Estranged Princes William and Harry were reunited in mourning on Monday as they appeared for a final farewell to their late grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.
The once-tough brothers put their feud behind them as they walked in a solemn procession behind their father, King Charles III, and their aunt and uncles to carry the monarch’s flag-draped coffin to Westminster Abbey.
However, heir to the throne William, 40, and his awoken California-based brother Harry, 38, avoided eye contact as they stood next to each other, faces frozen.
The Prince of Wales wore his uniform while his brother was forced to change into a morning suit after he was denied the privilege of wearing military dress because he chose to step down from his job as a member of the Royal Family.
Harry was also banned from saluting during the procession to Westminster Abbey – which caught the eye while other royals including the new monarch, his brother and Princess Anne all performed the gesture.
The reunion of the feuding siblings came two days after they attended a vigil for their grandmother at Westminster Hall, where Harry wore his uniform with special permission from the King.
After Prince William entered the Abbey ahead of the funeral service, he took a seat in the front row with his wife and their two eldest children, George, 9, and Charlotte, 7, while Prince Harry sat in the second row on the other side of the aisle behind his father and other senior royals.
For many royal observers, watching their funeral services is painfully reminiscent of 1997, when the brothers – then just 15 and 12 – walked behind the coffin of their mother, Princess Diana, following her car accident.
That includes future King William, who admitted the events brought back “memories” for his grandmother of his mother’s funeral.
The Queen’s death has also rounded up the brothers, who stopped talking after Harry left the UK and life as a senior royal, and joined his wife Meghan Markle, 41, in a series of damning interviews calling his family accused of bullying and even racism.
The estrangement lasted until the Queen’s death, when William had no plans to see his brother, despite being a short walk from him during a rare visit to Britain.
The brothers also made their way to Scotland separately to try and see the dying queen, with Harry being forced to go alone without Markle – and only leaving the following morning, reportedly without seeing his brother and father.
It was all the more surprising when the brothers and their wives – Markle and the new Princess of Wales Kate Middleton, 40 – took a tour together last Sunday to see the tributes left at Windsor Castle.
But body language experts noted clear tensions between the group, with royal observers questioning whether it was a genuine attempt to mend their fractured relationship or just a show of unity in honor of the Queen.
The same goes for Harry and his father, King Charles III, 73, whom he accused of passing on the “pain and suffering” that forced him to give up royal life.
But in one of his first acts as king, Charles made a concession to his youngest son, allowing him to wear his military uniform at events for his grandmother – although he was stripped of the right after he gave up his royal duties.
Harry, on the other hand, insisted he “now welcomes my father in his new role as King Charles III.” would honor”.
However, he and Markle are now reportedly “angry” at the royals again after they were reportedly told their children will not be named HRH despite the order of succession having been shifted, putting them sixth and seventh respectively stand in the line of succession.
The royal family and their staff will remain in mourning for a further seven days after Monday’s funeral, the new king said.
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