Kate Middleton, who will be Queen Catherine one day, Saturday acted as a “peacemaker” Kate the unifier between Prince Harry and William as they shared a private chat while walking away from Prince Philip’s emotional funeral.
— Daily Mail U.K. (@DailyMailUK) April 18, 2021
The tender reunion between the brothers, facilitated by Kate, William’s wife, was the first time they have seen each other face-to-face in more than a year after Mexit, when Harry quit the UK. Pregnant Meghan Markle did not attend the wedding opting too remain in Los Angeles on “doctor’s orders.”
Aides who were “walking on eggshells” over how the reunion would go down were understood to be “visibly relieved” when the brothers finally spoke after the service, walking together with Kate, reportedly acting as a peacemaker. By contrast, Meghan, who is considered the force behind the royal rift, sent flowers and a message for Prince Philip. Markle reportedly is not happy with the juxtaposition of Kate as the “unifier” and she as the “divider.”
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— Daily Mail U.K. (@DailyMailUK) April 4, 2021
Prince William and Prince Harry didn’t walk side by side at Prince Philip’s funeral. The decision came after Harry and Meghan Markle’s bombshell Oprah interview. “We are not going to be drawn into perceptions of drama,” a Buckingham Palace spokesperson said.
Apparently, Prince William personally asked not to walk side by side with brother Prince Harry at their grandfather’s funeral — and some senior royals refused to even acknowledge the outspoken younger prince, according to a report.
William, 38, had made the request that saw them separated by their cousin Peter Phillips, the son of Princess Anne, as they walked behind Prince Philip’s coffin Saturday, sources told the Mail on Sunday.
It was just part of “a great deal of frostiness” Harry faced during his first time home in the UK following the damning allegations he and wife Meghan Markle made against his family during their TV tell-all.
Queen Elizabeth II’s daughter, Anne, and youngest son, Prince Edward, 57, failed to even acknowledge Harry before or during yesterday’s service, as did Edward’s wife, Sophie, the UK paper claimed.
While the family put on a “united front for the Queen” at her husband’s funeral, “They all think [Harry] has behaved appallingly,” the sources said.
Also, for her part, Meghan Markle is reportedly “ready to forgive” the Royal Family after Prince Philip’s death and “wants to put their differences aside”, according to a friend.
Harry, meanwhile, was “just doing what he’s told and getting on with it,” a source close to him told the Sunday paper.