Almost 24 years ago, the world watched as two brothers, ages 15 and 12, walked a mile behind a horse-drawn carriage with their mother’s coffin through the grounds of Windsor Castle.
The image of the boys, Prince William and Prince Harry, with their heads bowed as they slowly walked alongside their father, uncle and grandfather, has been burned into the national consciousness of Britain.
On Saturday afternoon, the eyes of the country and the world turned back to the brothers at another funeral – that of their grandfather Prince Philip.
This time around, much of the interest has centered on the relationship between the princes, weeks after Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, gave Oprah Winfrey a scorching interview and discussed their differences with the royal family. Harry also described his brother and father, Prince Charles, as “trapped” by their roles.
William and Harry both walked behind their grandfather’s coffin during a funeral procession, but Prince Philip’s eldest grandchild, Peter Phillips, walked between the brothers. The brothers, like all the other mourners present, sat separately in the chapel.
But when they left after the ceremony, the television cameras saw the brothers walking away from the building together. As their family left the chapel, Harry was walking alongside William and his wife, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and they could be seen exchanging a few words.
In his statement, William said of his grandfather: “I am glad that not only did I have his example to guide me, but also his permanent presence well into my own adult life – both in the good times and in the most difficult days . “
“I will miss my grandpa, but I know he wants us to get on with work,” he added.
Harry said in a separate statement that Philip was “authentically himself” and was a man who “could attract the attention of any room because of his charm”. He added that his grandfather would be remembered “as the monarch’s longest reigning wife, an excellent soldier, a prince and a duke”.
“But to me,” Harry added, “like many of you who have lost a loved one or grandparent to the pain of last year, he was my grandpa: master of barbecues, legend of jokes and naughty rights by the end of the year.” End.”