Philip's funeral a 'turning point' in William and Harry's relationship

Marni Dixit
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·3-min read

Prince William and Prince Harry might have a long way to go before fully reconciling, but sources have suggested Prince Philip's funeral was a "turning point" for the brothers.

The brothers were seen walking beside each other and talking after the funeral service at St George's Chapel in Windsor.

Prince William and Prince Harry at Prince Philip's funeral
Sources claimed while they still have a way to go, Prince William and Prince Harry's relationship took a turn for the better at Prince Philip's funeral. Photo: Getty

Twitter exploded once the moment was shown on TV, with one person commenting: “This is so lovely to see! The three of them supporting each other in this sad time”.

“Grief really makes people come together and reevaluate everything,” another person wrote.

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“It did warm my heart seeing William, Harry and Kate so close,” a person wrote, with another agreeing, writing: “Just like old times”.

One source told The Mirror, "It will take a long time to heal on all sides, but the initial signs are encouraging. It is very much hoped this is a turning point."

Another added, "It’s no secret tensions have been running incredibly high of late, not to mention the brothers have barely uttered a word to each other in many months. 

"Perhaps with the Duke’s passing and their grandmother’s call for unity it could be the catalyst for a renewed relationship. Everyone certainly hopes so."

A royal aide added that their "wounds are still very raw".

"There is a realisation that everyone does need to reach some form of resolution, if only for the Queen, who has said it is her wish that the family comes together," they said.

The royal family processes behind Prince Philip's coffin
The brothers were led by their father, as they processed through the Windsor Castle grounds behind a bespoke Land Rover hearse, designed by Prince Philip

The funeral was the first time the brothers were face to face after Harry and wife Meghan Markle's explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Sources have added the brothers are "united in grief" and are determined not to let anything get in the way of commemorating their grandfather.

"Kate seemed to take the lead in chatting, but when the brothers started to walk together it was entirely natural with no sign of stress or discord in their companionship," body language expert Adrianne Carter told The Sun. "There was no forced show and no sign of avoiding each other.

Kate Middleton, Prince Harry and Prince William talk after Philip's funeral
The brothers were seen walking beside each other and talking after the funeral service at St George's Chapel in Windsor. Photo: BBC

"In fact, William paused so Harry could walk up the hill with them. It looks to me like grief has reunited them."

Both brothers wore black suits and military medals, as they walked in the procession route, which was lined by representatives from the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, the Highlanders, and 4th Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland and the Royal Air Force.

When they got inside the church, the brothers were seated opposite each other and kept their heads bowed for most of the ceremony.

Prince Harry had not been pictured with his family since he and his wife, Meghan Markle, decided to leave their roles in the royal family and move to California last year.

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