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Prince Harry and Prince William comforted Queen at ‘family gathering’ following funeral

Prince Philip funeral: Expert discusses 'small family gathering'

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The Queen evoked a lot of sympathy from royal watchers for the manner in which Her Majesty sat alone during the funeral service for Prince Philip, her husband for 73 years. The Monarch was forced to sit apart from the rest of the Royal Family due to social distancing measures. However, royal expert Ashley Pearson has revealed the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Charles, and Prince Harry did stay and comfort the Queen following the service at a “small family gathering.”

The Royal correspondent told 9 News Australia: “For everyone like myself who felt so terribly sorry for the Queen sitting all alone.

“I’ve heard that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Charles, and Camilla and I believe Harry as well.

“Stayed with the Queen until about 6 pm.

“So following the service, though there was not allowed to be a wake, there was in fact a small family gathering.

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“To be there to comfort her.”

It comes as several royal commentators questioned why the Queen was not able to have a member of her bubble present during the service.

Many viewers watching the ceremony were deeply moved by images of Her Majesty sat on her own throughout the somber occasion.

The news from Ms Pearson will comfort royals fans with the suggestion that the Queen’s children were able to rally around her and show their support despite the restrictions.

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The fact that both Prince William and Prince Harry were present at the family meeting could also have significance as the two estranged brothers seem to be stepping towards reconciliation.

The pair were seen together for the first time in more than a year as they walked behind the Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin before the funeral service at Windsor Castle.

As they took off their masks, William said “Yes it was great, wasn’t it”, to which Harry replied “It was as he wanted”, lipreaders said.

The brothers also spoke to the Archbishop of Canterbury, and William later said to his brother, “Absolutely beautiful service, ah, the music”, according to interpreters.

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ITN’s Tom Bradby said: “It’s often said funerals are a time for reconciliation and that’s a scene a lot of people wanted to see, not least the family itself.”

Commentator Eve Pollard said: “They were talking. They were possibly overcome by emotion. They were talking – and that’s got to be a very good sign. Let’s hope that they sort their recent troubles out because the Queen needs them both.”

Viewers were heartened by the sight, as one person tweeted: “What a wonderful sight then to see William, Harry and Kate walking together.”

Another remarked: “So nice to see William and Harry along with Kate mingling together after the funeral service. Just like old times.”

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