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Royal Family LIVE:William 'asked to be separated from Harry' who 'has behaved appallingly'

Prince Philip funeral: Prince Harry sits alone in chapel

Princess Anne's son was called on to walk between the brothers behind the Duke of Edinburgh's coffin on the way to St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle on Saturday. Sources told The Mail on Sunday the Duke of Sussex had experienced "a great deal of frostiness" after he touched down in the UK on Monday weeks after his interview with Oprah sent shockwaves through the Firm. One source suggested some members of the family harboured "resentment" towards Harry and had "a deep sense of protection towards the Queen".

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

"They are still very upset. They are putting on a united front for the Queen. They all think he has behaved appallingly."

According to another report, the Duke of Cambridge requested that Peter stand between him and Harry during the funeral cortege.

Meanwhile Prince Charles appears to be keen to mend his bond with Prince Harry during the brief window of opportunity while his son is in the UK royal aides have drawn up plans to confront his son and to privately "walk around Windsor".

But the Duke of Sussex is said to be keen to return to the US as soon as he can to be reunited with his pregnant wife Meghan and their son Archie.

If Harry, 36, goes along with the plan to meet with his father in the wake of the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral it would be a major step towards healing their rift.

The father and son were pictured at the sombre occasion yesterday less than six weeks after Harry revealed to the world that Charles stopped taking his calls after he announced his departure from the Firm.

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Sources claimed William asked his cousin to stand between him and Harry (Image: GETTY)

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Prince Harry told Oprah that Prince Charles stopped taking his calls after he announced he would step down as a royal (Image: GETTY)

In his interview with Oprah Winfrey Harry also said it "hurt" him that his father and other close family members had failed to condemn racist abuse of his wife.

A royal source suggested time has been allotted into the Prince of Wales' diary to allow him to spend quality time with his younger son before he jets back across the pond.

The source told the MailOnline: "There has been talk that Charles will walk around Windsor with Harry to look at some of the tributes and spend some time together."

Harry touched down in the UK on Monday and is believed to have spent the week isolating at Frogmore Cottage.

He broke his 10-day quarantine to attend the funeral at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, nearly three years after the duke and the Queen watched him tie the knot with Meghan in the same venue.

While Government rules stipulate that overseas arrivals may attend funerals, Harry must continue his self-isolation at "all other times".

Harry is believed to have returned to Frogmore Cottage after the funeral where he will remain over the coming days.

On Saturday Harry was pictured chatting to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, making it the clearest sign yet that the frosty relationship between the brothers is thawing.



Prince Harry chatting to William and Kate (Image: Pixel 8000)

Prince William and his brother Prince Harry were urged to settle their differences as a royal expert said the Duke of Sussex had acted out of character.

Following the service, Harry and William were seen chatting to each other for the first time since the bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview.

Royal biographer Robert Jobson urged the two brothers to mend their relations because Prince Charles would surely be "upset".

He continued: “We all fall out with our siblings [now and] again, but to continue into a feud is a little, unlike Harry, actually.

“The character that I knew, he was quite relaxed, actually. And I think he wouldn’t have wanted to continue this. So, I don’t understand what the problem is.”

Dylan Donnelly takes over reporting from Bill McLoughlin

8.28pm update: Piers Morgan recalls Prince Philip's brutal swipe over Britain's Got Talent judging role

Piers Morgan has admitted the late Prince Philip once dealt him a cheeky swipe over his former role as a Britain's Got Talent judge when they met at the Royal Variety Show.

Piers Morgan, 56, has paid tribute to Prince Philip by recalling a funny story about their past encounters.

The star revealed that the Duke of Edinburgh, who died peacefully at the age of 99 at Windsor Castle, was less than impressed with his former role as a Britain’s Got Talent judge.

The former Good Morning Britain presenter reflected on the memorable evening in his latest column.

He wrote about how BGT champ Paul “nearly self-combusted with joy and pride" when the Queen told him: "You were very good."

7.38pm update: Prince Philip’s funeral watched by 13 million beating Harry and Meghan's Oprah interview

The BBC has beaten ITV when it comes to broadcasting the royals as it has emerged two million more UK viewers tuned into Prince Philip's funeral compared to Harry and Meghan's interview with Oprah Winfrey earlier this year.

