Meghan Markle's pal Gayle King says 'it's no secret Prince Harry and William's relationship is strained'

MEGHAN Markle's pal said it is "no secret Prince Harry and William's relationship is strained" as Prince Philip was laid to rest today.

Gayle King launched CBS' coverage of the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral by saying she suspects the family's "differences" will be "set aside for the day".  

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Prince Harry stood apart from William at Prince Philip's funeral as the brothers saw each other for the first time in over a year.

Going through the order of the day, Gayle said: “We'll see Prince William and Prince Harry. Their cousin, Peter Phillips, will be walking between them, the Queen's oldest grandson.

“William and Harry – there is no secret about this – have had a strained relationship, you could say, since Harry stepped away from his Royal duties.”

She then added that there was "family drama" that the world would be speculating over.

Prince Harry has been isolating at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor grounds until today, after flying in from LA for the funeral.

It is the first time he has seen his family since Megxit – although it's been reported he spoke on the phone to Charles and William after landing in the UK.


During the funeral procession Harry walked feet away from William, with Peter Phillips between them, as they processed behind the coffin.

Peter hung back slightly to allow the brothers to walk ahead at the same pace.

They moved slowly with the regimented family group towards the chapel.

Harry then stood behind William as they stood sombrely in the chapel as the coffin was gently put down.

During a talk-back with former Vanity Fair editor Tina Brown, Gayle King asked: "Are we reading too much into the body language?

"They didn't stand shoulder to shoulder when their mother was buried. This was by the Queen's design."

Ms Brown said there has been "a great deal of tension between them”.

To which Gayle added: “That’s no secret, yes.”

Gayle said Harry had been in quarantine until "this morning" after flying to the UK without his pregnant wife Meghan. 

"A lot has been made… at the end of the day, this is a family that's grieving. I would suspect all of the family differences would be set aside for the day," she said.  

Meanwhile Meghan Markle is watching Prince Philip's funeral on a live stream from the US after being advised not to attend due to her pregnancy.

The Duchess of Sussex, 39, has remained in the US on doctor's advice while Prince Harry made the 5,400-mile trip to the UK ahead of today's event.

She is understood to have watched the sombre proceedings today through a special live stream with Archie.

Gayle King led UBS' special report of Prince Philip's funeral in Windsor.

She also led coverage of his death last week, and the network devoted three packages to it on their morning show.

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