William and Harry’s reunion at Philip’s funeral ‘would have warmed Diana’s heart,’ says biographer

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The reunion of William and Harry after Prince Philip’s funeral “would really have warmed Diana’s heart,” claims a royal biographer.

The estranged brothers spoke after leaving their grandfather Philip’s funeral at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle on Saturday.

Harry was initially seen talking to his sister-in-law Kate Middleton, but she then seemed reluctant so that he could talk to William without her for a few moments.

Andrew Morton, who wrote Princess Diana’s famous biography in 1992, said the brief conversation was “the first sign of a possible reconciliation.”

Prince William and Harry walked side by side after leaving the funeral service at St George's Chapel on Saturday

Prince William and Harry walked side by side after leaving the funeral service at St George’s Chapel on Saturday

Andrew Morton, who wrote the famous biography of Princess Diana in 1992, has said the short conversation would have 'really warmed Diana's heart'

Andrew Morton, who wrote the famous biography of Princess Diana in 1992, has said the short conversation would have ‘really warmed Diana’s heart’

The princes had taken part in the funeral procession earlier in the day as they walked either side of their cousin Peter Phillips behind the coffin of the Duke of Edinburgh.

It was the first time they appeared in public together for over a year.

The brothers’ talk came after a spontaneous decision by part of the royal family to walk back to the castle, despite state cars being set up for them – and it gave the cameras a chance to see them talk.

But royal biographer Andrew believes their mother would have been pleased with their spontaneous conversation.

He signed up The sunWhat would really have warmed Diana’s heart is that William and Harry, who didn’t even look at each other during the procession with other royal men, did talk at the end of the funeral service – the first time they met face to face masked face in a year.

“Their five-minute talk was the first sign of a possible reconciliation since Harry and Meghan’s bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview over a month ago.”

Royal biographer Andrew added that the brief conversation was `` the first sign of a possible reconciliation '' and `` would have warmed Diana's heart '' (pictured with her sons in 1992)

Royal biographer Andrew added that the brief conversation was “ the first sign of a possible reconciliation ” and “ would have warmed Diana’s heart ” (pictured with her sons in 1992)

Harry’s friend Tom Bradby, who presented ITV’s coverage of the funeral, said: “Funerals are a time of reconciliation and that’s a sight, let’s face it, many wanted to see that. Not least the family itself. ‘

About an hour earlier, the Duke of Cambridge entered the chapel a place earlier than his younger brother – and the brothers sat opposite each other during the service, with William next to his wife Kate.

William and Harry, both in black suits, looked gloomy as they walked in silence behind the specially modified Land Rover with their grandfather’s coffin on the way to the chapel.

It had been quietly hoped that the loss of their beloved grandfather, whom both men loved very much, could begin the process of rapprochement – but the brothers would not have seen each other for the funeral.

It has likely been a particularly difficult day for the brothers and brings back memories of having to walk behind their mother Princess Diana's coffin in September 1997 when they were only 15 and 13 years old.

It has likely been a particularly difficult day for the brothers and brings back memories of having to walk behind their mother Princess Diana’s coffin in September 1997 when they were only 15 and 13 years old.

JUDI JAMES: William and Harry shared a ‘real moment of unity’ as they left St. George’s Chapel

By JUDI JAMES, BODY STEEL EXPERT

Prior to the funeral, Harry seemed to be practicing the body language of subtle bravado, looking around and even chatting with the royals behind him, but he looked less confident when he got behind his grandfather’s coffin.

While William looked ahead and gave nothing away in terms of any acknowledgment of his brother, Harry performed a few self-comfort rituals that were at levels of suppressed fear.

He tugged on his vest and also performed a shoulder roll in the actual chapel, a gesture that could imply someone bracing themselves and trying to boost their own confidence.

The moment of connection between William and Harry came right at the end of the service as they left the chapel.

In a well-coordinated but also relatively natural-looking moment, Harry followed William and Kate to join them, chatting between them and both of them.

After a few seconds of what seemed like a natural and unconscious conversation, Kate relapsed, leaving the two brothers alone.

It looked like a real moment of unity rather than something conceived for the cameras.

Saturday was the first time Harry and William had been seen together since March 2020, when they attended a Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey with other royals and barely got to look each other in the eye.

Speaking about the brothers’ conversation today, body language expert Judi James told MailOnline: “The moment of connection between William and Harry came right at the end of the service as they left the chapel.

At a well-coordinated but also relatively natural-looking moment, Harry followed William and Kate and then joined them, in between them and having a chat with both of them.

After a few seconds of what seemed like a natural and unconscious conversation, Kate relapsed, leaving the two brothers alone.

“It looked like a real moment of unity rather than something conceived for the cameras.”

Royal aides have ‘walked on eggs’ trying to break the gap between the brothers, sources said last night as tensions continue after Harry and Meghan’s bitter separation from the royal family last year.

Relations were further soured by the couple’s explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey last month, in which they attacked senior royals while Philip, who died at the age of 99 on April 9, was hospitalized in London.

And it has probably been a particularly difficult day for the brothers and brings back memories of having to walk behind their mother Princess Diana’s coffin in September 1997 when they were only 15 and 13 years old.

Insiders have stressed that the arrangement regarding the brothers’ placement in the funeral procession should not be taken as a sign that William and Harry refused to walk side by side.

Asked beforehand if the arrangements for the procession reflected the relationship of the royal siblings, a Buckingham Palace spokesman said: ‘This is a funeral, we don’t get carried away in those perceptions of drama or anything like that, this is a funeral .

“The agreements have been made and they represent Her Majesty’s wishes, so we’re not going to say anything more about that.”