Position of William and Harry’s ‘peacemaker’ cousin shows how Queen united them

Princess Anne’s son Peter Philips – who notably walked between Prince William and Prince Harry at Prince Philip's funeral in Windsor in April 2021 – was not needed as a buffer between the two princes today at the Queen's procession.

The formerly-warring brothers walked shoulder to shoulder as they sombrely followed the coffin of their grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, between Buckingham Palace to Westminster.

A royal source told The Telegraph earlier this week that Peter, who has been referred to as Her Majesty the Queen’s 'favourite grandchild,' might be told to keep Harry and William apart.

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"Peter is used to acting as a bit of a buffer," the source said. "He may play that role again in a bid to pull them along together”.

Although, they added, ““We are certainly not in the same place as Philip’s funeral when William and Harry didn’t walk side by side”.

But as it turned out, the brothers walked side-by-side today, joined by all the senior royals.

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Directly behind the coffin during its transportation to the Abbey, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex walked to the left, with Prince Andrew, the Duke of York to his right, Princess Anne to Andrew's right and Prince Charles III, Britain's new King, flanking the Princess Royal.

Prince Anne's husband, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, walked behind Peter, Harry, and new Prince of Wales William, along with Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, and David Armstrong-Jones, the second Earl of Snowdon.

But all eyes were on the two brothers, reunited at last.

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Former royal butler Paul Burrell believed that Her Majesty’s death would serve to heal the bitter rift between Prince William and Prince Harry.

"If you had asked her what her legacy would be, she would have said leaving the family in fine form,” he told Closer magazine.

And a large part of that “fine form” would be to bring the two warring brothers together, he thinks.

“I sincerely hope that can happen,” he said, “that Her Majesty’s greatest legacy will be to have reunited her family at this very emotionally difficult time and help them to work through their differences and forge some kind of path for the future.”

Her Majesty's funeral will take place on September 19, giving members of the public plenty of time to pay their respects.

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