Prince Philip funeral: William and Harry will not walk side by side behind coffin

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Prince William and Prince Harry will not walk side by side behind the coffin of their grandfather Prince Philip at his funeral on Saturday, minimising the chances of public tension between the two royal brothers.

Buckingham Palace revealed that William and Harry’s cousin, Peter Phillips, will walk between the princes as they escort the coffin to St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

Palace officials refused to comment on whether the positioning was a way to minimise family tension after Harry admitted to strained relations with William during his interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Britain’s Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, died on Friday. He was 99 years old. Getty ImagesA life of service: Prince Philip obituary

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“We’re not going to be drawn into those perceptions of drama or anything like that,’’ a palace spokesman said.

“This is a funeral and the arrangements have been agreed and they represent her majesty’s wishes.”

As young boys, William and Harry walked behind their mother Princess Diana’s coffin in 1997 in London in a ceremony watched around the world.

Harry’s wife Meghan, who is pregnant and living in California with Harry, is not coming to the funeral on the advice of her doctor.

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