Almost 24 years in the past, the world watched as a pair of brothers, ages 15 and 12, walked a mile by means of the grounds of Windsor Castle behind a horse-drawn carriage holding their mom’s coffin.
The picture of the boys, Prince William and Prince Harry, heads bowed as they walked slowly alongside their father, uncle and grandfather, grew to become seared into Britain’s nationwide consciousness.
On Saturday afternoon, the eyes of the nation and the world once more turned to the brothers at a special funeral — that of their grandfather Prince Philip.
This time, a lot of the curiosity centered on the connection between the princes, weeks after Harry and his spouse, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, gave a searing interview to Oprah Winfrey and spoke of their variations with the royal household. Harry additionally described his brother and father, Prince Charles, as being “trapped” by their roles.
William and Harry each walked behind their grandfather’s coffin throughout a procession to the funeral service, however Prince Philip’s eldest grandchild, Peter Phillips, walked between the brothers. The brothers, like all the opposite mourners current, sat aside whereas within the chapel.
But as they left after the ceremony, the tv cameras homed in on the brothers strolling collectively away from the constructing. As their household left the chapel, Harry walked alongside William and his spouse, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and they might be seen exchanging a couple of phrases.
In his assertion, William mentioned of his grandfather, “I feel lucky to have not just had his example to guide me, but his enduring presence well into my own adult life — both through good times and the hardest days.”
“I will miss my grandpa, but I know he would want us to get on with the job,” he added.
Harry, in a separate statement, mentioned that Philip had been “authentically himself” and was a person who “could hold the attention of any room due to his charm.” He added that his grandfather can be remembered “as the longest-reigning consort to the monarch, a decorated serviceman, a prince and a duke.”
“But to me,” Harry added, “like many of you who have lost a loved one or grandparent over the pain of this past year, he was my grandpa: master of the barbecue, legend of banter, and cheeky right ’til the end.”