Prince Harry and Prince William honored their late grandfather, Prince Philip, on Saturday during an intimate funeral.
The brothers, who are children of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, participated in the service for the Duke of Edinburgh, which took place in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
Due to COVID protocols, only 30 close family members and friends were invited to attend the service, which was televised.
In one particularly poignant moment, Harry, 36, and William, 38, who had not seen each other in public before the service, walked behind the coffin of their grandfather, who was traveling in a custom Land Rover.
The brothers did not stand shoulder to shoulder as they walked. Among them was Peter Phillips, Princess Anne’s 43-year-old son. Peter has a long history with his cousins. Queen Elizabeth II brought him to Balmoral Castle in Scotland in 1997 in the wake of Princess Diana’s death due to her close nature to William and Harry, who were staying there at the time.
On Saturday, comparisons were immediately made between siblings walking behind Philip’s coffin and when they did the same in 1997 behind the coffin of their mother, Diana.
After Harry’s revealing interview with Oprah Winfrey last month, tensions have been high within the royal family.
Before the funeral service, royal expert Katie Nicholl said the family hoped the funeral service would mend the relationships between the siblings.
“There is high hope that this is the beginning of the thaw of the gap between William and Harry,” shared Nicholl. “We all know that it has not been an easy year, we know of the real break in the heart of the monarchy.”