A royal expert says Prince William and Prince Harry will be “well behaved” when they are reunited for the first time in over a year at their grandfather’s funeral .
But despite the ongoing rift, William and Harry will walk behind a custom-made Land Rover hearse that will carry Prince Philip’s coffin to St George’s Chapel during a procession.
But they will not walk together, as they will be separated by their cousin and the Duke of Edinburgh’s oldest grandson Peter Phillips.
Royals expert Robert Jobson, who wrote the biography called ‘Prince Philip’s Century: The Extraordinary Life of the Duke of Edinburgh’, is confident that Harry and William will be on their best behaviour during the funeral.
Speaking on the Australian TV show Sunrise, he said: “Peter is not there to break them up. I’m sure they will be well behaved and not have a scrap around their grandfather’s coffin.
“Prince Philip’s oldest grandson is Peter Philips, a Scottish international schools rugby player so if there is any bother, he will be able to deal with them, but I’m sure they’ll be fine.”
Presenter Matt Doran said: “The focus is of course on paying tribute to the duke and not the separation, but reconciliation is what a lot of people around the world are hoping for.”
It is understood that the Queen has personally overseen the funeral preparations and she signed off on plans to separate her grandsons in the procession.
Mr Jobson said the Queen was “bearing up very well” and had “got her hair done” ahead of the funeral in Windsor.
“She will make sure this final tribute to him will go off perfectly,” he added.
The monarch will sit alone during the socially-distanced funeral service and wear a face mask throughout, due to Covid restrictions.
Only 30 people are allowed to attend the scaled-back service, which will be broadcast on BBC One, ITV and Sky, and just 15 will attend the wake.
In a statement, Royal Family says it will be a “Ceremonial Royal Funeral” that is “very much in line” with the wishes of Prince Philip .
The Queen will get one last moment alone with her late husband, before the eight-minute procession begins.
When his coffin arrives at the chapel, the national anthem will play, and it will be carried up the steps before the ceremony is paused for a minute’s silence at 3pm.
The funeral service, which will be conducted by the Dean of Windsor, is expected to last around 50 minutes and a choir of four will sing pieces of music chosen by The Duke of Edinburgh.