Prince Philip funeral updates – Massive royal rift could be HEALED as Prince Harry and Charles reunite for beloved Duke

PRINCE Philip's funeral could heal the Royal rift as Prince Harry and Prince Charles are forced to reunite, it has been claimed.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, suggested a coming together for Prince Philip’s funeral could help heal any family tensions.

It would mark the first time Harry has come face-to-face with his family since he and Meghan sat down with Oprah Winfrey for their explosive interview last month.

Asked if he agreed with Mr Nichols, Sir John said: “I’m sure he is right, I hope he’s right, I believe he is right and I certainly hope so.

“The friction that we are told has arisen is a friction better ended as speedily as possible, and a shared emotion, a shared grief, at the present time because of the death of their father, their grandfather, I think is an ideal opportunity.

“I hope very much that it is possible to mend any rifts that may exist.”

The Duke of Edinburgh died at the age of 99, Buckingham Palace announced Friday – leaving the Queen in deep mourning over his passing.

His funeral will be held at St George's Chapel – the same place where Meghan Markle and Prince Harry got married.

The Duke of Edinburgh, who was married to the Queen for 73 years and described as her constant strength, passed away peacefully on Friday morning, the Royal Family said in a statement.

Philip was taken to London’s King Edward VII Hospital on February 16 after feeling unwell.

Philip's death comes amid a turmoil-filled 12 months for the royals after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry quit the royal family. 

Prince Philip remained one of the hardest working royals in history – since 1952 he attended 22,219 solo engagements and 637 overseas tours in a career marked by his famous gaffes, wit and wisdom.

Read our Royal Family live blog below for the latest news and updates…

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    FAMILY RESEMBLANCE

    A magazine cover from 1957 has revealed the striking resemblance between Prince Harry and his grandad Philip when he was younger.

    A front cover of Paris Match magazine shows the Duke of Edinburgh, at the age of 36, decked out in the Tropical Dress of the Blues and Royals – looking almost identical to his grandson.

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    'MOMENTS TO TALK AND REFLECT'

    The fact that Harry has come alone to the UK for Prince Philip's funeral, could give him and his brother space to finally talk, said ITV's Chris Ship.

    The royal editor told Good Morning Britain: “I wonder whether being on his own with his family will give Harry those moments to talk and to reflect.

    "They’ve had some phone conversations as we know thanks to Gayle King, the US TV anchor, but we will have to see whether they can do that and I think funerals can sometimes do that.”

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    HARRY AND WILLIAM TO 'COME TOGETHER'

    Royal experts suggest that the absence of Meghan Markle from Prince Philip's funeral, might give the chance to Harry and William to "come together."

    It is the first time Harry has been in the UK since last March — and will be the first time he and William have seen each other since his and Meghan's explosive Oprah interview.

    Royal biographer Penny Junor said: “If any good can come out of the Duke of Edinburgh’s death this could be one of those things."

    She added: “They now just need to come together and with luck this really will be what brings them face to face.

    "Because the pandemic has kept Harry away from the family for so long it’s been impossible really to settle their difference and that’s what they need. They need to be together.”

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    MINISTERS TO PAY RESPECTS

    Along with Boris Johnson's special meeting, the Scottish, Welsh, and Northern Irish parliaments are all also being recalled today to pay their respects to Prince Philip.

    Nicola Sturgeon will lead the tributes at Holyrood from 11am, with Cardiff's assembly also sitting at the same time and Stormont an hour later, at noon.

    Meanwhile, political parties across the UKhave suspended all campaigning for a week to mark a "period of mourning" for the Duke of Edinburgh.

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    SPECIAL MEETING

    Boris Johnson will lead tributes to Prince Philip today when the House of Commons sits for a special meeting.

    Parliament is set to return from recess a day early so respects can be paid to the Duke of Edinburgh.

    The session, to be held in the Commons chamber, will begin at 2.30pm and is scheduled to run until up until 10pm.

    It will start with words of tribute from the PM before other top figures like Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer also pay their respects.

    MPs will be able to either attend in person or dial in via Zoom, and have been asked to wear "appropriate" mourning clothes such as dark suits.

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    LIVESTREAM

    Members of the royal family and close friends of the Duke of Edinburgh who will not attend the funeral, will be able to watch the service on live stream.

