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Prince William ‘requested’ Peter Phillips walk between him and Harry for funeral

Prince William reportedly asked for Peter Philips to walk between him and Harry during Prince Philip’s funeral procession before sharing a moment of reconciliation after the service.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s death has come at a time of upheaval for the royal family with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex making accusations of racism and a lack of support against their family in their bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview.

Tensions between the brothers appeared to ease after the funeral on Saturday, with William and Harry leaving the service shoulder to shoulder.

However before the ceremony, Prince William did not want to walk with his brother and asked for their cousin Peter Phillips to stand between them, reports the Mail.

Members of the Royal Family follow the hearse, a specially modified Land Rover
Harry returned from his home in California for Prince Philip’s funeral

The grandchildren were separated by Peter, the son of Princess Anne as they walked behind the coffin at Windsor Castle on Saturday.

Prince Harry

flew into the UK from his home in California for the funeral but he apparently received “a great deal of frostiness” from some members of his family in the wake of his explosive interview.

It means he could be heading straight back to the United States without any reconciliation with his family, with Prince Andrew said to be “the only one” who has expressed any sympathy.

The source said: “As far as the others are concerned, there is a deep sense of protection towards the Queen and resentment towards Harry.

“There is little sympathy for him after what he and Meghan said on Oprah.”

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, looks on during the funeral of Britain's Prince Philip
William and Harry joined other members of the family to walk behind Prince Philip’s coffin

Harry and William share words as they leave together
Kate was seen walking with Harry and William after the funeral

Ahead of the funeral Peter was seen hanging back slightly allowing Harry and William to walk at the same pace.

Despite reports of a widening rift between the brothers, united in grief for their grandfather were seen walking and chatting after the service with the Duchess of Cambridge.

Harry’s wife Meghan remained in the US after doctors advised her not to fly due to her pregnancy.

Previously William has called his wife a peacemaker between the brothers.

Outside St George’s Chapel Kate was seen talking with brother-in-law Harry as the mourners left the service and William then joined them.

Cameras caught the moment Kate then stepped away to speak to Sophie, Countess of Wessex, leaving Harry and William to have a private moment.

The funeral is believed to be the first time in more than a year that the brothers have seen each other in person after Harry moved to the US and the pandemic stopped international travel.



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