Prince Harry and William: Expert discusses 'really deep rift'
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The Queen, whose husband died last Friday at the age of 99, has been forced to step in to prevent grandson Harry and her son Prince Andrew from wearing their military uniforms at the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral on Saturday. This decision also means The Duke of Sussex and brother William will also be required to wear civilian clothing as opposed to uniforms. Harry spent ten years in the British Army, attaining the rank of Captain by the time he resigned his commission in 2015.
Shortly before his wedding to Meghan Markle in May 2018, the Duke of Sussex was given three additional titles, that of Lieutenant Commander, Major and Squadron Leader.
But his decision to step back from royal duties last year saw him stripped of those titles, meaning he is not entitled to wear military dress.
Harry’s return to the UK for Philip’s funeral also sees him reunited with brother William following the bombshell interview he and Meghan gave to chat show host Oprah Winfrey last month.
But Buckingham Palace has confirmed the royal brothers will not walk shoulder-to-shoulder as part of Philip’s funeral procession.
They will be separated by their cousin Peter Phillips as the trio walk in a line behind the coffin, while William will move ahead of Harry as the Royal Family arrives in pairs at St George’s Chapel.
TalkRADIO host Kevon O’Sullivan raged to his 51,000 followers on Twitter: “First, they’re all arguing about who gets to dress up as toy soldiers.
“Now feuding Harry and William won’t stand together shoulder to shoulder in grief.
“Sad and pathetic that Prince Philip’s funeral is mired in the Royal Family’s extraordinary propensity for petty squabbles.”
On Thursday, Buckingham Palace released new details for Prince Philip’s funeral on Saturday in Windsor.
Just 30 people will attend, as opposed to the 800 originally planned.
They will include all Philip’s children and grandchildren plus their spouses, the children of the Queen’s sister Princess Margaret, and three of Philip’s German relatives: Bernhard, Hereditary Prince of Baden; Prince Donatus, Landgrave of Hesse; and Prince Philipp of Hohenlohe-Langenburg.
But no members of the Royal Family will be in military uniform, and instead the men will wear morning coats with their medals while the women will appear in day dresses.
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On Thursday, the new details of the funeral released by the palace also revealed William and Harry will not walk shoulder-to-shoulder in Philip’s procession.
When asked whether arrangements for procession reflected the royal siblings’ relationship, a Buckingham Palace spokesman said: “This is a funeral, we’re not going to be drawn into those perceptions of drama, or anything like that, this is a funeral.
“The arrangements have been agreed, and they represent Her Majesty’s wishes, so we’re not going to say anything more on that.”
The spokesman stressed Philip’s funeral will “at its heart” be a “family event”.
The bond between Prince Harry and Prince William had always been traditionally close, particularly following the tragic death of their mother Prince Diana in August 1997.
But in 2019, when questioned about an alleged rift with his brother, Harry said he loved William dearly but they were “on different paths” and have “good days” and “bad days”.
The backdrop to this rift was further evident in Harry and Meghan’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.
This explosive interview saw the couple claim the Duchess of Sussex had received no support from the monarchy in her mental health struggles.
Harry and Meghan, who now live in the US, also accused an unnamed royal, not the Queen nor the Duke of Edinburgh, of raising concerns about how dark their son Archie’s skin tone would be before he was born in May 2019.
William strongly denied the accusation, saying when questioned by a journalist: “We’re very much not a racist family.”
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