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Prince William and Prince Harry will not walk side-by-side in grief during the funeral procession for their grandfather, Prince Philip, it has been confirmed.
Harry and William will instead be separated by their cousin Peter Philips, son of the Duke of Edinburgh’s daughter, Princess Anne.
The trio will walk behind their grandfather’s coffin in line as it is taken into St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
William will then move ahead of his brother as the Royal Family arrive at the Chapel.
It will mark the first time the pair have come face-to-face since Harry and Meghan Markle's bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview, in which they claimed senior Royals had commented on Archie Mountbatten-Windsor’s skin tone prior to his birth.
Prince Harry also claimed his father, Prince Charles, is "trapped" within the monarchy and that the Prince of Wales left him and his family without security in Canada.
The Queen's separation of William and Harry is reportedly purposeful as she does not want anything to "detract" from what the day is about, "commemorating the life of her extraordinary husband," a Royal source said.
Buckingham Palace confirmed on Thursday, April 15 that just 30 guests will be invited to Prince Philip's service thanks to current Covid laws.
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Among the guests are Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, all of the Duke’s children, grandchildren, and their spouses, and the children of the Queen’s sister, Princess Margaret.
Three of Philip’s German relatives, Bernhard, the Hereditary Prince of Baden; Donatus, Prince and Landgrave of Hesse; and Prince Philipp of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, are also invited.
Prince Philip’s close friend, Countess Countess Mountbatten of Burma, previously known as Lady Romsey and later Lady Brabourne, who was Philip’s carriage driving partner, will also come.
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The Duke of Edinburgh was reportedly the driving force behind the arrangements, eager to have a ceremony reflective of his life.
Queen Elizabeth II, Philip's wife of over 73 years, will sit by herself in the choir of St George’s Chapel.
Buglers of the Royal Marines will sound Action Stations during the service, a single played on a warship to tell men to go to battle stations.
It is also featured at some funerals of naval men.
A reduced choir of four singers will feature during the service and the guests will follow Covid rules and not sing.
- Prince Harry
- Prince William
- Prince Philip
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