Hatchet buried, for now: Feuding brothers Harry and William walk side by side on Queen's last journey
LONDON, ENGLAND: Grieving brothers Prince William and Prince Harry walked alongside each other during today's heartbreaking event as the military bearer party brought the Queen's casket into Westminster Abbey for her royal burial.
The brothers' spouses, as well as two of William's children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, joined them after they once again set aside their differences to form a unified front in honor of their late grandmother. Following closely behind the Queen's casket were King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla, Princess Anne and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, and Sophie, Countess of Wessex.
William and Kate joined the ceremony as well, while George and Charlotte followed their parents in a line, followed by their uncle and aunt Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, as well as other members of the royal family. Harry and William have been on engagements together for the fourth time in a little more than a week. Royal watchers believe this is a sign that they are beginning to mend their strained relationship.
The boys also accompanied Kate and Meghan on a walkabout outside Windsor Castle on September 10 and followed the Queen's casket in a procession to Westminster Hall on Wednesday. Rumors of a breach between the brothers initially surfaced in 2019 when they split their residences as a result of several arguments about Harry's position. The conflict intensified in 2020 due to the fallout from Megxit. However, the Queen's demise seems to have prompted the adversaries to put their differences aside. Harry and Meghan have just joined William and Kate for the first time in more than two years, since Commonwealth Day in March 2020.
The royal family was among the 2,000 mourners present at the burial today, which was followed by a committal service at Windsor Castle. The Queen's period of laying in state at Westminster Hall, which concluded at 6.30 am, is followed by the service. The day is the culmination of the largest security operation the United Kingdom has ever seen, exceeding the operation for the Platinum Jubilee weekend and the London 2012 Olympics, which saw up to 10,000 police officers on duty every day.
Working members of the royal family saluted the Queen's casket as it was being carried into the Abbey. While King Charles III, Prince William, and Princess Anne all made the gesture, Prince Andrew and Prince Harry were once more prohibited from doing so, and merely stood motionless. This follows the decision last Wednesday to forbid Harry and Andrew from saluting during the funeral procession to Westminster Hall. Following the Queen's passing at Balmoral 11 days ago, it was decided to forbid Harry and Andrew from donning military uniforms at the majority of engagements. The same reason disallowed Andrew from saluting during the vigil last Monday in Edinburgh and serves as a reminder of how little participation both now have in the royal family.
Prince Harry served in the Army for 10 years, but in 2020, when he and his wife Meghan Markle announced they were resigning as senior working royals and going abroad, he lost his honorary military titles. The Duke of York, on the other hand, was forced to retire from public life in 2019 due to the Jeffrey Epstein scandal.