The Duke of Edinburgh peacefully died last Friday aged 99 at Windsor Castle and is the longest-serving royal consort in British history. Buckingham Palace announced that his funeral will take place on Saturday in St George’s Chapel.
Prince Harry, who has not returned to the UK since stepping back from royal duties and relocating to the US, will be among those attending the funeral.
Royal experts have warned that all eyes will be on the Duke of Sussex’s highly anticipated royal reunion.
Australian royal columnist Daniela Elser highlighted how the event will allow the Firm to put on a “united front”.
She explained that “the world will be unable to tear their eyes away from” Prince Harry and Prince William after the reported rift.
She wrote on news.com.au: “The days since the Duke’s death have seen a public outpouring and have in some ways seemed to further coalesce support behind the Queen, and the Royal Family, in the UK.
“Philip’s funeral is an opportunity, after the turmoil of the last few years, for them to put on a united, cohesive front.
“Harry’s return after more than a year away will unintentionally jeopardise that, his very presence likely to set off something of a media meltdown focused on his return to the family – and institution – he recently spent two hours on TV taking devastating aim at.”
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle hit international headlines last month after their bombshell tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex spoke to the US chat show host about their decision to step down as senior royals.
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Harry is already reportedly in Britain and staying at his former Windsor home, Frogmore Cottage.
Details released by the Palace on Thursday have confirmed that Harry and William will be walking apart at their grandfather’s funeral.
The two Dukes will be separated by their cousin Peter Phillips as the family walk behind the coffin of Prince Philip on Saturday.
A Palace spokesman said: “This is a funeral, we’re not going to be drawn into those perceptions of drama, or anything like that, this is a funeral.
“The arrangements have been agreed, and they represent Her Majesty’s wishes, so we’re not going to say anything more on that.”