The Dallas Morning News

Funeral procession to separate princes William, Harry

- By DANICA KIRKA

LONDON — Prince William and Prince Harry won’t walk side-by-side Saturday as they follow their grandfathe­r’s coffin into the church ahead of Prince Philip’s funeral, minimizing the chances of any awkward moments between the brothers who are grappling with strained relations since Harry’s decision to step away from royal duties last year.

Buckingham Palace on Thursday released the broad outlines of the funeral program for Queen Elizabeth II’S husband, who died April 9 at 99. The palace revealed that William and Harry’s cousin, Peter Phillips, will walk between the princes as they escort the coffin to St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, west of London.

Prince Charles, the heir to the throne and the princes’ father, together with his sister, Princess Anne, will lead the 15member procession.

The brothers will be closely watched as Saturday’s funeral will almost certainly remind the pair of their shared grief as they walked together behind the coffin of their mother, Princess Diana, in 1997 in London in a ceremony watched around the world

Palace officials refused to comment when asked whether the positionin­g was an effort to minimize family tensions, which have grown after Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, gave an explosive interview to Oprah Winfrey that suggested an unnamed member of the royal family had made a racist comment to Harry before the birth of their child Archie.

The palace said senior royals would wear civilian clothes. The decision means that Harry won’t risk being the only member of the royal family not in uniform.

It also sidesteps another potential controvers­y after reports that Prince Andrew, the queen’s second-oldest son, considered wearing an admiral’s uniform to his father’s funeral. Andrew retains his military titles even though he was forced to step away from royal duties after a disastrous interview with the BBC about his acquaintan­ce with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Attendance at the funeral will be limited to 30 people. The list will include several of Philip’s relatives from Germany, together with immediate members of the royal family. The children in the family will not attend.

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