Prince Philip funeral: Harry and William leave service together
The two brothers, whose rift has been well documented in recent months, are understood to have chatted for hours after their grandfather Prince Philip's funeral on Saturday. Their father Prince Charles was also present, sparking hopes their relationship will be mended. Prince Harry's tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey will have undoubtedly come up in conversation, an insider has claimed.
A source said of their conversation: "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.
“Harry and William appeared cordial as the cameras rolled and that seemed to pave the way for Charles to join them when everyone had left.”
William, Harry and Charles are understood to have stayed at Windsor Castle together for two hours after the conclusion of the funeral.
The reunion has sparked hopes the Duke of Sussex is taking steps to heal his rift with the Royal Family, particularly his older brother.
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Prince William and Prince Harry are thought to have discussed the Oprah interview this weekend
Prince Harry attended his grandfather's funeral on Saturday
A source told the Sun: “It’s early days but you’d hope this is exactly the first step Philip would have wished for.”
Prior to the funeral, Harry had spoken with William and Charles over the phone.
But US anchor Gayle King, a friend of Meghan's, revealed the chat had been unproductive.
The peace talks were held after the Sussexes' interview with Oprah, where the pair accused an unnamed member of the Royal Family of racism.
Harry also claimed his brother and father were "trapped" within the institution.
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6.25am update: Prince Harry vowed to 'respect the institution' in heartfelt message to Charles
Prince Harry vowed to to "respect the institution" in a heartfelt message to his father, Prince Charles, according to a royal source.
The Duke of Sussex and wife Meghan Markle decided last year to step back from royal duties.
As the news sent shockwaves through the world, the Duke purportedly had to explain to his father his reasons for leaving the Firm in written correspondence.
In the letters, Harry "outlined his reasons for leaving" while vowing to "respect the institution", sources have claimed.
5.10am update: Queen’s horse racing adviser dies after decades of ‘magnificent’ service to Royal Family
The Queen's horse racing adviser, Sir Michael Oswald, died aged 86 after doing a “magnificent job” working for the Royal Family.
Sir Michael died on Saturday on the same day as Prince Philip’s funeral, according to the Racing Post
Lady Angela, Sir Michael’s wife and former lady-in-waiting to the Queen Mother, said her husband had “the most wonderful job”.
4.05am update: Meghan Markle and Harry fans predict couple will name second baby Lily to honour Queen
Royal fans have predicted that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will name their second child Lily in a heartwarming tribute to Queen Elizabeth II.
Her Majesty’s close family called Elizabeth ‘Lilibet’ after the very young princess was unable to pronounce her own name.
The Queen’s parents and grandparents adopted the adorable nickname.
Her Majesty’s late father, George VI, was once quoted as saying: "Lilibet is my pride. Margaret is my joy."
Kate tried to "break the ice" with Prince Harry at Prince Philip's funeral rather than "get revenge" for Meghan Markle's claims to Oprah Winfrey, according to a royal expert
2.15am update: William, Charles and Kate ‘hammered things out’ with Harry in private chat after funeral
Prince William, Kate Middleton and Prince Charles had a private two-hour long chat with Prince Harry on Saturday, according to a royal source.
The four royals reportedly came together for a long talk after Prince Philip’s funeral at the weekend.
The Duke of Sussex returned to the UK last week to attend the funeral, after relocating to the US last March.
It was the first time Harry has been seen in public with the Royal Family members in over a year.
The royals met up at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s former Windsor home, Frogmore Cottage.
1.05am update: Prince Harry's wreath request rejected by Royal Family before Meghan Markle backlash
Prince Harry's request to have a wreath laid in London was rejected by the Royal Family before Meghan Markle's recent wreath backlash.
The pregnant Meghan was unable to attend Prince Philip’s funeral on Saturday, after being advised against flying, but she sent a wreath of campanula, rosemary, lavender and roses, along with with a heartfelt handwritten note.
While many saw this as a way for the Duchess of Sussex to pay her respects without being there personally, she was accused of leaking details of it to the press as a publicity stunt.
Commentator Daniela Elsa wrote in the Australian news outlet news.com.au: “What is bewildering here is why and how, on a day which should have been resolved solely focusing on celebrating the Duke, that still something Sussex-related has managed to end up in the headlines.”
12.20am update: Kate Middleton 'rose above' Prince Harry's 'rudeness' with 'enormous dignity'
Royal expert Angela Levin told talkRADIO that the Duchess of Cambridge did not look resentful as she approached Prince Harry to "break the ice" between the Duke of Sussex and her husband Prince William.
The royal commentator also praised Kate as 'remarkable' for stepping away from the conversation in order to allow the brothers to talk.
Sarah Ferguson reportedly looked after her grandson August while Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank attended Prince Philip's funeral
Melanie Kaidan takes over live reporting from Katie Harris.
