Princes William and Harry to walk side-by-side behind Queen’s coffin sparking heartbreaking memories of Diana's funeral

Detailed arrangements are currently being crafted for the beloved late monarch's state funeral, which Buckingham Palace has now confirmed will be held on September 19

Princes William and Harry to walk side-by-side behind Queen’s coffin sparking heartbreaking memories of Diana's funeral
Harry and William memorably followed their mother Diana's coffin at the ages of just 12 and 15 for her funeral in 1997 (left); during their suprise appearance at Balmoral the warring brothers showed no signs of affection (Getty Images)
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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: Prince William and Harry will reportedly walk side by side behind the Queen’s coffin. Previously, in a show of unity, the warring brothers made a rare joint appearance with their wives outside Windsor Castle on Saturday, September 10.

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According to The Sun, palace planners are putting finishing touches on arrangements for two royal family processions behind the Queen’s coffin in London. William and Harry, along with Kate and Meghan, had inspected the floral tributes left by the royal well-wishers to honor Queen Elizabeth II.

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The reunion of the brothers reportedly came after the newly-crowned King Charles III ordered his sons to keep their feud aside and reunite for the sake of their late grandmother.

Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meet members of the public on the long Walk at Windsor Castle on September 10, 2022 in Windsor, England. Crowds have gathered and tributes left at the gates of Windsor Castle to Queen Elizabeth II, who died at Balmoral Castle on 8 September, 2022.
Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meet members of the public on the long Walk at Windsor Castle to meet the crowds gathered and see tributes left at the gates of Windsor Castle to Queen Elizabeth II, who died at Balmoral Castle on 8 September 2022 (Kirsty O'Connor - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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It remains unclear whether the brothers will reunite again for the procession. Earlier, on account of Prince Phillip's funeral 17 months ago, the brothers followed the cortege but were separated by cousin Peter Phillips.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince Andrew, Duke of York,  Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex during the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle on April 17, 2021 in Windsor, England. Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark was born 10 June 1921, in Greece. He served in the British Royal Navy and fought in WWII. He married the then Princess Elizabeth on 20 November 1947 and was created Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, and Baron Greenwich by King VI. He served as Prince Consort to Queen Elizabeth II until his death on April 9 2021, months short of his 100th birthday. His funeral takes place today at Windsor Castle with only 30 guests invited due to Coronavirus pandemic restrictions.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex during the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle on April 17, 2021, in Windsor, England (Alastair Grant/WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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Meanwhile, the outlet reported that the Sussexes had minutes to get ready for the flower visit on Saturday, September 10. A source said, “we are certainly not in the same place as Philip’s funeral when William and Harry didn’t walk side by side. Things haven’t changed but it is not as intense and they can co-exist."

The source also added, “but the flower visit really doesn’t change anything. It is the same situation as at Prince Philip’s funeral when William and Harry put their differences aside and supported each other and their families in that moment.”

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King Charles will lead a family procession on Wednesday, September 14, behind the coffin from Buckingham Palace, starting at 2.22 pm, to the Palace of Westminster. Furthermore, as per the outlet, details of the second royal family procession to Westminster Abbey for the September 19 funeral are yet to be finalised.

The cortege carrying the coffin of the late Queen Elizabeth II is driven through Edinburgh on its way to Palace of Holyroodhouse on September 11, 2022 in Edinburgh, United Kingdom. Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born in Bruton Street, Mayfair, London on 21 April 1926. She married Prince Philip in 1947 and ascended the throne of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth on 6 February 1952 after the death of her Father, King George VI. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.
The cortege carrying the coffin of the late Queen Elizabeth II is driven through Edinburgh on its way to the Palace of Holyroodhouse on September 11, 2022, in Edinburgh, United Kingdom (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who were in the UK for three charity events in Manchester, Düsseldorf, and London, were due to travel back to California on Friday, September 9 but plans were changed when the Queen died on Thursday, September 8.

Sources at The Sun claim that the couple immediately agreed to accept William’s olive branch to Harry after a chat with the King. Despite all of them coming together to greet the crowds, the two families have not been to each others’ houses.

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Prince William and Kate have recently moved into Adelaide Cottage, along with their three children. Their house is a short walk from Frogmore Cottage where Harry and Meghan are staying.

A spokesman for Buckingham Palace said details of the procession on September 14 and September 19 will be released closer to the time.

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