Princes William and Harry will not walk side by side in their grandfather’s funeral procession on Saturday prior to his funeral.
Buckingham Palace released a general guide to the funeral schedule for Queen Elizabeth II’s husband on Thursday. Prince Felipe passed away last Friday at the age of 99.
The palace revealed that William and Harry’s cousin Peter Phillips will walk among the princes. The three will escort the coffin to St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. The procession will be led by Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, along with his sister Princess Anne. There will be a total of 15 members in the procession.
It is not known what is the reason why William and Harry will not walk together
Palace officials declined to comment when asked if the positions William and Harry will hold were an effort to minimize family tensions. These increased after Harry and Meghan gave an explosive interview to Oprah Winfrey. In this they implied that a member of the royal family made a racist comment prior to the birth of their son Archie. Meghan, who is pregnant, will not attend the funeral on the advice of her doctors.
“We will not get carried away by those perceptions of drama or anything like that,” said a palace spokesman while speaking on condition of anonymity, following the institution’s policies. “This is a funeral and the arrangements have been made and represent Her Majesty’s wishes.”
In another effort to preserve family unity, the palace said the most prominent members of the royal family will wear civilian clothes for the funeral. The decision, approved by the queen, means that Harry will not risk being the only member of the royal family who does not wear a uniform at the funeral.
Members of the royal family often wear uniforms to public events for their honorary roles within the British Army, the Royal Navy, and the Royal Air Force. But Harry lost his honorary military titles when he decided to resign from his royal duties last year.
Only 30 people will attend the funeral of Prince Felipe
Attendance at the funeral will be limited to 30 people due to coronavirus restrictions in England. The list will include several of Felipe’s relatives from Germany along with immediate members of the royal family. Children in the family will not attend.
Guests will wear face masks inside the chapel and maintain social distancing. The queen, who is always the first to set the example, will wear a mask.
Members of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Royal Air Force and British Army will take part in the funeral procession. Felipe’s coffin will be carried from the Chapel of St. George in a specially adapted Land Rover truck that was designed by him.
With information from The Associated Press