Prince Harry and William chatting is 'first step Prince Philip would have wanted', royal insider says
PRINCE Harry and William’s chat is the “first step” to mending their relationship that “Prince Philip would have wished for”, a royal insider has said.
The feuding brothers spoke for two hours after the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral on Saturday – sparking hopes that their rift can be healed.
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It marked Will and Harry’s first face-to-face conversation since Megxit and the Sussexes’ explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey last month, during which Harry said his relationship with his brother was “space”.
But on Saturday, millions watching on TV saw the warring brothers speaking to each other as they walked side by side away from St George’s Chapel – having been deliberately kept apart during the procession an hour earlier.
A source told the Daily Mail’s Richard Kay: “It’s early days but you’d hope this is exactly the first step Philip would have wished for.”
It comes as:
- Prince Harry was reunited with Will and Charles for two hours after Prince Philip's funeral
- Prince Andrew left his father's funeral in a new £220,000 Bentley
- Charles and William will lead talks to decide the future of the monarchy
- The Royals have agreed a rota to visit the Queen following her husband's death
Harry, 36, made the 5,400 mile journey back to the UK last week to ensure he could be at his grandfather’s funeral.
His wife Meghan Markle, 39, had wanted to attend but was advised against travelling by her doctor as she is pregnant with their second child.
Following the televised service, Charles also held private talks with his warring sons away from the cameras – sparking hopes that their devastating rift could be healed.
The Prince of Wales, who will lead talks on the future of the monarchy following Prince Philip’s death, is also reported to want Will to be at the forefront of any attempts at reconciliation.
The Duke of Sussex may now stay on for the Queen’s 95th birthday this Wednesday.
Ingrid Seward, editor of Majesty magazine, had previously claimed that Harry would head back to the US within 24 hours of the funeral, ahead of the Duchess reportedly going on maternity leave.
But the brothers were said to be "keen to spend time together as a family" after their grandfather's funeral – and a royal source told The Telegraph that both wanted to show their support to the Queen.
It’s early days but you’d hope this is exactly the first step Philip would have wished for
Harry has also said he will join his older brother for the unveiling of Princess Diana’s memorial statue at Kensington Palace.
Meanwhile, the royals have “agreed a rota” to visit the Queen ahead of her birthday as she grieves for her husband.
Members of the family will take it in turns to visit Queen Elizabeth for walks in Windsor along with her two new corgi pups
The Queen, who turns 95 on April 21, has said she was “coping” after having attended the funeral of her devoted husband of 73 years on Saturday.
She was spotted on Sunday driving out of Windsor Castle in a green Jaguar.
The plan to support the Queen is said to have been formed by the female leading figures in the family, including her daughter Princess Anne, daughters-in-law the Duchess of Cornwall and the Countess of Wessex, supported by the Duchess of Cambridge.
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