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At the funeral service for Prince Philip, her most important companion is missing
Difficult course for Prince William and Prince Harry: On April 17, 2021, they will carry their grandfather Prince Philip to the grave at Windsor Castle. It is the third time that the brothers have taken part in a public procession. Your most important support is missing this time.
The life of a royal is associated with attributes such as wealth, popularity, power and privilege – and they apply. But being a royal can also be a curse. For example, because you are under constant observation. In good and in bad times. And so the eyes of the world will be directed to Windsor Castle in England on Saturday, April 17th, 2021. There, where the British royal family has to say goodbye to one of their most beloved and esteemed members: Prince Philip, 99.
Prince William and Prince Harry: After Queen Mum and Princess Diana, the next farewell
The center of attention will be Prince William, 38, and Prince Harry, 36. Because of their broken relationship. But also because of the procession that will follow the coffin with Prince Philip and in which the brothers will take part. Because: twice before, Prince William and Prince Harry gave a relatives last escort in deep sadness. Her mother Princess Diana, 36, in September 1997, and great-grandmother Queen Mum, 101, in April 2002.
Prince Philip stood by his grandchildren in 1997 and 2002 – but now he will be missing
In a 2017 interview with the BBC for Diana, 7 Days, William admitted that he felt torn about participating in the procession. Torn between “being Prince William and having to do my bit, and the private William who just wanted to go into a room and cry who had lost his mother.” Prince Harry put it even more drastically in the same year: “I don’t think a child should, under any circumstances, be asked to do so.”
The moving photos of their funeral service
In the procession for the Princess of Wales, Prince Philip had a special meaning for his grandsons. In the discussion about whether the boys should line up behind the coffin or not, he is said to have joined in with the words: “I’ll go when you go”. Prince William is said to have consented only if he had his grandfather by his side.
When saying goodbye to Queen Mother Queen Elizabeth five years later, Prince William and Prince Harry could count on their grandfather: They made the march through London – with other members of the family – together. Now, at the third public funeral procession, Prince William and Prince Harry must make it without Prince Philip. A circumstance that will hurt her deeply.
Source used: own research