Prince William and Prince Harry will not be walking next to each other at Prince Philip’s funeral on April 17, Buckingham Palace confirmed on Thursday. The brothers will both walk behind their grandfather’s coffin, but their cousin Peter Phillips will walk between them. For the second procession into the chapel, William will then walk with Peter, while Harry and David Armstrong-Jones will walk behind them.
But before rumors of Harry and William’s brotherly rift begin swirling again, a palace spokesperson noted to People that the procession order was “a practical change rather than sending a signal.” The spokesperson added: “This is a funeral and we are not going to be drawn into perceptions of drama. The arrangements have been agreed and represent Her Majesty’s wishes.” In an effort to reflect family unity, the family will also forgo wearing military uniforms and instead wear mourning dress.
Philip died at the age of 99 on April 9. Following his passing, Harry returned to the United Kingdom for the first time since his royal exit, though his wife, Meghan Markle — who is currently pregnant with their second child — was advised by her physician not to travel. However, the couple did pay tribute to him on their Archewell website. Harry also penned a separate letter for his grandfather, in which he thanked Philip for his service, for his “dedication to Granny,” and for always being himself.