William and Harry's cousin will walk between them in the funeral procession

Jennifer Savin
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Photo credit: WPA Pool - Getty Images
Photo credit: WPA Pool - Getty Images

The Royal Family are currently preparing to say their goodbyes to Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, who has died at the age of 99. His funeral is set to take place tomorrow in St George's Chapel and will feature a scaled-down guest list of 30 due to COVID-19 restrictions, including both Prince William and Prince Harry, who flew in from LA earlier this week.

Many have been speculating as to whether or not the Duke's sad passing could be a catalyst for the brothers to repair their relationship, which Harry described during his and wife Meghan Markle's tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey as being one of "space".

"The relationship is 'space' at the moment," said Prince Harry. "And time heals all things, hopefully."

Further details about the funeral have now been released and show that the two brothers will not walk side by side with one another during the procession behind their grandfather's coffin to the chapel, but instead will have their cousin, Peter Phillips, positioned between them.

It's reported that William will then move ahead of Harry as the family split into pairs after the coffin is taken inside St George's at Windsor Castle.

Photo credit: Chris Jackson - Getty Images
Photo credit: Chris Jackson - Getty Images

Commenting on the decision to keep the two brothers apart, a royal spokesperson was quoted by The Guardian as saying that Buckingham Palace would not be drawn into any "perceptions of drama". They also report that a spokesperson said: "The arrangements have been agreed, and they represent Her Majesty’s wishes."

Considering that William, Harry and Peter are all the Duke of Edinburgh's grandsons it would make sense that they walk together. Given that there are also nine people walking in the procession behind the coffin too, it seems sensible that the three men have been grouped together.

The walk will be lead by Princess Anne and Prince Charles, followed by Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, then the three grandsons, with Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence and the Earl of Snowdon flanking the rear.

It has also been made known that the Queen will be sat alone during the chapel service, again due to coronavirus restrictions, and that traditional black clothing will be worn by all, rather than any sort of military uniform.

Our thoughts are with the entire family during this sad time.

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