Prince Philip funeral: Harry and William had 'natural closeness' while talking despite not meeting for a year

William and Harry who had been reportedly feuding in private caught up with each other in a moment of reconciliation after the funeral service, exchanging a few words


                            Prince Philip funeral: Harry and William had 'natural closeness' while talking despite not meeting for a year
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex during the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle on April 17, 2021 in Windsor, England. (Getty Images)

One of the most talked-about moments of Prince Philip's funeral on Saturday, April 17, came after the main ceremony was over. As all the attendees made their way out of St George's Chapel, William and Harry, who had been reportedly feuding in private caught up with each other in a moment of reconciliation, exchanging a few words. 

Body language expert Judi James told Express that the brothers did not communicate much before heading inside the chapel, maintaining distance with each other as they were separated at the procession by their cousin, Peter Philips. However, all of that changed once the ceremony wrapped up and guests began to mingle with each other as they made their way out of the venue toward Windsor Castle. 

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Prince Charles, Prince of Wales; Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex; Prince Andrew, Duke of York; Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex; Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Vice-Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence walk behind The Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin on April 17, 2021 in Windsor, England (Getty Images)

"Harry had seemed to be suffering before the service, rolling his shoulders in what looked like a gesture of self-boosting as though bracing himself as he walked in and then sitting alone in the pews," James said. "Harry and William had shown no sign of contact before the service but as they walked out we could see Harry finally eye-checking his brother."

This was the first time in over a year that Harry and William had come face-to-face with each other. It was also the first time Harry had met his brother after sitting down for a bombshell interview with his wife, Meghan Markle, conducted by Oprah Winfrey, where the couple hinted at racism accusations against the royal family.

The prolonged break saw the brothers on two different continents after Harry and Meghan 'quit' the monarchy in 2020. However, being absent from each others' lives did not affect the rapport between the two, James claimed, as their body language showed a "natural closeness" after the ceremony.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry during 'The Patron's Lunch' celebrations for The Queen's 90th birthday at The Mall on June 12, 2016 in London, England (Getty Images)

As the pair of siblings, along with William's wife, Kate Middleton, walked outside the chapel, Prince Harry appeared to run up to his sister-in-law and began exchanging a few words. Next, he was seen talking to his brother too. "William and Kate walked off ahead," the body language expert explained. "But Harry caught up with them and then walked between them in what looked like quite a natural display of closeness."

The expert also added that when Prince Harry caught up with the Cambridges, they looked happy to see him. While William displayed a bit of a shrug, Kate looked more than willing to start a conversation with Harry. While Kate looked pleased to see her brother-in-law, she stepped back, allowing the two brothers to walk together.

She always reportedly played the mediator between the brothers in the past whenever they were caught feuding. As a result, she might have felt that she needed to make space for the two brothers to catch up with each other. "Kate turned her head in to pay fond-looking attention but then tactfully stepped back to allow the two warring brothers to walk off talking to one another," James concluded.

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