Buckingham Palace revealed on Thursday, April 15, that William, 38, and Harry, 36, will not walk next to each other behind Philip’s coffin on Saturday, April 17. Instead, their cousin Peter Phillips — Princess Anne and Mark Phillips’ son — will be in between them.
Harry will walk behind William and Peter, 43, for the second procession into St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. The Duke of Sussex will have David Armstrong-Jones — Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones’ son — beside him.
“These are practical changes rather than sending a signal. This is a funeral, and we are not going to be drawn into perceptions of drama,” Buckingham Palace told Us Weekly in a statement. “The arrangements have been agreed and represent Her Majesty’s wishes as well as the personal wishes of The Duke.”
Some royal watchers expected William and Harry to walk together at the funeral. However, tension between the brothers stirred up speculation about how they would interact at the service after Philip died at age 99 on Friday, April 9.
“For the period that Harry is [in England], they will very much put their differences behind them,” royal biographer Ingrid Seward exclusively told Us. “I think that Harry will…