Despite little attendance at the service, there were 13 million Britons who tuned in to watch the live coverage - more than the figure for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey. As for the overall ratings, the BBC beat ITV. 

The BBC’s live coverage for the day was fronted by Huw Edwards and had 11.4 million viewers at its peak - nearly ten times the 1.2 million who had chosen to tune into ITV.

As for those who tuned in to watch Harry and Meghan’s interview, 12.4 million decided to hear their side of the story.

The BBC’s average viewer figure for the funeral was 6.6 million, while ITV's was 851,300.

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Royal Family live: World leaders when Philip became consort (Image: Express)

6.44pm update: Prince Philip’s coffin to wait before Duke transferred to lie with The Queen in chapel

Prince Philip's coffin will lie in the St George's Chapel before being moved to join his devoted wife.

Philip was lowered into the royal vault at the chapel on Saturday but will eventually be moved to the King George VI memorial chapel.

The chapel also houses Princess Margaret, King George VI and the Queen Mother.

When Her Majesty does pass, she and Philip will be moved to the chapel to join previous members of the Royal Family.

5.12pm update: Prince Philip's funeral saw fitting tribute to his 'special relationship' with Falklands

Prince Philip's funeral included a fitting tribute that showed his "special relationship" with the Falkland Islands.

The Queen's husband of 73 years spent almost 14 years in the Royal Navy and saw action in the Mediterranean Sea, the Indian Ocean and the Pacific during World War 2.

Philip's links with the armed services were epitomised by his pallbearers – members of the military specially selected from the Duke's long career.

Among those fulfilling the role was the the son of a Falklands war hero – Major General Rupert Jones, Colonel Commandant of The Rifles.

Mr Jones, 51, is the youngest son of Lieutenant Colonel Herbert "H" Jones, a paratrooper who was awarded the Victoria Cross by the Queen for his "devastating display of courage" at the Battle of Goose Green during the Falklands War in 1982.

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Royal Family live: European Monarchies (Image: Express)

4.12pm update: Queen emerges alone with her dogs at Windsor today after Philip's heartbreaking funeral

The Queen has emerged today from her Windsor residence to take her dogs for a walk following Prince Philip's funeral on Saturday.

Meghan Markle had a "sad day" on Saturday as she watched a livestream of Prince Philip's funeral from her mansion in Santa Barbara, her biographer Omid Scobie said.

He said the sombre royal occasion marked a low moment for the Duchess of Sussex because she "has also lost a family member".

He was interviewed by ABC News as millions of people tuned into live coverage of the royal funeral a week on from the death of the consort.

Mr Scobie, a writer and journalist, said: "Although Meghan isn’t here, she is, of course, supporting Harry.

Bill McLoughlin takes over from Laura O'Callaghan. 

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Prince Harry has been urged to stick around for the Queen's 95th birthday on Wednesday (Image: GETTY)

2.28pm update: Kate Middleton 'did not isolate' Prince Harry after Oprah interview

Prince Harry had "good fortune" when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chose not to "isolate him" at Prince Philip's funeral according to a top royal expert.

During Saturday’s funeral for the Duke of Edinburgh William and Harry were seen walking together after leaving the service. 

It comes just six weeks after the Duke and Duchess of Sussexes’ incendiary interview with Oprah Winfrey in which they accused Royal Family members of racism.

Writing for The Sun Tom Bower, who wrote a biography about Prince Charles, argued it’s too early to say whether the funeral marks the start of a more permanent reconciliation.

Referring to Harry he said: “To his good fortune, William and Kate did not isolate him despite the trashing he meted out on his family on US TV just six weeks ago.

“Only the coming days will reveal whether Harry is prepared to show honest remorse.

“Undoubtedly, the sight of the Queen’s suffering during an emotional service for their beloved grandfather will have drawn the brothers and Kate together in the minutes after a draining spectacle."

1.24pm update: Harry urged not to leave UK just yet with poignant plea to stay for Queen's birthday

Prince Harry is being urged to stay in the UK for at least another four days, with the Queen set to celebrate her first birthday during her reign without Prince Philip. She will turn 95 on Wednesday. 

It remains unclear how long Prince Harry will stay in the UK following yesterday's funeral for Prince Philip.

