A cousin of Prince William and Harry will “act as mediator” between the brothers at Prince Philip’s funeral, it is claimed.
A service for the The Duke of Edinburgh is being held on Saturday after he died last week aged 99.
Much of the talk in the lead-up to the event has centred on the reportedly tense relationship between William and Harry
And it has now emerged that the brothers – who have not seen each other for a year – will not walk together at the funeral.
Instead, cousin Peter Phillips will be walking between the two.
The businessman is Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips’ son and has been described as a “really nice guy”.
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A source close to Mr Phillips told The Telegraph his role would be to “act as mediator”.
“Pete is very diplomatic and gets on very well with both William and Harry,” the insider is reported to have said.
“Clearly there are still tensions between the brothers, and Pete will try to defuse the situation.
“As the eldest of all the Queen’s grandchildren, he will take responsibility for ensuring there are no problems on the day.”
The royal funeral comes after Harry and wife Meghan Markle’s decision to walk away from the Firm and their bombshell Oprah interview.
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Full plans for the service – to be held at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle – were signed off by the Queen yesterday.
She has decided on “each and every” detail of her husband’s funeral to ensure his wishes are carried out under the circumstances.
Some 800 people would have been in attendance in a world without a pandemic, it is thought.
Only 30 guests have been invited to the April 17 event, including most of the late duke’s closest relatives.
The Queen is said to have ensured nothing “detract from what the day is about, commemorating the extraordinary life of her husband”.
William will move ahead of his brother as Philip’s coffin is taken into the chapel, as the royal family arrives in pairs.
A rift is said to have grown between the pair in the run-up to Megxit in March 2020.
Harry and Meghan then sat down with Oprah Winfrey a year later and made several revelations – some of which are said to have upset William.