Prince William and Prince Harry won’t be strolling subsequent to one another at Prince Philip’s funeral on April 17, Buckingham Palace confirmed on Thursday. The brothers will each stroll behind their grandfather’s coffin, however their cousin Peter Phillips will stroll between them. For the second procession into the chapel, William will then stroll with Peter, whereas Harry and David Armstrong-Jones will stroll behind them.
However earlier than rumors of Harry and William’s brotherly rift start swirling once more, a palace spokesperson famous to Folks that the procession order was “a sensible change somewhat than sending a sign.” The spokesperson added: “This can be a funeral and we aren’t going to be drawn into perceptions of drama. The preparations have been agreed and characterize Her Majesty’s needs.” In an effort to mirror household unity, the household can even forgo carrying navy uniforms and as a substitute put on mourning gown.
Philip died at the age of 99 on April 9. Following his passing, Harry returned to the UK for the primary time since his royal exit, although his spouse, Meghan Markle — who’s at present pregnant with their second little one — was suggested by her doctor to not journey. Nevertheless, the couple did pay tribute to him on their Archewell web site. Harry additionally penned a separate letter for his grandfather, through which he thanked Philip for his service, for his “dedication to Granny,” and for all the time being himself.