Royal experts have heaped praise on Kate Middleton following Prince Philip's funeral - claiming she is the "rock" the royal family will depend on.

The Duchess of Cambridge was pictured chatting to Prince Harry, who was reportedly shunned by other members of the family, and moved away so he and William could talk.

She also gave her father-in-law, Prince Charles, a peck on the cheek as he was overcome with grief.

All eyes were on feuding brothers William and Harry, who were reunited for the first time in more than a year after the younger brother's interview with Oprah Winfrey.

On Saturday, Kate was seen moving away to give the brothers space to talk.

Brian Hoey, who has written a biography of Prince William, told The Sun: “They say cometh the hour, cometh the man. But in the Royal Family's case, it’s a woman.

“Thank God for Kate — she is the rock the monarchy will depend on. On Saturday, she behaved absolutely impeccably.”

Fellow expert Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty Magazine, said: “After the things that Meghan said to Oprah about the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate would have been quite entitled to also avoid Harry.

Kate Middleton kissed Prince Charles on the cheek after Prince Philip's funeral
Kate Middleton kissed Prince Charles on the cheek after Prince Philip's funeral

“She has just got beautiful manners — taught by her mum Carole — and when she sees an awkward situation, she steps in. That’s why she talked to Harry.”

She said that Harry "must have felt awkward" because of the "hurt" he caused, but said Kate was "charming" to him.

Harry spent two hours talking with dad Charles and brother William on Saturday, it is claimed - sparking hopes that their rift could be healed.

The trio chatted away from the public gaze following Prince Philip's funeral at Windsor Castle, and Harry could now reportedly remain in the UK for the Queen's birthday this week although he may return to Los Angeles as early as today.

The 37-year-old met his family face-to-face for the first time in more than a year, after he and wife Meghan quit royal life and moved to America, settling in California.

Kate with William and Harry on Saturday
Kate with William and Harry on Saturday
Kate has reportedly played peacemaker between the feuding brothers
Kate has reportedly played peacemaker between the feuding brothers

He made a string of bombshell allegations about the royals in an interview with Oprah Winfrey which was broadcast last month - saying his brother and father were trapped and alleging Charles had stopped returning his calls.

Harry and Meghan - who remains in the US on doctors' orders as she is heavily pregnant - also alleged that an unnamed royal had raised concerns about son Archie's skin colour.

Harry returned to the UK for the first time since the interview following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh at the age of 99.

Following the ceremony at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, Harry, Charles and William are said to have spent time talking.

An insider told The Sun : “It’s early days but you’d hope this is exactly the first step Philip would have wished for.”

Yesterday it was reported that Harry had endured a frosty reception from other royals at yesterday's funeral.

According to the Mail on Sunday, Princess Anne, Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, did not acknowledge him before or during the service at Windsor Castle.

Only Prince Andrew, who stepped back from royal duties after a disastrous interview with the BBC in 2019, sympathised with him, a source told the newspaper.

They said: "He knows from Sarah Ferguson – and now first-hand – how it feels to be the outsider, which Harry very much is.

"As far as the others are concerned, there is a deep sense of protection towards the Queen and resentment towards Harry.

"There is little sympathy for him after what he and Meghan said on Oprah."

William's wife Kate stepped away from the brothers to give them space to chat - the first time since Harry quit the UK for America that they have spent time together face-to-face.

Kate with the Duke of Edinburgh, whose funeral was held on Saturday
Kate with the Duke of Edinburgh, whose funeral was held on Saturday

Body language analyst Adrianne Carter said they appeared at ease.

She said: “Kate seemed to take the lead in chatting, but when the brothers started to walk together it was entirely natural with no sign of stress or discord in their companionship. There was no forced show and no sign of avoiding each other.

“In fact William paused so Harry could walk up the hill with them. It looks to me like grief has reunited them.”

Harry had spent the last week self-isolating at Frogmore Cottage, the property gifted to him and Meghan by the Queen after their marriage.