    Guests who would have attended if it weren'tfor the coronavirus restrictions on people gathering in large groups, will be given login details to watch the ceremony online.

    However, the live stream is believed to be the same footage used by the BBC and ITV but without live commentary.

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    PRINCE WILLIAM AND KATE MIDDLETON'S CHILDREN WILL NOT ATTEND FUNERAL

    William and Kate Middleton's three children are not expected to attend the funeral of their great-grandfather Prince Philip.

    The ceremony at Windsor Castle on Saturday has been scaled back to 30 mourners due to Covid-19 restrictions.

    According to a report Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five, and two-year-old Prince Louis are considered too young to join the Duke's funeral.

    Their absence will free three spots for older relatives.

    Joe Little, of Majesty magazine, said: “Even in normal times, the Cambridge children would probably have been deemed too young to attend.”

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    KATE MIDDLETON AND PRINCE WILLIAM PAY TRIBUTE TO PRINCE PHILIP

    PRINCE William and Kate Middleton paid tribute to Prince Philip days after the duke passed away at Windsor Castle aged 99.

    The Cambridges’ official website for the Royal Foundation was updated today with a large black and white portrait of Prince Philip.

    The picture shows the duke smiling widely at the camera, dressed formally in a suit.

    It follows a tribute posted to the website on Friday which said: “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

    “His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss. Further announcements will be made in due course.”

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    JUST 30 MOURNERS WILL BE CHOSEN BY THE QUEEN TO ATTEND PRINCE PHILIP’S FUNERAL

    JUST 30 people will be allowed to attend Prince Philip’s funeral as a result of tough coronavirus restrictions.

    And while close members of the family will be in attendance, it’s likely the Queen and Duke‘s great-grandchildren will stay at home next Saturday.

    Boris Johnson will not attend the service to allow another member of the family to go in his place.

    And pregnant Meghan Markle remains at home in LA after medics said she shouldn’t travel – although Prince Harry will return for the service.

    Read more here.

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    HEAD OF CATHOLIC CHURCH IN ENGLAND SAYS PHILIP’S FUNERAL COULD HELP HEAL FAMILY TENSIONS

    Cardinal Vincent Nichols, head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, suggested a coming together for Prince Philip’s funeral could help heal any family tensions.

    It would mark the first time Harry has come face-to-face with his family since he and Meghan sat down with Oprah Winfrey for their explosive interview last month.

    Asked if he agreed with Mr Nichols, Sir John said: “I’m sure he is right, I hope he’s right, I believe he is right and I certainly hope so.

    “The friction that we are told has arisen is a friction better ended as speedily as possible, and a shared emotion, a shared grief, at the present time because of the death of their father, their grandfather, I think is an ideal opportunity.

    “I hope very much that it is possible to mend any rifts that may exist.”

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    BRITS URGED TO RAISE A GLASS TO PRINCE PHILIP AS THE NATION’S PUBS – INCLUDING WINDSOR’S DUKE OF EDINBURGH – REOPEN

    THE landlords of the Duke of Edinburgh pub have raised a toast to Prince Philip and urged the rest of England to do the same today as the country unlocks.

    Nick Tilt and Annie Andrews held up their glasses outside their boozer in Windsor — just a few miles from the Castle.

    Staff and locals joined them as they paid tribute to the Queen’s husband, who died on Friday at the age of 99.

    They gathered as the pub, like many others, prepared to reopen today — to provide outdoor service.

    Windsor-born Annie, 65, said it was “fantastic” to raise a glass to the Duke – who was fond of beer — and to “let out a big cheers!”

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    HARRY ARRIVES BACK IN UK FOR PRINCE PHILIP’S FUNERAL WITHOUT MEGHAN MARKLE – BUT WHERE WILL HE STAY?

    PRINCE Harry has returned to the UK for Prince Philip’s funeral without Meghan Markle.

    The Duke of Sussex is thought to have driven to Kensington Palace where he could stay at Nottingham Cottage – the home he and Meghan shared before they were married.

    Harry will stay alone, after doctors warned Meghan not to fly due to her pregnancy.

    The duke, 36, flew over from the US in his first return since he and Meghan stepped back from royal duties.

    An eye witness told The Sun he got off a British Airways flight from Los Angeles which arrived at Heathrow at 1.15pm today.

