Prince Philip would have wanted Harry and William to heal their rift, a royal insider has claimed.

The two royal brothers walked close to one another behind the coffin of the Duke of Edinburgh before the strikingly sad service on Saturday.

Once the last psalm had rung out and final prayer delivered, Harry and William - seemingly helped along by Kate Middleton - were seen chatting in public for the first time.

It was later reported that the feuding siblings had spoken for two hours before the funeral in what was their first face-to-face conversation since Megxit.

As difficult as it is to glean the significance of a short conversation on such an emotional day, it was enough to cheer those who wish to see the brothers form a united front again.

William, Peter Philips and Harry walked behind the coffin together
William, Peter Philips and Harry walked behind the coffin together

A source told the Daily Mail : “It’s early days but you’d hope this is exactly the first step Philip would have wished for.”

Harry and William's relationship has been frosty following the younger brother's departure from the Firm.

Things are likely to have got rockier last month when the Duke of Sussex made a string of bombshell allegations about the royals in an interview with Oprah Winfrey.

During the chat he said his brother and father were trapped and alleged Charles had stopped returning his calls.

William has yet to comment on the interview, short of denying that the Royal Family is racist.

The senior royals during the funeral procession
The senior royals during the funeral procession
A royal source suggested Philip would want his grandchildren to iron out any issues they may have
A royal source suggested Philip would want his grandchildren to iron out any issues they may have

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.

It is not clear when Harry will return to the US, but reports say he could stay in the UK for the Queen's 95th birthday on Wednesday.

A source told The Sun: “It is not known what was said behind closed doors and when the cameras were turned off, but it's unfathomable to think Megxit and Oprah did not come up.