Harry is back with Meghan let’s see if he can retain dignity over funeral ANN WIDDECOMBE


I MET THE late Prince Philip occasionally but my first encounter with him stands out in my memory. In the summer of 1987, the Queen and Duke made a formal visit to Kent and I, very recently elected, was standing next to a fellow MP, Andrew Rowe, in the reception line.

That deep diligence was evident in his meticulously planned funeral, from watching which we will all have our memorable moment.

Mine came when the camera caught the panoramic reflection of the military parade in a shining trumpet. For others it will have been the picture of the Queen in her pew, alone, frail and masked or the endearing container of sugar lumps sitting beside the gloves and whip on the Duke’s driving carriage.

The press, of course, has focused on the Princes talking to each other as they walked back, but I doubt if that was significant.

After all they had already spoken on the phone which we know, courtesy of American TV briefed by the Duchess of Sussex.

The real test will come when Harry returns home.

If we get an account of what happened behind the scenes and who said what to whom from the Duchess’s celebrity friends, then I doubt if the Royals will bother much further. If there is silence then maybe something more hopeful will eventually emerge.