Princes William and Harry walked facet by facet behind their grandmother Queen Elizabeth’s coffin on Wednesday, a scene harking back to when, as boys 25 years in the past, they adopted their mom Princess Diana’s casket within the glare of world media.
The brothers, whose relationship has change into strained in recent times, have been participating in a solemn procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Corridor, the place the queen’s physique will lie in state for 4 days till her funeral on Monday.
Their father King Charles was simply in entrance of them with the late queen’s different kids. Charles’s spouse Camilla, the Queen Consort, William’s spouse Kate, Princess of Wales, and Harry’s spouse Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, travelled to the corridor by automobile.
In 1997, after Diana was killed aged 36 in a automobile crash in Paris, William and Harry, aged 15 and 12, walked by way of central London in her funeral cortege, one of many defining photographs of their lives.
Whereas the circumstances are very completely different now, the queen having died peacefully aged 96 at her Scottish dwelling, there are similarities – the emotion, the solemn pageantry, and the sense of a momentous occasion unfolding in entrance of crowds and cameras.
Each brothers have spoken up to now of the lasting trauma they endured after their mom’s dying and that lengthy, gruelling stroll, throughout which they maintained a stoical facade regardless of the grief and turmoil they have been feeling.
“It was like I used to be exterior my physique, simply strolling alongside, doing what was anticipated of me, exhibiting one tenth of the emotion that everybody was exhibiting,” Harry stated in a 2021 TV documentary sequence, revealing that he had later used alcohol and medicines to numb the ache.
William stated in 2017 that the shock of Diana’s dying nonetheless lingered inside him.
“You by no means recover from it. It is such an unbelievably large second in your life that it by no means leaves you. You simply study to cope with it,” he stated in a TV programme.
Totally different Paths
The brothers have been shut for a few years after Diana’s dying, however their lives have taken completely different turns in recent times.
William, who dedicates himself full-time to his royal duties, is now subsequent in line to the throne. Harry lives in the US, having stepped away from his personal royal duties since 2020.
Harry and Meghan gave a bombshell interview to Oprah Winfrey in March 2021 during which Meghan talked about her unhappiness and isolation throughout her time as a working royal after she married Harry in 2018.
Harry described feeling trapped by royal life and criticised his household for failing to help his spouse.
Meghan additionally stated there had been “considerations and conversations” throughout the household when she was pregnant along with her son Archie about what color his pores and skin can be. Meghan’s mom is Black and her father is white.
Buckingham Palace responded that “some recollections might fluctuate” although the problems raised have been “regarding”.
For the reason that queen’s dying final Thursday, there have been indicators that the royal household have been attempting to patch issues up with Harry and Meghan.
In his first tackle as sovereign, Charles stated he cherished them, and the next day the couple joined William and Kate on a walkabout amongst crowds of mourners close to Windsor Fort.
Whether or not the queen’s dying results in a long-lasting rapprochement between the brothers stays to be seen.
Since their rift got here out into the open, they’ve been collectively on numerous emotional events that didn’t seem to deliver them nearer.
One was the funeral in April final 12 months of their grandfather Prince Philip, the queen’s husband, once they walked behind the coffin, although not facet by facet – they have been separated by a cousin.
One other was the revealing just a few months later of a statue of their mom at Kensington Palace, her former dwelling.
“On daily basis, we want she have been nonetheless with us,” the brothers stated in a joint assertion on that event.
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