the british princes William Y Enrique they walked together on Monday behind the coffin of the Queen isabel IIjust as they did 25 years ago with their mother, Lady Dibut without showing signs of reconciliation.
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With a memoir from Harry due out next year, and backstage discussions about military uniforms and titles for their sons, they and their wives, Catherine and Meghan, seemed as far apart as ever.
The brothers did their duty, walking side by side behind their father, King Charles III, and other senior members of the royal family, as their grandmother’s coffin was carried to Westminster Abbey for her funeral.
Williamheir to the throne of his father Carlos III, wore a military uniform. EnriqueBanned from doing so since leaving his life as a royal, he wore a suit with his medals pinned to it.
As the coffin entered the abbey, Enrique he kept his eyes lowered, while other members of the family in military uniform saluted.
In the past week, William He confessed to the public that walking behind his grandmother’s coffin had brought back painful memories of his mother’s funeral procession, in 1997, when he was 15 years old and his brother was just 12.
But if that painful shared experience was on their minds, there was no outward acknowledgment of it.
At the entrance to the abbey, the brothers, who were once so close they could finish each other’s sentences, were accompanied by their wives and by William and Catherine’s two eldest sons, nine-year-old Prince George and Princess Charlotte, of seven, who are second and third, respectively, in the line of succession to her grandfather.
Catherine, newly appointed Princess of Wales, like William’s mother, Diana, wore a black ensemble with a wide-brimmed hat and her hair tied up in a bun.
Meghan wore a black cape and dress and a wide-brimmed hat.
The four, who were seen as the future of the monarchy until they parted ways, didn’t make eye contact as they walked down the aisle behind the coffin and sat down separately.
William and his family sat on a front bench with his father and his brothers Ana, Andrés and Eduardo.
Enrique and Meghan, officially the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, sat in a second row directly behind the King and Queen consort with their cousin Princess Beatrice.
There had been speculation that Harry might wear his uniform at the funeral after he appeared dressed in the uniform of the Blues and Royals cavalry regiment in which he served, at a vigil by the queen’s coffin on Saturday night. , but it seems that this was a last gesture of the king towards his son.
Harry served twice with the British Army in Afghanistan, but strict protocols reserve military dress for active, full members of the royal family for occasions such as funerals.
This left Harry in a difficult position since he abandoned his royal duties to move to North America in 2020.
In an interview with US presenter Oprah Winfrey, Meghan said an unidentified member of the Royal House had expressed concern to her about the color of her son’s skin.
She also accused Catherine of making her cry, and the palace aides of not wanting to help her when she felt suicidal.
The icy relations between the two couples are a far cry from the days when they were hailed by the media as the “fab four” – the fabulous four, as the Beatles were nicknamed.
Two days after the queen’s death, public hopes for an end to the damaging breakup were also raised when the two couples appeared on an impromptu walk outside Windsor Castle.
However, sources have told the Daily Mail that “no significant rapprochement” had taken place so far.
With information from AFP