‘Prince Philip decided’ Harry and William will walk apart in funeral procession


PRINCE PHILIP had meticulously planned his own funeral as a royal commentator suspects he “decided” Prince Harry and Prince William will walk apart in the procession.

Speaking on the Australian morning show Sunrise, presenter David Koch said: “They’re afraid that lip readers will read what they say to each other.

“But it’s not going to be a long procession at all so you could just talk about a barbecue with Phil that you had.”

Commentator Nathan Templeton added: “Either don’t say anything or only say nice things, that’s not very hard.

“My only thought on this is it’s Philip’s funeral. No one knows better what he would have wanted than the Queen.

“I’m pretty sure all this stuff gets run by her.”

Royal commentator Scott noted: “I agree, if ever there’s a chance to not say anything it’s at a funeral but they would have had the body language experts all over them no matter what.

“Philip had input into every detail of which funeral so it was probably his decision.”

William and Harry, whose troubled relationship has been well documented, will be separated by their cousin Peter Phillips when the trio walk in a line behind their grandfather’s coffin at Windsor Castle on Saturday.

The future king will also be one step ahead of his brother when the coffin is taken into St George’s Chapel, moving ahead of Harry as the royal family, including the Prince of Wales, go forward in pairs.

Details of the duke’s funeral were released by Buckingham Palace on Thursday and final preparations for his farewell are expected to continue on Friday.

A palace spokesman said the Queen and her family are grateful for all the messages of condolence from around the world and have been touched to hear so many people – both young and old – sharing fond memories of the duke.

The Queen addressed the nation on the eve of her mother’s funeral in 2002 to thank the country for their support and the love and honour shown to the 101-year-old.

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In a televised address, the monarch said she had been deeply moved by the outpouring of affection and the overwhelming numbers of people paying their respects since the Queen Mother’s death.

It is not clear whether the Queen will deliver an address to the nation on Friday ahead of Saturday’s service.

Harry has spoken in the past about how he and William are on “different paths” and have good and bad days in their relationship.

Asked whether arrangements for the procession reflected the royal siblings’ relationship, a Buckingham 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.”


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