Here’s Why Prince Harry And Prince William Won’t Walk Side By Side At Prince Philip’s Funeral

It’s been widely reported that following Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s departure from official royal duties, and their subsequent decision to move across the pond to California — not to mention the tell-all interview the couple gave to Oprah Winfrey — that there is tension between the two sons of Princess Diana and Prince Charles.

Consider that it was newsworthy enough that Prince William spoke to his younger brother upon Harry’s arrival in the U.K. for their grandfather Prince Philip’s funeral on Saturday (via ABC News). This exchange only took place over the phone meanwhile, with Harry staying at Frogmore Cottage per COVID-19 quarantine requirements.

Now, People is reporting the at-odds princes will not be walking side by side when they pay their final respects to the Duke of Edinburgh. According to a statement from Buckingham Palace, Harry and William will indeed both be included in the processional — but in a metaphor perhaps mimicking their relationship, another family member is set to walk between the once very close princes.

This is who Prince William and Prince Harry will walk with during the funeral processional

According to the funeral details released by the royal family, Peter Phillips, Princess Anne’s son —of course she is Prince Philip’s daughter — will walk in between Prince William and Prince Harry as they proceed behind the coffin. Later, as the family walks to the chapel, William and Peter will walk together, while Harry walks with David Armstrong-Jones, who is Queen Elizabeth’s sister Margaret’s son (via People).

But lest anyone perceive that this arrangement is due to any ill will among the brothers, a spokesperson from Buckingham Palace said this was “a practical change rather than sending a signal.” The statement also sternly noted, “This is a funeral and we are not going to be drawn into perceptions of drama. The arrangements have been agreed and represent Her Majesty’s wishes.”

It’s worth noting the brothers will not see one another before the funeral, according to ABC News.

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