The Courier-Mail

Feud at the funeral

- STEPHEN DRILL

AS THE royals rally around the Queen, there are concerns that battling brothers William and Harry may detract from the funeral for Prince Philip.

My grandfathe­r’s century of life was defined by service

My grandfathe­r was a man of service

I will miss my grandpa, but I know he would want us to get on with the job

I know that right now he would say to all of us, beer in hand, ‘Oh do get on with it’

... his infectious sense of adventure as well as his mischievou­s sense of humour

THE tensions between Prince Harry and Prince William are threatenin­g to overshadow the funeral of their beloved grandfathe­r.

As the royal family rallies around the Queen, there were concerns Tuesday night that the battling brothers may detract from the memorial to Prince Philip on Saturday.

It was revealed the Queen, 94, would be supported by a senior member of the royal family – most likely Prince Charles – when she resumes public engagement­s next month, to ensure she doesn’t “walk alone”.

However, there was pressure on her grandchild­ren to set aside their difference­s, at least for the funeral.

Royal watchers noted that Prince Harry got personal instead of using American-style corporate speak in his touching statement to his grandfathe­r, while Prince William said the duke would want them to get on with the job.

However, the contrastin­g statements highlighte­d how far apart the feuding brothers remain. “The difference­s will not be easily resolved by a single encounter at the wake,”

... master of the barbecue, legend of banter, and cheeky right ’til the end

respected royal author Robert Lacey said.

Prince Harry has been holed up at Frogmore Cottage in the grounds of Windsor Castle, the home he paid $5m to renovate with his Netflix deal cash. He arrived on Sunday and was isolating under coronaviru­s rules.

Prince Harry was yet to see Prince William, who was on Tuesday night at his country estate Anmer Hall in Norfolk, about 2½ hours drive north of London.

The breakdown in the relationsh­ip between Prince Harry, 36, and Prince William, 38, has threatened to eclipse the funeral for Prince Philip on Saturday.

The duke, who died aged 99, will be honoured by the brothers as they walk behind his coffin in the funeral march to St George’s Chapel.

The pair released statements within 30 minutes of each other late on Monday, Australian time, whereas in better times they may have put out a joint tribute.

Prince Harry spoke of his grandfathe­r warmly as a “legend of banter” and “master of the barbecue” in a personal tone absent from his previous missives from America, believed to have been shaped by his wife Meghan’s public relations team.

Prince William’s statement contained the line: “Catherine and I will continue to do what he would have wanted and will support the Queen in the years ahead. I will miss my grandpa, but I know he would want us to get on with the job.”

That jab was seen as a line in the sand to Prince Harry, who stepped back from royal duties in March 2020, and then blasted the royal family as racist in an awkward interview with Oprah Winfrey last month.

WE already knew Prince Philip was a fine man, from the devotion he showed the Queen in 73 years of marriage.

But there’s more.

He also was soundly sceptical about climate alarmism.

Australian geologist Ian Plimer, author of The Climate Change Delusion, has just released fan mail Philip sent him in 2018, on Windsor Castle letterhead, saying that he is “very much enjoying reading” the book, just as he “very much enjoyed” Plimer’s previous critique of climate alarm “Heaven and Earth”.

Plimer’s thesis in both books is that throughout history the climate always has changed, with or without human interventi­on, and there is no relationsh­ip between carbon dioxide and temperatur­e.

“I find it frustratin­g, as a lay person, to find answers to technical questions,” wrote Philip, a practical conservati­onist, then aged 96.

“You see gigantic wind turbines appearing all over the country, but there is very little about the practical value of these monstrosit­ies. Your book demolishes the fictions created by wishful thinking.

“When will common sense and good science prevail and what happens if (it) does not do so fairly soon.”

The letter, which Plimer gave to Spectator Australia editor Rowan Dean after Philip died last week, was not the first communicat­ion between the prince and the sceptic.

As the UK Telegraph newspaper reported at the time, Philip invited Plimer to come to London to give a lecture about climate change in 2010, only to be overruled by royal mandarins who withdrew the invitation “with great regrets”, explaining that “members of the Royal Family (can’t be seen) advocating or supporting a particular political stance”.

Fair enough, but by the same token let’s hope Prince Charles keeps his environmen­tal causes he and woke Harry support when he becomes King to himself.

 ??  ?? Prince William’s and Prince Harry’s tributes to their grandfathe­r Prince Philip, ahead of his funeral on Saturday.
Prince William’s and Prince Harry’s tributes to their grandfathe­r Prince Philip, ahead of his funeral on Saturday.
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