The Dukes of Cambridge and Sussex followed their grandfather’s coffin, Prince Philip, during today’s funeral in Windsor.
Looking somber in suits and medals, the couple walked to either side of the prison, which was several feet apart, with their cousin Peter Phillips, Prince Anne’s son, between them.
Prince Harry was at the funeral without his wife Meghan, who was watching at the couple’s California home 5,000 miles away after being advised not to travel because she is pregnant.
There have been widespread reports of a bitter split in the relationship between the two brothers following Prince Harry’s decision to resign from the royal family after his marriage. The Queen later removed Prince Harry from all royal duties.
It is believed that the brother’s once-close bond was also seriously damaged by Harry and Meghan’s decision to interview US television star Oprah Winfrey, in which they asked private questions about their lives in the royal family, who they referred to as “The” revealed festivals “.
At their grandfather’s funeral on Saturday, the brothers were left in their own mind as they followed the hearse of the Duke’s Land Rover Defender, a design of their own. Prince William’s wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, had traveled ahead to the chapel where the funeral was being held.
It turns out that a card on a wreath that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex left for the Duke of Edinburgh at St. George’s Chapel was handwritten by Meghan.
Meghan and Harry personally chose the local flowers for their tribute – including Acanthus mollis (bear’s pants), the national flower of Greece to represent Philip’s legacy, and Eryngium (sea holly) to represent the Royal Marines.
The wreath also shows Campanula for gratitude and everlasting love, rosemary for memory, lavender for devotion and roses in honor of June as Philip’s birth month.
Meghan, who is expecting her second child, watched the action from more than 5,000 miles away in California after doctors advised her not to fly.
During the service, the brothers sat across from each other in St. George’s Chapel when the brothers said goodbye to their grandfather. The couple quarreled as part of just 30 family members for the downsized funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh. While William makes a bubble deal with his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, Harry sits alone.
After the parade service, the brothers came out of the chapel and talked after the Duchess of Cambridge started a conversation.
Earlier this month, Prince Harry paid tribute to his grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, saying he was “a man of service, honor and great humor”.
In a statement from his Archewell Foundation, he said: “My grandfather was a man of service, honor and great humor. He was authentically himself, with a seriously keen mind, and could draw the attention of any room because of his charm – and also because you never knew what to say next.
“He will be remembered as the longest reigning wife of the monarch, as a decorated soldier, prince and duke. But for me, like many of you who have lost a loved one or grandparent to the pain of last year, he was my grandpa: master of barbecues, legend of jokes and naughty to the end.
“He was a stone to Her Majesty the Queen, with unparalleled devotion by her side, married for 73 years, and while I could go on I know that now, beer in hand, he would say to all of us, ‘Oh keep it up! ‘
“With this in mind, Grandpa, thank you for your service, your commitment to Grandma and for always being yourself. You will be sorely missed but will always be remembered – by the nation and the world. Meghan, Archie and I (as well as your future great-granddaughter) will always have a special place for you in our hearts.
“Per Mare, Per Terram”. The Latin expression means “by sea, by land” and is the motto of the Royal Marines.