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Prince William will be supported by wife Kate Middleton’s family at his grandfather Prince Philip’s funeral — where he’ll come face-to-face with his brother, Prince Harry, for the first time in more than a year, Page Six is told.
The 39-year-old Duchess of Cambridge’s parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, are due to attend the service for the Duke of Edinburgh, who died at age 99 on Friday.
The 38-year-old heir to the British throne — who has been taking on more and more responsibilities in the royal family in recent years — has long adored his in-laws.
It’s particularly important for William to have their support as he is said by royal sources to be “heartbroken” after Harry laid bare their rift during a blockbuster interview with Oprah Winfrey last month.
Harry, 36, also claimed in the TV special that William and their father, Prince Charles, were “trapped” in their royal lives. To add insult to injury, when William and the Prince of Wales, 72, reached out to Harry, the news was reported by Gayle King on “CBS This Morning.”
Philip’s funeral is set to be held at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle next Saturday after eight days of public morning in the UK, and it will be a family affair.
A royal source revealed that the Middletons have also grown close to Charles and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, saying: “They really are all good friends.”
William — who suffered the loss of his and Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, when he was just 15 following his parents’ high-profile divorce — has loved being embraced by the security of the Middleton family, including Kate’s younger sister and brother, Pippa and James, ever since he met his future wife at St. Andrews University in Scotland in 2001.
He likes nothing more than bringing his three kids, Prince George, 7, Princess Charlotte, 5, and Prince Louis, 2, to play in the garden of the Old Boot Inn pub in Stanford Dingley, close to the Middletons’ home.
The inn’s landlord, John Haley, has been a close friend of the family for years and was invited to see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge tie the knot at Westminster Abbey in 2011 — 10 years ago this month.
As Page Six reported last month, William and Kate, who have been in pandemic lockdown at their Norfolk home with their children, dreaded the “soap opera” of Harry and his wife Meghan Markle’s interview with Winfrey.
“They don’t wish to elevate this soap opera — it’s honestly like watching Elizabeth Hurley in ‘The Royals,’” a source added.
“William and Catherine are surrounded by goodness, they have the Middletons, Carole and Mike, Pippa and her husband, James, and James Middleton and his fiancée, Alizee. They’re such a grounded, happy family.”
If Markle, 39, does fly over to the UK with Harry, it will also be the first time she sees Kate face-to-face after alleging that her sister-in-law made her cry in a spat over bridesmaids dresses before the “Suits” alum’s wedding in May 2018.
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