Harry, William seen chatting collectively after royal funeral

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LONDON (AP) — A 12 months after they final noticed each other, Prince William and his brother Prince Harry put their fraught relationship apart as they stated farewell to their grandfather at his funeral on Saturday.

The brothers have been somber and silent as they walked collectively in a procession behind Prince Philip’s coffin earlier than his funeral at Windsor Fortress together with their father, Prince Charles, and different shut family. They have been seen chatting and strolling collectively after the service concluded.

It was the primary time the brothers had been collectively in public since Harry stood down from royal duties and moved to the U.S. together with his spouse Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, and their son Archie in early 2020.

Tensions between Harry, 36, and William, 38, got here to the fore after Harry and Meghan gave a revealing interview to U.S. discuss present host Oprah Winfrey final month. The couple portrayed the royal household as detached to Meghan’s psychological well being struggles, and Harry described his relationship with William as “area for the time being.”

On Saturday, William and Harry walked in silence on both aspect of their cousin, Peter Phillips, as they joined different senior royals in Philip’s funeral procession. At one level Phillips fell behind barely to permit the brothers to stroll aspect by aspect — a visible echo of the second the pair, as boys in 1997, walked behind the coffin of their mom Princess Diana in one other royal funeral televised world wide.

The brothers sat reverse one another in St. George’s Chapel for the funeral, which was attended by solely 30 individuals due to coronavirus restrictions. Whereas William sat subsequent to his spouse Kate, Harry was on his personal as a result of Meghan is pregnant with their second youngster and was suggested by her physician to not make the lengthy journey.

Afterwards, Harry, William and Kate strolled collectively outdoors the chapel. Moments later, the brothers walked collectively alone whereas Kate spoke to Zara Tindall, one other of Queen Elizabeth II’s eight grandchildren who’s William and Harry’s cousin.

Rumors of a rift between the brothers — William, the inheritor, and Harry, the “spare” — have rumbled no less than since 2019. That is when Harry and Meghan separated from the Royal Basis, initially arrange because the brothers’ joint charitable enterprise, to arrange their very own platform. That 12 months, Harry stated he beloved his brother dearly however they have been “on completely different paths” and have “good days” and “unhealthy days.”

Many consider that William was angered and harm by Harry’s determination to talk so publicly in regards to the royal household’s points through the Winfrey interview. In a single explosive allegation, they stated a member of the family — not the queen or Philip — had expressed “considerations” about Archie’s doable pores and skin coloration earlier than he was born. Meghan has a Black mom and a white father.

Days after the interview aired, William insisted “we’re very a lot not a racist household,” and stated he had not spoken to Harry because the broadcast.

It is unclear whether or not the passing of their grandfather will assist the brothers heal their rift. It wasn’t instantly clear how lengthy Harry, who has been self-isolating in step with the U.Okay.’s coronavirus restrictions since arriving from California early this week, will keep in his residence nation.

Saturday’s funeral was restricted to solely 30 individuals, who all needed to put on masks, sit in household bubbles and stay socially distanced in the identical church that had hosted lots of of individuals for Harry and Meghan’s royal marriage ceremony in 2018. And Britain’s continued coronavirus restrictions could restrict how a lot alternative the brothers will get to clean over their variations.

“Due to the restrictions of COVID, it’s tough to get right down to respectable conservations,” stated royal biographer Penny Junor. “It’s most likely fairly tough to sit down down as they usually would over a beer and focus on issues.”

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