10.30pm update: Kate tried to 'break ice' with Harry rather than 'get revenge'
Kate tried to "break the ice" with Prince Harry at Prince Philip's funeral rather than "get revenge" for Meghan Markle's claims to Oprah Winfrey, according to a royal expert.
The Duchess of Cambridge chatted to Harry as the royals left the funeral at St George's Chapel on Saturday before subtly moving away after they were joined by Prince William to give the brothers time alone.
Writing in the Telegraph, royal author Angela Levin said: "Stepping forward to talk to Prince Harry and you could tell by her soft movements that rather than get revenge for the criticism his wife Meghan Markle had aimed at her during Oprah Winfrey’s bombshell conversation, she was trying to break the ice.
"As William joined them and Catherine quietly stepped down off the pavement to give the brothers space to chat, she then quite naturally stepped back to talk to Sophie, Countess of Wessex, occasionally taking a glance at the two men."
8.35pm update: William and Charles met Harry together so words couldn't be 'misconstrued'
Prince William and Prince Charles insisted on meeting Prince Harry together after Prince Philip's funeral so what they said could not be "misconstrued", it has been claimed.
William and Charles reportedly held discussions with Harry at Windsor Castle after the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral on Saturday.
But it has been claimed the pair insisted on being together for the talks to avoid their words being "misconstrued" in the wake of the Sussexes' Oprah Winfrey interview.
A senior royal insider told the Mail Online's Dan Wootton: "It was important to Charles and William that they were both there together. It means nothing spoken about can be misconstrued in the future."
7pm update: William makes rare intervention as he wades into European Super League row
Prince William has hit out at the planned European football Super League and warned it could "damage the game we love".
William, who is president of the English Football Association, tweeted: "Now, more than ever, we must protect the entire football community – from the top level to the grassroots – and the values of competition and fairness at its core.
"I share the concerns of fans about the proposed Super League and the damage it risks causing to the game we love."
The Queen is unlikely to hold a family summit while Prince Harry is in the UK, according to a royal expert
5.50pm update: Sarah Ferguson had important role on day of Philip's funeral
Sarah Ferguson had an important role on the day of Prince Philip's funeral despite not being invited to the service.
The Duchess of York reportedly looked after her grandson August on Saturday while Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank attended the funeral at St George's Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle, which was restricted to just 30 guests due to coronavirus rules.
Prince Andrew, Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi also attended.
Sarah stayed at her and Andrew's Royal Lodge residence and looked after her grandson, HELLO! reported.
5.05pm update: William and Harry 'parking their feelings' to support Queen through grief
Prince William and Prince Harry are "parking their feelings" to support the Queen through the grief of losing Prince Philip, according to a royal commentator.
Royal expert Russell Myers told Sunrise: "I think amicable might be pushing it slightly but people I have been speaking to have said the brothers are united in grief at this stage.
"And certainly, they are putting things to bed for the meantime.
"This is all about supporting the Queen, supporting the rest of the family and giving the Duke of Edinburgh this send-off he deserves.
"It is all about his commemoration so I think the boys are growing up a little bit. And just parking their feelings for a little bit."
4.15pm update: Queen 'not in mood' to hold family summit with Harry
The Queen is unlikely to hold a family summit while Prince Harry is in the UK to discuss his and Meghan Markle's bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview, according to a royal expert.
Royal biographer Ingrid Seward told The Times: "His grandmother will not be in the mood for it. She hates confrontation.
“The royal children have so much difficulty in getting the Queen to discuss anything other than dogs or horses.
"I remember Fergie telling me it took three weeks for them to try and get her to discuss their divorce.
"She kept saying ‘Oh, I’ve got to take the dogs for a walk.’"
The Queen's official mourning period will end on Thursday
Katie Harris taking over live reporting from Emily Ferguson.
2.50pm update: Queen to make Prince Charles 'quasi-king' as he takes on new role within the Royal Family
Prince Charles's role in the Royal Family is set to increasingly grow in importance to the point he will become a "quasi-king", according to a royal commentator.
Prince Charles has become the "patriarch" of the Royal Family in the wake of Prince Philip's passing, according to royal expert Robert Jobson. The expert also addressed the increasing level of responsibilities the Prince of Wales has been taking on in recent years.
Appearing on ABC's podcast The Heir Pod, Mr Jobson said: "The Prince of Wales will step up, in a way he’s already been doing that for the past five years, but now he truly is the patriarch of the family because the Duke of Edinburgh is dead".
The Queen will turn 95 on Wednesday
2.20pm update: Queen gets back to 'business as usual' as she 'ramps up' work after mourning Prince Philip
The Queen is preparing to get back to "business as usual" as soon as the royal mourning period ends later this week following Prince Philip's death.
The Queen said her final goodbye to her husband of 73 years on Saturday, as Britain stood still to mark Prince Philip's funeral.
The monarch's two-week mourning will come to an end on Thursday, April 22. After this date, Her Majesty is expected to return to "business as usual" and concentrate her efforts on plans for next year's Platinum Jubilee.
