The Palace as announced the processional lineup for tomorrow’s funeral for Prince Philip. And surprisingly (or maybe not so surprisingly), William and Harry will not be walking next to each other.
A Palace spokesman assures the public that the procession order was not designed to send any sort of message about the brothers’ strained relationship.
The order was “a practical change rather than sending a signal. This is a funeral, and we are not going to be drawn into perceptions of drama. The arrangements have been agreed and represent Her Majesty’s wishes,” the spokesperson said.
And though the spokesperson protests, I can’t help but feel that the Queen very much doesn’t want her husband’s funeral turned into the “William and Harry Show.” And how could it NOT if the brothers were side-by-side? Every body language expert in the WORLD would be having a field day with their observations on television.
(Also a possible consideration: William and Harry, walking behind a casket together, might bring up stinging memories of Diana’s funeral for the viewers…. AND NOBODY WANTS..).
So: In the first procession, Princess Anne’s son Peter Phillips will walk between Harry and William. In the second procession into the church, William will walk with Peter, and Harry will walk behind them, alongside David Armstrong-Jones, Princess Margaret’s son.
Another thing to be on the lookout for: The men in the procession will (strikingly)(glaringly)(oddly) not be in their armed forces uniforms. And that is because Harry has been stripped of his officer’s titles and duties… and to have him OUT of uniform when everybody else is IN their uniform would inevitably draw attention to Harry turn it into a pity party for him. Again, NOT what the Queen wants.
And for those of you keeping score at home: All four of Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth’s children — Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward — will be in attendance, along with Charles’s wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Anne’s husband Timothy Laurence and Edward’s wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex.
Philip’s eight grandchildren will also attend the funeral. Prince William’s wife Kate, Zara Tindall‘s husband Mike, Princess Eugenie‘s husband Jack Brooksbank and Princess Beatrice’s husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi will join their spouses.
Other attendees include Prince Philip’s close staff members and family members.