridge – Kate, wife of Prince William

6. The Duke of Sussex – Prince Harry, son of Prince Charles, grandson of Prince Philip and the Queen

7. The Duke of York – Prince Andrew, son of Prince Philip and the Queen

8. Princess Beatrice – Daughter of Prince Andrew, granddaughter of Prince Philip and the Queen

9. Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi – Husband of Princess Beatrice

10. Princess Eugenie – Daughter of Prince Andrew, granddaughter of Prince Philip and the Queen

11. Jack Brooksbank – Husband of Princess Eugenie

12. The Earl of Wessex – Prince Edward, son of Prince Philip and the Queen

13. The Countess of Wessex – Sophie, wife of Prince Edward

14. Lady Louise Windsor – Daughter of Prince Edward and Sophie, granddaughter of Prince Philip and the Queen

15. Viscount Severn – Son of Prince Edward and Sophie, grandson of Prince Philip and the Queen

16. The Princess Royal – Princess Anne, daughter of Prince Philip and the Queen

17. Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence – Husband of Princess Anne

18. Peter Phillips – Son of Princess Anne, grandson of Prince Philip and the Queen

19. Zara Phillips – Daughter of Princess Anne, granddaughter of Prince Philip and the Queen

20. Mike Tindall – Husband of Zara

21. Earl of Snowdon – Son of the late Princess Margaret, nephew to the Queen

22. Lady Sarah Chatto – Daughter of the late Princess Margaret, niece to the Queen

23. Daniel Chatto – Husband of Lady Sarah Chatto

24. Duke of Gloucester – Prince Richard, cousin of the Queen

25. Duke of Kent – Prince Edward, cousin of the Queen

26. Princess Alexandra – Cousin of the Queen

27. Bernhard, Hereditary Prince of Baden – Grand-nephew of Prince Philip

28. Prince Donatus, Landgrave of Hesse – Cousin of Prince Philip

29. Prince Philipp of Hohenlohe-Langenburg – Grand-nephew of Prince Philip

30. The Countess Mountbatten of Burma – Close friend of Prince Philip

 

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