Harry and William, separated from their cousins, follow the coffin
Nearly 24 years ago, the world’s 15- and 12-year-old sibling couple traveled thousands of miles through the grounds of Windsor Castle behind a wagon carrying their mother’s coffin.
The image of the boys, Prince William and Prince Harry, bowed their heads as they walked slowly along with their father, uncle and grandfather, immersed in Britain’s national consciousness.
On Saturday evening, the eyes of the country and the world turned to the brothers at another funeral, that of their grandfather, Prince Philip.
This time, much of the interest was focused on the relationship between the princes, Harry and his wife, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, offered a terrific interview with Oprah Winfrey a few weeks later. their differences with the royal family. Harry also said his brother and father, Prince Charles, are “trapped” by their roles.
William and Harry both walked behind his grandfather’s coffin in the procession to the funeral service, but Prince Philip’s eldest grandson, Peter Phillips, walked among the brothers. The brothers, like all the other mourners in attendance, sat while they were in the chapel.
But when they left after the ceremony, the TV cameras saw the brothers far away from the building. As their family left the chapel, they walked with Harry William and his wife, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, and saw them exchanging a few words.
Knowing if Grandpa’s funeral will help him heal a seemingly strained relationship of the brothers it has been swirling since Philip died on April 9th. Prince Harry returned to Britain this past week from his home in California since his first visit he left as king in the first year. Pregnant Meghan stayed at home on the doctor’s orders, Buckingham Palace said.
In the days leading up to the funeral, British tabloids examined the relationship between the brothers, and The Daily Mail asked: “If you were William, could you forgive Harry?” But in public statements, the two men relied on the personal loss of their family patriarch.
As William said of his grandfather, “I feel fortunate not only to lead my example, but also to have a lasting presence in my adult life, in the good times and the hardest days.”
“I’m going to miss Grandpa, but I know he would like to continue with the work,” he added.
Harry, in a separate statement, said Philip was “truly himself” and “because of his charm, he was the man who could get the attention of any room.” He added that his grandfather would be remembered as “a longtime member of the monarch, a decorated soldier, a prince and a duke.”
“But for me,” Harry added, “like many of you who have lost a loved one or grandparent because of the pain of this past year, he was my grandfather: a master of barbecue, a legend of robins, and a curious right ending.”