Nearly 24 years in the past, the world watched as a pair of brothers, ages 15 and 12, walked a mile via the grounds of Windsor Fortress behind a horse-drawn carriage holding their mom’s coffin.
The picture of the boys, Prince William and Prince Harry, heads bowed as they walked slowly alongside their father, uncle and grandfather, grew to become seared into Britain’s nationwide consciousness.
On Saturday afternoon, the eyes of the nation and the world once more turned to the brothers at a special funeral — that of their grandfather Prince Philip.
This time, a lot of the curiosity centered on the connection between the princes, weeks after Harry and his spouse, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, gave a searing interview to Oprah Winfrey and spoke of their differences with the royal family. Harry additionally described his brother and father, Prince Charles, as being “trapped” by their roles.
William and Harry each walked behind their grandfather’s coffin throughout a procession to the funeral service, however Prince Philip’s eldest grandchild, Peter Phillips, walked between the brothers. The brothers, like all the opposite mourners current, sat aside whereas within the chapel.
However as they left after the ceremony, the tv cameras homed in on the brothers strolling collectively away from the constructing. As their household left the chapel, Harry walked alongside William and his spouse, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and so they could possibly be seen exchanging a number of phrases.
In his assertion, William stated of his grandfather, “I really feel fortunate to haven’t simply had his instance to information me, however his enduring presence effectively into my very own grownup life — each via good occasions and the toughest days.”
“I’ll miss my grandpa, however I do know he would need us to get on with the job,” he added.
Harry, in a separate statement, stated that Philip had been “authentically himself” and was a person who “might maintain the eye of any room on account of his attraction.” He added that his grandfather could be remembered “because the longest-reigning consort to the monarch, a embellished serviceman, a prince and a duke.”
“However to me,” Harry added, “like a lot of you who’ve misplaced a beloved one or grandparent over the ache of this previous 12 months, he was my grandpa: grasp of the barbecue, legend of banter, and cheeky proper ’til the tip.”