Duke of Edinburgh funeral
17 April 2021

William and Harry sit opposite each other inside chapel for grandfather’s funeral

17 April 2021

The Duke of Sussex and Duke of Cambridge are sitting opposite one another in St George’s Chapel, as the brothers bid farewell to their grandfather.

The pair, who have had a difficult relationship in recent years, face each other in the quire as part of just 30 family members for the Duke of Edinburgh’s downsized funeral.

While William is joined in a bubble arrangement with his wife the Duchess of Cambridge, Harry sits alone.

Duke of Edinburgh's funeral: seating plan (PA Graphics)

He rushed back to the UK from the US following Philip’s death, without the Duchess of Sussex, and has been self-isolating at Frogmore Cottage.

Meghan, who is pregnant, did not travel after medical advice.

The funeral is the first time Harry has been seen publicly with the Windsors since the couple’s controversial interview with talk show host Oprah Winfrey last month.

During the bombshell discussion, he and Meghan accused an unnamed royal of making racist remarks about their son Archie’s skin tone before he was born, and the institution of failing to support Meghan.

In the days after Philip’s death, senior figures such as former prime minister Sir John Major and Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, said they hoped the brothers’ shared grief would be an opportunity to ease tensions and reconcile.

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Harry is 10 seats away from his grandmother, who is also sitting alone at the front of the quire, nearest the altar.

Sitting apart from her children in St George’s Chapel, the Queen cuts a solitary figure as she bids farewell to her beloved husband of 73 years.

Although surrounded by her closest family, the monarch is seated in a socially-distanced way in adherence to the rules of the coronavirus pandemic.

Closest, two seats to her left, is the Duke of York – the Queen and Philip’s third child.

Andrew, who was forced to resign from royal duties in 2019 over his association with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, has described Philip as being “the grandfather of the nation”.

Two seats down from Andrew is his sister the Princess Royal alongside her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence.

Directly opposite the Queen sits the Prince of Wales – the heir to the throne – alongside his wife the Duchess of Cornwall.

Two seats down from Charles and Camilla is the Wessex family.

Closest to Camilla, with the two-seat spacing, is her sister-in-law the Countess of Wessex.

Duke of Edinburgh funeral (PA Wire)

She is joined by her two children, Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor and Viscount Severn, and their father, Queen and Philip’s youngest son the Earl of Wessex.

Two rows behind Charles is Andrew’s daughter Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.

Two seats to their right is Beatrice’s sister Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank.

Two seats further down is Zara Tindall and her husband, former England rugby player Mike Tindall.

Zara’s brother Peter Phillips is seated alone two seats further down, followed by the Earl of Snowdon – the eldest child of the Queen’s late sister Princess Margaret.

Next is Princess Margaret’s daughter and the Queen’s only niece, Lady Sarah Chatto, who is seated beside her husband Daniel Chatto, an artist and former actor.

Two seats down is Bernhard, Hereditary Prince of Baden – the grandson of Philip’s second sister Theodora.

Two rows in front is Prince Philipp of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, the grandson of the duke’s elder sister Princess Margarita.

Opposite is Prince Donatus, Landgrave of Hesse, head of the house of Hesse into which Philip’s younger sister Cecile and Sophie married.

Two rows behind Prince Donatus is Countess Mountbatten. Her husband, the Earl of Mountbatten of Burma, is unwell and unable to attend so the countess is present as his representative.

The countess, Penelope “Penny” Knatchbull, was the duke’s carriage-driving partner and one of his closest friends.

Two seats up from her, towards the altar, is Princess Alexandra, the honourable Lady Ogilvy, a first cousin of the Queen.

Two other cousins are each seated two seats apart, the Duke of Kent and the Duke of Gloucester.

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