All eyes will be on Prince Harry and Prince William on Saturday during the televised funeral of their grandfather, Prince Philip. The separated siblings have not seen each other face to face since Harry’s shocking and revealing interview with Oprah Winfrey last month with his wife, Meghan Markle.
Now ET has learned that the brothers will be participating in Saturday’s procession for the late Duke of Edinburgh, but that they will not be side by side. Therefore, there will be no images of the couple standing shoulder to shoulder during the service, which will take place in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. Peter Phillips, Princess Anne’s son, will be between William and Harry during the dark moment. As the siblings walk behind Philip’s coffin, comparisons will no doubt be drawn to the heartbreaking scene in 1997 of the children then walking behind the coffin of their mother, Princess Diana, during her funeral.
The private ceremony will have a maximum of 30 guests, mostly close family members, due to the COVID-19 protocol. ET learned that three of Philip’s relatives from Germany have also been invited to attend.
In addition to Philip’s wife, Queen Elizabeth II, other royal guests include Philip’s son, Prince Charles, his wife Camilla, Kate Middleton, Prince Andrew, Princess Anne, Prince Edward, Prince Beatrix, and the Princess. Eugenia and her husbands, and several others.
None of the young children of the royal family are expected to attend. The congregation will wear masks for the service and members of the royal family will be in day dresses or morning suits with medals. There will be no military uniforms.
A source previously told ET that the brothers have been in contact by phone since Harry arrived in the UK. The Duke of Sussex is currently in quarantine following his flight from Los Angeles.