Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and late husband of Queen Elizabeth II, is being laid to rest in an emotional farewell, with clear signs of Royal Family tension.
The ceremony was held against the backdrop of a bright and early Saturday morning across the pond at Windsor Castle … where Philip’s life, service and loyalty to the Queen is being celebrated. As expected, Harry and William were separated as they walked into the church.
QE2’s husband of 73 years has been lying in repose at the castle’s private chapel — and today his coffin will be transported to St. George’s Chapel, where he’ll be laid to rest in the Royal Vault.
The coffin was flanked by 9 members of the Royal family, including his grandsons Prince William and Prince Harry.
Of course, all eyes were on Harry to see how he interacted with his brother, his father, Prince Charles, and others because this is their first public interaction since Harry and Meghan Markle‘s Oprah interview … where they accused members of the Royal family of racism.
Prince William and his brother, Prince Harry, were seen walking together through the grounds of Windsor Castle following the funeral of their grandfather, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, on Saturday. pic.twitter.com/HDoWJhNUdi
After the ceremony, the brothers were spotted chatting and walking around the grounds of Windsor Castle.
While Harry flew in from California for the ceremony, Meghan did not get medical clearance to travel as she’s pregnant with their second child.
As for Prince Philip, his coffin will be loaded into the back of a Land Rover he himself customized into a hearse, and the procession will pass by roads lined with military personnel saluting his naval service.
Only 30 family members will enter St. George’s Chapel — due to COVID restrictions — for the roughly 50-minute service. The Duke’s medals, awards and decorations will be displayed on the altar as his family and royal subjects bid him a final farewell.