There was no eye contact or acknowledgment between Prince William and Prince Harry as they walked past the Queen’s coffin. Nor really, it appeared, as the two princes were joined at Westminster Abbey by their wives, Kate and Meghan.
Harry, wearing a morning suit on which his medals were pinned instead of military uniforms, the traditional dress allowed for working members of the Royal Family at formal events, turned his gaze from Westminster Hall to the Abbey and later during the procession. Put forward. Windsor Castle.
Following King Charles III, the Princess Royal, Prince Edward and the Duke of York, who also stood out in morning suits, the brothers were to at least walk side by side rather than be buffered by their cousin Peter Phillips. . That’s what happened last April at the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh.
But those who were looking for any signs of melting Fridier, the 38-year-old who marked Harry’s relationship, left the UK to build a new life in California, defying criticism from his family, were to be disappointed. .
Studyingly, both the men and their spouses avoided any conversation. Their eyes never met, physically a safe distance was always kept.
As the coffin was taken to the abbey, Harry and Andrew, who withdrew from public life after their interview on the BBC’s Newsnight about their friendship with pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, looked at the ground, like families in military uniforms. Other members of the .
Inside, Harry and Meghan took their seats as heads of the congregation, right behind King Charles and the Queen’s consort, Camilla.
There was the occasional reassuring look among the Sussexes. Before that he briefly held hands.
But, perhaps in response to the peculiar criticism he received for past shows of affection at events commemorating the late queen, there was notably little physical contact.
The Duchess of Sussex wearing a pair of pearl and diamond studs given to her by the Queen on their first joint engagement with her in June 2018, as they marked the opening of a new bridge in Cheshire was emotionally emotional. sometimes.
As the queen’s coffin left the abbey, she patted a lone tear down her cheek with a gloved hand.
Meghan, 41, did not follow the tradition of female members of the royal family wearing a black lace “veil of mourning,” but the same could be said for Princess Beatrice, Countess of Wessex, and her daughter, Lady Louise Windsor. Instead she wore a black hat and dress and a wide-brimmed hat designed by Stella McCartney.
Arriving for the Committal’s service at St George’s Chapel, William, Kate and their children waited at the head of the front pew to allow Harry and Meghan to pass, before taking their places. Again, there was no touching or nod to acknowledge a shared moment. Princess Charlotte was sitting between Harry and his mother.
Every effort was being made, it seemed, to avoid state funerals and the intervention of the Queen, with her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, in the royal vault below St George’s Chapel. But reconciliation between the brothers seemed a distant dream. The cancellation of the Sussexes’ invitation to a reception attended by world leaders on the eve of the funeral has undoubtedly not made the task of rebuilding ties any easier.
Meanwhile, Harry’s “intimate and heartfelt” memoirs are to come, while Meghan has said the couple are working on a “historic documentary” through which she will share their “love story”.