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Charles’s funeral ‘masterstoke’ gave ‘first glimpse’ of Harry and William’s ‘bitter split’

Prince Harry and Prince William talk as they leave funeral

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For the first time since March last year, Harry reunited with his older brother as they said goodbye to their grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh. The brothers were spotted on camera speaking to each other, seemingly put an end to their ongoing rift.

But according to royal author and expert, Richard Kay, it was Prince Charles’s small gesture that allowed the brothers to speak.

He said: “As the limousines drew up to take mourners from the Galilee porch of St George’s Chapel back to Windsor Castle’s private quarters, Prince Charles used the briefest of gestures to send them, empty of their royal passengers, away.”

Mr Kay added: “For instead of hiding behind the bulletproof glass of their chauffeur-driven cars, the family walked side by side together, ripped off their face masks and talked.

“This could have been a moment of risk, instead it allowed us the first glimpse of the possibility that somehow William and Harry can put their bitter split behind them and rebuild that once whisper-close bond.

“It is hard to read too much into this encounter, for it was all too brief, but if there is to be reconciliation between the brothers, this was surely the moment of its inception.”

The royal expert went on to say how Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, “seized the opportunity” for the brothers to “build bridges”.

He said: “Crucially it also provided a chance to build bridges between William and Harry and it was Kate who seized the opportunity.

“As they emerged into the castle precincts she was already chatting animatedly with Harry.

“With no cars to collect them there was no alternative but to walk.”

Vanity Fair’s royal expert Katie Nicholl said it would have been “incredibly emotional” for Harry to be reunited with his family.

She said: “Clearly there are things that need to be sorted out but if there is one thing we have seen today, this is a family with real emotions and feelings and rifts all being a part of it.

“It will have been an incredibly emotional homecoming for Prince Harry to be reunited with his family.”

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While Harry and William reunited, it has been claimed other members of the Royal Family, including Princess Anne, Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Sussex, did not acknowledge Harry before or during the service.

One source said today: “Ironically the only one who has expressed any sympathy towards him is Prince Andrew.

“He knows from Sarah Ferguson – and now first hand – how it feels to be the outsider, which Harry very much is.

“As far as the others are concerned, there is a deep sense of protection towards the Queen and resentment towards Harry.

“There is little sympathy for him after what he and Meghan said on Oprah.”

Their reunion comes following Harry and Meghan Markle’s explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made several accusations about their time as members of the royal family.

They claimed there were conversations about the colour of Archie’s skin before he was born.

Meghan – who did not attend the funeral due to being heavily pregnant – also said she was close to suicidal.

Harry and Meghan stepped down as senior members of the Royal Family and moved to California.

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