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Kate was seen giving Prince Charles a peck on the cheek outside the church on Saturday (Image: GETTY)

1.08pm update: Kate leans in and gives tearful Prince Charles tender kiss in support at Philip's funeral

Kate went out of her way to offer her father-in-law Prince Charles support at the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral by leaning in and giving him a tender kiss on the cheek.

The Duchess of Cambridge was pictured outside St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle placing her arm on the heir's shoulder as they exchanged a brief kiss.

The touching moment was captured after the ceremony which was attended by 30 mourners.

Charles led a procession behind his father's coffin which made its way to the chapel as gunshots rang out. 

12.31pm update: Prince Philip wake: Who went to the wake after Duke’s funeral? 15 mourners picked by Queen

Not much is known about the wake, or if one was held at all.

Alongside the Queen, it is likely she would have invited her nearest and dearest to any possible reception after the service.

The 15 guests thought to have been invited to the wake include Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William, Kate, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry. 

Click on the link above to see the full guest list. 

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The Queen looked like she couldn't face going into the church alone, a body language expert said (Image: GETTY)

12.25pm update: Queen 'couldn't face going into church alone' and sought reassurance from Camilla and Kate

The Queen looked like she "couldn't face going to the funeral alone" and sought reassurance from her wider family, a body language expert has said.

The monarch, 94, arrived in the state Bentley outside St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle alongside a lady-in-waiting to say a final farewell to the Duke of Edinburgh.

She was greeted by the Dean of Windsor as her close aide stepped out of view before walking towards the door of the church.

Body language expert Judi James pointed out the brief moment when Her Majesty turned to look back towards the funeral procession as if for reassurance.

She suggested this might have been because the Queen was daunted by having to head into the chapel alone.

Ms James told Mail Online: "There was one moment when she paused and turned around before entering the chapel and it looked terribly poignant, almost as though she couldn't face going in alone.

12.02pm update: Channel 4 news fury as Matt Frei debates end of monarchy in front of Windsor mourners

Channel 4 presenter Matt Frei has been branded a "prat" for discussing whether the monarchy should be abolished while standing outside Windsor Castle near devastated royalists who had gathered to mourn Prince Philip on the day of his funeral.

The gaffe-prone presenter mused with ardent Republican Kimberly McIntosh about what should happen to the UK’s head of state after the Queen dies live on air from Windsor Castle.

Just hours earlier a visibly distraught Queen had buried her husband of 73 years in a heartbreaking ceremony attended by other close royals including Prince Harry.

Rather than giving the country’s longest-serving monarch time to grieve her childhood sweetheart, Mr Frei used it as an opportunity to muse on what should happen once the 94-year-old is dead.

He asked Ms McIntosh to assume that the UK became a republic.

The former BBC presenter said: “Imagine if the monarchy didn’t exist.

“Imagine if it were to be abolished. Which some people in this country want - perhaps you as well - what should replace it?"

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Sinn Fein has apologised for the IRA's murder of Lord Mountbatten, Prince Philip's uncle (Image: GETTY)

11.51am update: Sinn Fein leader apologises for IRA's murder of Prince Philip's uncle

Mary Lou McDonald, the leader of Sinn Fein, has publicly apologised for the IRA's murder of Lord Mountbatten and his 14-year-old grandson a day after the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral. 

Prince Philip's uncle was killed while fishing off the west coast of Ireland in 1979.

An IRA member had planted a bomb on the boat which exploded shortly after he left the shoreline. 

As well as taking out the royal and his teenage grandson Nicholas, the attack killed 15-year-old Paul Maxwell, a young crew member from County Fermanagh.

Ms McDonald told The Times Radio: "I'm sorry that happened. It was heart breaking."

11.40am update: European royals send floral tributes in memory of Prince Philip

European royals have sent the Queen floral wreaths in memory of her husband the Duke of Edinburgh. 

Richard Palmer, royal correspondent for the Daily Express, was given access to view the wreaths. 

He tweeted: "It was lovely to see some of the tributes from other European royalty yesterday outside the chapel’s south door.

"The Greeks sent two wreaths of olives. My favourite was the wreath of daisies sent by Queen Margrethe of Denmark, known as Daisy since childhood, we’re told.

