Prince Harry, William’s Funeral Appearance Was Not PR, Says Former Butler
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- Prince Harry and Prince William walked side by side at the Queen’s funeral on Monday.
- The decision was not PR, according to King Charles’ former aide Grant Harrold.
- Harrold said the siblings showed they were a “united family” leading up to the funeral.
Grant Harrold, a former butler to King Charles, spoke to Insider about Prince Harry’s relationship with the royal family after the Queen’s funeral.
Harry and William walked side by side during Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral on Monday. It was a different picture at Prince Philip’s funeral in April 2021, where their cousin Peter Phillips stood among the siblings.
It is unclear whether the brothers have reconciled after reports emerged that the feud had been going on since 2018. The Guardian reports that William and Harry did not see eye to eye and were separated during the funeral.
Harrold employed the royal family from 2004 to 2011 and worked closely with Charles, Harry, and William. He said that he did not believe that the joint appearance of Harry and William would be a PR stunt, but rather a decision made naturally.
“Things don’t just happen. They’re always planned. But I don’t think this was planned on purpose,” Harrold said.
Harrold said the brothers had already shown they were a “united family” when they accompanied their wives to Windsor Castle to watch the Queen’s tributes a few days after her death.
“It may have been a short time, but the Queen’s death brought it together,” Harrold said.
William invited Meghan Markle and Harry to join the procession, a spokesman for Kensington Palace previously told The Times of London.
“The Prince of Wales thought it was an important show of unity at a very difficult time for the family,” the spokesman said, according to The Times.
Harrold added that Harry’s relationship with the king could also improve. The King mentioned his “love for Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives abroad” in his first royal speech on September 9.
“The fact that Charles said that, it was him extending an olive branch,” Harrold said.
“He acknowledged their new life in California, but he made it clear that they are part of the family. This was his first speech of his reign, and he made it clear that even if people don’t like Meghan, she is part of the family.” added.
Kensington Palace, Buckingham Palace, and representatives for the Duke of Sussex did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
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