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Royal reconciliation: Prince William and Prince Harry seen chatting at Prince Philip’s funeral

The Independent logo The Independent 17/04/2021 Harriet Hall and Olivia Petter

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The Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex were seen speaking to one another after the funeral of theirgrandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh — a possible sign of reconciliation after their bitter fallout.

The ceremony for Prince Philip took place on Saturday afternoon at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, after the Duke died on 9 April at the age of 99.

It was the first time that the brothers had seen each other in over a year and comes after Harry and Meghan’s explosive Oprah interview last month.

William and Harry walked separately in the Duke’s funeral procession, either side of their cousin Peter Phillips – Princess Anne’s son – behind their grandfather’s coffin en route to the chapel.

Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (C) and Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, (R) follow the coffin during the ceremonial funeral procession of Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh to St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle in Windsor, west of London, on April 17, 2021. - Philip, who was married to Queen Elizabeth II for 73 years, died on April 9 aged 99 just weeks after a month-long stay in hospital for treatment to a heart condition and an infection. (Photo by Alastair Grant / various sources / AFP) (Photo by ALASTAIR GRANT/AFP via Getty Images) Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (C) and Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, (R) follow the coffin during the ceremonial funeral procession of Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh to St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle in Windsor, west of London, on April 17, 2021. - Philip, who was married to Queen Elizabeth II for 73 years, died on April 9 aged 99 just weeks after a month-long stay in hospital for treatment to a heart condition and an infection. (Photo by Alastair Grant / various sources / AFP) (Photo by ALASTAIR GRANT/AFP via Getty Images)

They sat apart inside the chapel, opposite one another. The 30 guests in attendance at the ceremony sat separately within their respective household bubbles. 

Following the funeral, as the family filed out of the chapel, the brothers walked together, along with the Duchess of Cambridge, and were seen chatting as they did so.

The decision for Harry and William to walk separately in the procession prompted speculation that they could not be reconciled.

During Harry’s interview with Oprah Winfrey, he explained that the brothers were having “space at the moment”, but added, “time heals all things, hopefully”.

He added: “As I’ve said before, I love William to bits. He’s my brother. We’ve been through hell together. We have a shared experience, but we were on different paths.”

Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, look on during the funeral of Britain's Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth, who died at the age of 99, in Windsor, Britain, April 17, 2021. Gareth Fuller/Pool via REUTERS © Thomson Reuters Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, look on during the funeral of Britain's Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth, who died at the age of 99, in Windsor, Britain, April 17, 2021. Gareth Fuller/Pool via REUTERS

They were said to have spoken on the phone last month in the wake of the interview.

However, according to CBS News presenter Gayle King, their conversation was “unproductive”.

The image of the brothers walking in the procession brought to mind that of 15-year-old William and 12-year-old Harry walking behind the coffin of their mother, Diana, the Princess of Wales, at her royal ceremonial funeral on 6 September 1997.

Prince Philip’s funeral adhered to strict Covid guidelines, with only 30 guests in attendance, all of whom are wearing masks and complying with social distancing.

FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019 file photo Meghan the Duchess of Sussex stands after she and her husband Britain's Prince Harry placed a Cross of Remembrance as they attend the official opening of the annual Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey in London. The Duchess of Sussex has revealed that she had a miscarriage in July. Meghan described the experience in an opinion piece in the New York Times on Wednesday. She wrote: "I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second." The former Meghan Markle and husband Prince Harry have a son, Archie, born in 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File) © ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019 file photo Meghan the Duchess of Sussex stands after she and her husband Britain's Prince Harry placed a Cross of Remembrance as they attend the official opening of the annual Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey in London. The Duchess of Sussex has revealed that she had a miscarriage in July. Meghan described the experience in an opinion piece in the New York Times on Wednesday. She wrote: "I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second." The former Meghan Markle and husband Prince Harry have a son, Archie, born in 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

The Duchess of Sussex did not attend the funeral. She had been “hopeful” to attend, but was not cleared for travel by her doctor, due to the stage she is at in her pregnancy. Instead, Meghan watched remotely from her Los Angeles home.

She did, however, pay tribute to the Duke by leaving a handwritten note for him on a wreath that Harry laid at St George’s Chapel behalf of himself and his wife at the chapel.

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