"King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands sent a wreath, as did the former Queen, Princess Beatrix.

"There were also wreaths from the royal families of Norway, Sweden, and Luxembourg that I saw, possibly more."

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Queen Magrethe II of Denmark sent a wreath of daisies in memory of Prince Philip (Image: GETTY)

10.43am update: Touching moment Peter Phillips 'stood back' to allow William and Harry to reunite

Peter Phillips stood back to allow his cousins, Prince William and Prince Harry, to reunite at Prince Philip's funeral amid an ongoing rift between the two royal siblings.

The Duke of Edinburgh was buried yesterday at Windsor Castle but due to coronavirus restrictions, only 30 people were allowed to attend.

The funeral of their grandfather will be the first time the brothers have seen each other face-to-face since the Commonwealth Service in March last year.

But according to a royal expert, it was a "touching gesture" from Peter Phillips who allowed the two brothers to speak.

Vanity Fair's royal correspondent Katie Nicholl claimed Peter walked slightly ahead at certain points in the procession and he was seen to have "stood back".

She told the BBC: "I noticed Peter Phillips, I know they were walking as a trio, but the way he just stood back."

10.31am update: Royal POLL: Should Prince Harry apologise during chat with Prince Charles today? VOTE

Prince Harry is set to spend some one-on-one time with Prince Charles when the father and son head for a walk around the grounds of Windsor Palace before he jets back to the US.

In their first private meeting since the Oprah interview, is asking should the Duke of Sussex issue an apology to his dad?

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A body language expert noted how Peter Phillips 'stood back' to allow Harry and William to reunite (Image: GETTY)

9.32am update: Sophie Wessex emerges as new royal ambassador – 'confirms her ascent within the Firm'

Sophie, Countess of Wessex has "ascended within the Firm" as she steps into a new and bolder role in the wake of the Duke of Edinburgh's death.

The monarch gave her daughter-in-law a "prime position" at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle as the long life of the Royal Family's monarch was honoured.

Under Covid-secure seating arrangements which meant the separation of households, Sophie was seated "diagonally opposite the Queen, within her line of sight".

The mother-of-two looked visibly upset as she bid farewell to Prince Philip alongside her husband Prince Edward and their children Lady Louise and James, Viscount Severn.

8.54am update: Buckingham Palace raises Union Flag back to full mast as national mourning for Philip ends

Buckingham Palace raised the Union Flag back to full mast as the UK's national mourning period for Prince Philip came to an end.

Royal Family staff have once again brought the Union Jack to full mast after lowering it after the announcement of Prince Philip's death on April 9.

The flag remained lowered throughout the eight-day national mourning period that culminated with the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral on Saturday.

The Royal Standard remained absent as the Queen will be remaining at Windsor Castle, where she had been shielding with the Duke since the start of the pandemic in 2020.

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The Royal Family's tree (Image: EXPRESS)

8.04am update: Prince Philip fulfilled 'rare and priceless' royal role for Queen - constitutional expert

Prince Philip fulfilled his "constitutional duties" to the Queen and monarchy through "two formal roles", according to a royal expert.

Philip and the Queen "lived separate constitutional lives", according to an expert.

UCL professor Bob Morris spoke to about the Duke of Edinburgh's formal role as consort and what is provided for the monarch.

He also discussed the royal's legacy in the wake of his death.

Mr Morris told "The consort does have some constitutional duties. The first one is that if his wife fell ill to the extent that she could no longer continue her duties and his son was under the age of 18, then he would have been the regent.

"But, of course, that was time limited by the age of Charles and so on.

"Secondly he was one of the councillors of state when the Queen was absent or temporarily ill."

7.55am update: Sophie Wessex sweetly consoles her young son James during Prince Philip's funeral

Sophie, Countess of Wessex supported her two children with a very heartwarming moment at Prince Philip's funeral.

The simple act of compassion was captured by TV cameras as the Duke of Edinburgh’s Land Rover Defender hearse passed by the mourning family.

Prince Philip’s daughter-in-law looked on with a heavy heart together with her two children, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn as the Duke took his final journey.

As the hearse approached, cameras caught the Countess comforting her young son by placing her hand on his back.

The young viscount was the youngest attendee of the funeral at just 13 years old and is the youngest of the Duke’s grandchildren.

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