In the end they stood shoulder by shoulder, and a world of royal watchers breathed a sigh of relief.
After a long, lonely, and at times deeply difficult year marked by rifts, anger, and resentment, Prince William and Prince Harry were finally reunited at the funeral for their grandfather Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.
As they walked solemnly behind their grandfather’s coffin on Saturday, in one of the most poignant and emotional processions in royal history, it was hard not to think back to the walk they made 24 years ago during the funeral for their mother, Princess Diana. And as the spring sunshine lit up Windsor Castle in all its glory, one imagined that Princess Diana would have been happy that her beloved boys were together again.
It has not been an easy reunion, and for Prince Harry, who flew in from California for the funeral a week ago so that he could adhere to the strict Covid quarantine rules, it was not the homecoming anyone had wanted. Although not entirely unexpected—Philip was 99 and had spent a month in the hospital in the weeks leading up to his death—his passing was sudden. Grief was etched on every one of the royal family’s faces on Saturday, but there was a silver lining in an otherwise very sad day— two brothers who once shared an unbreakable bond were reunited even if it was just briefly.
For the Queen, who cut a lonely figure as she sat by herself in St George’s Chapel, the instructions to William and Harry had been clear: bury the…