Prince Philip’s funeral to bring back ‘difficult memories’ for William and Harry

Prince Philip's funeral procession will bring back "difficult memories" of "losing their mother" for Prince William and Harry, a royal expert says.

The brothers will reunite to walk behind their grandfather's coffin with their father Prince Charles at the ceremony in Windsor on Saturday.

Royal expert Penny Junor said the procession will remind the Duke of Cambridge, 38, and the Duke of Sussex, 36, of Princess Diana's funeral.

She told FEMAIL: "This is likely to be a very emotional and reflective time for the entire family.

"I am sure that walking behind their grandfather's coffin will bring back difficult memories for William and Harry of losing their mother. It will probably bring back difficult memories for their father, too.

"And I am sure it won't be lost on any of them that the last time they walked behind a coffin, the Duke of Edinburgh was there walking with them and giving them all the courage they needed to get through the day."

Following Princess Diana's death, William and Harry walked behind her coffin alongside Prince Charles, Prince Philip and Earl Spencer as it made its way to Westminster Abbey.

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The Duke of Edinburgh's funeral, which he planned himself, will be televised around the world on Saturday.

Prince Harry and Prince William, who have reportedly been at odds over Megxit, paid separate tributes to their grandfather about half an hour apart on Monday.

They are expected to stand shoulder to shoulder as they form part of the royal procession at the service.

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Only around 30 relatives are expected to attend the family funeral at St George's Chapel due to lockdown rules.

Brits are being warned to stay at home and watch on TV to avoid spreading coronavirus.

Meanwhile, the newly-widowed Queen won't be left to "walk alone" following her husband's death, royal sources say.

Prince Philip died at Windsor Castle on Friday morning at the age of 99.

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He and his wife had been married for an incredible 73 years.

As she prepares to face life without the Duke by her side, senior royals are coming together to make sure Her Majesty is accompanied by another member of the Royal Family in future engagements, the Mirror reports.

The Queen and her family are currently observing two weeks of Royal Mourning where they will only carry out engagements if appropriate.

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Senior royals are coming together to make sure the monarch has her family for company on future engagements once the mourning period has ended, the Daily Mail reports.

Those who will be at her side are reported to include the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Earl and Countess of Wessex and Princess Anne.

Sources were reported to have said that once the official mourning period ends on April 22 the Queen will fulfil as many commitments as possible.

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