Princes Harry and William will not be walking side by side, during the funeral of their grandfather Prince Philip on Saturday, 17 April.
Prince Philip died at age 99, on 9 April, just a month after he had returned from a London hospital.
It was initially expected that the brothers would walk alongside each other, behind Prince Philip’s coffin, in the ceremonial precession.
According to Buckingham Palace, William and Harry’s cousin, Peter Phillips, will walk between the princes as they escort the coffin to St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, west of London.
Back in 1997, the world watched as the brothers walked together, behind their mother Princess Diana’s coffin.
The funeral will be attended by only 30 people, as per Britain’s COVID-19 restrictions. The guest list is limited to Queen Elizabeth and Philip’s four children, eight grandchildren, their spouses, the late Princess Margaret’s children and several members of Philip’s Greek and German family.
Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, was married to Queen Elizabeth for 73 years and considered the longest-serving consort in British history.
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It’s not clear why the royal family made the decision, however it has been reported that this could be due to rising tension between the two brothers, particularly following the explosive television interview Prince Harry did with his wife, Meghan Markle.
The revelations from the sit down with Oprah Winfrey had people’s jaws dropping to the floor – from allegations of racism towards the couple’s son Archie to reported bullying being levelled against Meghan, by William’s wife, Kate Middleton.
Buckingham Palace further said that as a show of unity, senior royals will wear civilian clothes to the funeral.
Had they been required to don their military uniform, Harry would have been the only member of the royal family out of place. He forfeited his honorary military titles when he stepped down from his duties as a senior royal.
Harry and Meghan currently live in the United States (US) with their son. The couple is also expecting a baby girl in June, which is why a heavily pregnant Meghan couldn’t join her husband on the trip.