Royal insiders said the Queen intends to carry on undertaking engagements when the period of official mourning ends.
1.30pm update: Camilla dedicates special project in memory of ‘great fellow reader’ Prince Philip
Camilla, who launched earlier this year her very own book club on Instagram, dedicated its second season to her father-in-law Prince Philip.
In a brief statement released to mark the beginning of the new reading season, Camilla affectionately addressed Prince Philip as "a great fellow reader".
She said: "As Patron of Booktrust, which I inherited from my late father-in-law His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, I would like to dedicate the next series of my Reading Room to him, in memory of a great fellow reader..."
This brief statement was signed off with a "C", indicating it had been penned by Camilla herself.
12.50pm update: Queen opts to scale back public birthday plans due to 'glaring absence' of Prince Philip
The Queen won't publicly mark her 95th birthday this week as she is still mourning the loss of her beloved husband Prince Philip, according to royal insiders.
There will be no gun salute or new portrait shared on the Queen's birthday on April 21, it has been claimed.
The Queen is understood to be reluctant to publicly celebrate her birthday as it comes while she is still observing a period of mourning.
Plans to release a new photograph of the Queen will be discarded, according to royal expert Rebecca English.
She said: "Plans to mark the day with a new portrait of her are set to be shelved because she is still in the official period of royal mourning for her beloved husband."
Kate has been described as the Royal Family's 'rock'
12pm update: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's explosive claims still very 'raw' – issues 'unresolved'
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's sit-down chat with the US chat show host aired last month, which saw the couple make a number of incendiary claims against the Royal Family.
The interview prompted a fierce backlash in the UK, and an expert has said the fall-out is "still raw" among royal circles.
Royal commentator Richard Kay has said there remain several "unresolved" issues within the Royal Family, in the wake of the Oprah interview.
Writing in a column for the Daily Mail, he said: "The fall-out from Harry and Meghan's Oprah Winfrey interview is still raw and its issues, not least the claims that a member of the Royal Family had made racist comments about the colour of their son Archie's skin, remain unresolved."
11.10am update: Lady Louise Windsor to inherit Prince Philip's carriage and ponies featured at funeral
Lady Louise Windsor, the youngest and beloved granddaughter of Prince Philip, is set to inherit his carriage and two ponies, it has been claimed.
The 17-year-old, who share Prince Philip's love for carriage driving, is set to be passed on this memento of the Duke of Edinburgh, sources have said.
Lady Louise, they explained, will regularly exercise the two black ponies who have accompanied the Duke of Edinburgh's carriage rides for more than a decade.
And she will also receive the Duke's dark green carriage, the insiders told the Daily Mail.
Prince Philip taught carriage driving to both Lady Louise and her mother Sophie, Countess of Wessex.
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Prince Harry is due to return to the US in the next 24 hours, having flown back to the UK for his grandfather's funeral.
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9.40am update: Kate has become the Royal Family's 'greatest asset' – Duchess praised for being 'new rock'
Kate has been heaped with praise for helping to hold the Royal Family together on Saturday, in an emotional final farewell to the Duke of Edinburgh.
A royal expert said the Duchess has emerged as "the rock the monarchy will depend on" and said the royal will undoubtedly "be the perfect Queen consort".
Prince William's biographer Brian Hoey said Kate came to the fore during Saturday's funeral.
He said: “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.”
9am update: Kate joins forces with Sophie and Anne to make sure The Queen is 'not alone' this week
Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, and other close relatives of the Queen have devised a plan not to leave the mourning sovereign alone after the loss of her husband of 73 years.
A source claimed the Queen "will not be alone" in the coming weeks, as she continues to mourn the great loss of Prince Philip.
Senior royals have agreed on a plan which will see the Queen's closest relatives dropping by Windsor Castle for a visit, contacting her via video call and share her workload, the insider said.
The source told the Mirror: "The Queen will not be alone. She will have others who care about her deeply and want to be there to support her in her most pressing hour.
"In typical fashion, the Queen has insisted she is coping and despite the suggestion she had prepared herself for this day to come, everyone is well aware there is nothing like the experience when it comes."
8.30am update: Queen set to get bulk of Prince Philip's £10million fortune
The Duke of Edinburgh arrived in Britain as a penniless and stateless refugee but he left this world with an estimated £10 million fortune.
Buckingham Palace has declined to say what will happen to his estate now but it is likely he will leave most of it to the Queen, who is exempt from inheritance tax under a special deal struck between the monarchy and the Government.
That deal is based on the assumption that the monarch is unable to work or trade to grow his or her private wealth unlike others. It enables monarchs to pass on their private wealth to the next sovereign.
Royal consorts are not strictly covered by the same exemptions as monarchs but the exact details of Philip’s estate may never become public.
Unlike everyone else’s, Royal Family wills tend to be sealed under a practice begun after a sex scandal in 1910 when Queen Mary’s brother, Prince Francis of Teck, left jewels to a mistress.