Royal aides ‘are walking on eggshells’ around William and Harry as they prepare to reunite for Prince Philip’s funeral
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Prince William and Prince Harry are set to reunite face-to-face for the first time in more than a year for Prince Philip’s funeral on Saturday 17 April.
The Duke of Cambridge, 38, and his younger brother the Duke of Sussex, 36, are said to have set aside their rift to remember their grandfather, who died age 99 on 9 April.
But, as the funeral service nears, it’s been reported that royal aides are “walking on eggshells” as they try to navigate the rift between the brothers.
A source has told Daily Mail: “Everyone is walking on eggshells so as not to exacerbate the situation.
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“To be fair, both William and Harry have made clear that they wish to focus on mourning their grandfather and do not want anything to get in the way of that.
“But it has made everyone doubly nervous about saying anything that could be remotely construed of being critical of the other side. It’s been a minefield.”
It comes as it was reported the siblings will walk apart at Prince Philip’s funeral procession and will be separated by their cousin Peter Phillips, the son of Princess Anne.
But, sources are said to insist the formation of those walking behind the coffin was based on “bloodlines and age”.
A Buckingham Palace spokesman told the publication: “This is a funeral… we will not be drawn into those perceptions of drama. The arrangements have been agreed and they reflect Her Majesty’s wishes.”
OK! online has reached out to Buckingham Palace for comment.
It comes after reports that Prince Harry, who will reportedly rush home to see Meghan Markle less than 24 hours after Prince Philip’s funeral, reached out to William, Prince Charles, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie ahead of the funeral.
According to reports, Harry wanted to “park any disputes” ahead of their reunion at the funeral, which will be broadcast around the world.
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A source said: “Despite everything that has gone on and the wounds are still pretty raw, everyone is hoping any disputes will be parked for another day.
“This is about giving the Duke the send off he deserves surrounded by his family,” the insider continued to tell Mirror Online.
Meanwhile it was reported Prince William’s wife Kate Middleton is prepared to act as a peacemaker between the brothers, following Prince Harry’s explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey.
A source told The Telegraph: “They know it is not about them on Saturday — it is about honouring their grandfather's memory and supporting their grandmother.
“I would be extremely surprised if that wasn't front and centre of both their minds. They will be keen to spend time together as a family, in the same time zone for once.”
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