Prince Harry returned to the UK on Sunday to attend the funeral of his grandfather, Prince Philip, who died at the age of 99 last Friday. The royal family is hoping that the days leading up to Philip’s funeral, which is scheduled for next Saturday, will be used to rebuild Harry and his older brother Prince William’s fractured relationship, according to a source.
“Harry knew he was walking into the lion’s den,” the source told US Weekly, “but he decided it was necessary to keep his head kept high and show his appreciation for his grandfather.” Harry “loved [Philip] very much and will always remember [him] fondly,” the source added.
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The rest of the family is only hoping the brothers can grit their teeth and get through this without tension or resentment, according to the source. “There’s also the possibility that they’ll be able to reconnect in person and put the past behind them, but this will be challenging given the bitterness and rage on both sides.”
Following Harry and Meghan Markle’s explosive tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey last month, the source went on to say that there might be too much baggage for him and Harry to save their relationship by this weekend. Both brothers, on the other hand, are expected to take the high road for Queen Elizabeth.
“It’s more than likely that they’ll get through this peacefully, cordial yet detached,” the source predicted. “One plus is that they won’t want to stress out their grandma with any ill will or negativity.”
William and Harry will not air their dirty laundry while grieving the death of their beloved grandfather, according to royal expert Andrew Morton.
“I believe they will behave admirably and… there will be some interaction,” Morton said. “They’ll be cordial rather than friendly. I don’t think everyone would be throwing their arms around each other.”
Meghan chose not to attend the funeral and instead stayed at her and Harry’s California home after doctors reportedly advised her not to fly because she is six months pregnant with her and Harry’s second child.