Meghan to stay home as Harry and William reunite for royal funeral

Sarah Carty
·Lifestyle Editor
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Prince William and Prince Harry will reunite for the first time since the Sussexes explosive tell-all interview about the royal family.

Prince Harry is believed to be in the middle of planning his return to the UK for his grandfather Prince Philip’s funeral, however heavily-pregnant Meghan Markle will stay at home in California on doctor’s orders.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry arrive at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial on April 9, 2017 in Vimy, France. The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry along with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Francois Hollande attend the centenary commemorative service at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial.
Prince Harry and Prince William are expected to stand shoulder-to-shoulder at Prince Philip's funeral. Photo: Getty Images

Royal experts believe the reunion of Prince Harry and his family could heal the rift between them after Prince Harry sat down with Oprah Winfrey last month in a shocking interview about life as a royal.

Members of the royal family and the Duke of Edinburgh’s royal household will walk behind his coffin at his funeral on Saturday, April 17.

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Prince Harry and Prince William are expected to walk shoulder-to-shoulder, along with 28 other guests on the day, marking the Duke of Sussex’s first reunion with the royals since he quit his role as a senior member of the family and moved to the US.

Meghan Markle Prince Harry and Prince Philip attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on December 25, 2017 in King's Lynn, England.
Meghan Markle will reportedly stay at home on doctor's orders. Photo: Getty Images

Royal sources are now hoping the brothers will unite in grief over their grandfather’s death.

“There has been so much bad blood but everyone is hoping that, perhaps, this will mark the beginning of a reconciliation,” a source told the Mail on Sunday.

“They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Everyone will be watching the funeral closely to see the body language between the brothers.”

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales with Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during Trooping The Colour 2018 on June 9, 2018 in London, England.
Prince Harry will also reunite with his father, Prince Charles. Photo: Getty Images

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, echoed those sentiments in an interview with Times Radio.

“Many a family gather and get over tension and broken relationships at the time of a funeral. Something very profound unites them all again. And that would be true for this family, I'm sure,” he said.

Prince Harry is believed to have spoken to both his father, Prince Charles, and his brother, Prince William since Prince Philip’s death, according to The Sun.

Prince Harry, Prince Phillip and Prince William enjoy the atmosphere during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final match between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on October 31, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.
Prince Harry is believed to be in the middle of making plans to return to the UK for Prince Philip's funeral. Photo: Getty Images

In his interview with Oprah Winfrey last month, Prince Harry revealed the extent of the tension in his relationships with his father and brother.

Prince Harry said Prince Charles stopped answering his calls after he and Meghan Markle moved to California.

He also claimed he was cut off financially and revealed the pair had a lot to work through before they could heal things between them.

When asked about his relationship with his brother Prince William, he said "I love him to bits".

"He's my brother, we've been through hell together," he said.

"And we have a shared experience. But we, you know, we have different paths."

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