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    PRINCE HARRY MUST REMAIN IN 10 DAY QUARANTINE AFTER ARRIVING IN UK TODAY – BUT HE CAN STILL ATTEND PHILIP FUNERAL

    Harry returned to the UK yesterday, and is thought to have driven to Kensington Palace where he could stay at Nottingham Cottage – the home he and Meghan shared before they were married.

    The duke flew over from the US in his first return since he and Meghan stepped back from royal duties.

    A witness told The Sun he got off a British Airways flight from Los Angeles which arrived at Heathrow at 1.15pm on Sunday.

    He will have to quarantine for ten days on arrival to the UK – although he can leave it after five days if he provides a negative test under the government’s ‘Test to Release’ scheme.

    He will be allowed to attend Philip’s funeral regardless – as government guidelines state those coming in from abroad can leave isolation “on compassionate grounds”.

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    PRINCE ANDREW: ROYAL FAMILY GRATEFUL FOR 'ABSOLUTELY AMAZING TRIBUTES' TO DUKE OF EDINBURGH

    The Duke of York added that the royal family was grateful for all the "absolutely amazing tributes" to the duke.

    Andrew, who stepped down from royal duties over his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein in 2019, said of Philip: "He was a remarkable man.

    "I loved him as a father. He was so calm. If you had a problem, he would think about it.

    "That's the great thing that I always think about, that he was always somebody you could go to and he would always listen so it's a great loss.

    "We've lost almost the grandfather of the nation. And I feel very sorry and supportive of my mother who's feeling it probably more than everybody else."

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    ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY'S TRIBUTE TO PHILIP AT CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL TODAY

    THE Archbishop of Canterbury today paid tribute to Prince Philip, citing his "remarkable willingness" to live a life of service.

    The Duke of Edinburgh was remembered in Sunday prayers across the nation as members of the royal family joined a church congregation to mourn their loss.

    And the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, honoured Philip during a remembrance service at Canterbury Cathedral.

    Speaking at the service he said: "There was a willingness, a remarkable willingness, to take the hand he was dealt in life, and straightforwardly to follow its call.

    "To search its meaning, to go out and on as sent, to inquire and think, to trust and to pray."

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    PRINCE PHILIP'S COMFORTING WORDS HELPED WILLIAM AND HARRY COPE WITH PRINCESS DIANA'S FUNERAL

    PRINCE Philip's comforting words to William and Harry to help them cope with Princess Diana's funeral have emerged after the Duke's death.

    Diana died in August 1997, when William and Harry were just 15 and 12 respectively.

    Philip, concerned for his grandsons, helped the brothers through their grief.

    William and Harry were staying with their dad Prince Charles, Philip and the Queen at Balmoral in Aberdeenshire at the time of Diana's death in Paris.

    He showed his support by walking alongside the boys at Diana's funeral.

    Read more here.

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    PRINCE HARRY MUST REMAIN IN 10 DAY QUARANTINE AFTER ARRIVING IN UK TODAY – BUT HE CAN STILL ATTEND PHILIP FUNERAL

    Harry returned to the UK this evening, and is thought to have driven to Kensington Palace where he could stay at Nottingham Cottage – the home he and Meghan shared before they were married.

    The duke flew over from the US in his first return since he and Meghan stepped back from royal duties.

    A witness told The Sun he got off a British Airways flight from Los Angeles which arrived at Heathrow at 1.15pm today.

    He will have to quarantine for ten days on arrival to the UK – although he can leave it after five days if he provides a negative test under the government's 'Test to Release' scheme.

    He will be allowed to attend Philip's funeral regardless – as government guidelines state those coming in from abroad can leave isolation "on compassionate grounds".

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    PRINCE PHILIP NEWS: THE LATEST

    • Philip’s funeral will be broadcast to the nation on TV next Saturday, with Charles leading a procession to the chapel at Windsor Castle
    • The Duke of Edinburgh told son Charles he must 'lead the family and look after the Queen' in hospital heart-to-heart
    • Boris Johnson will not attend the funeral to allow more space for the Royal Family
    • Mourners flock to Buckingham Palace – but officials remove tributes in a bid to keep crowds under control
    • The Queen was 'by her husband's side' as he died – and Philip spent his final days enjoying the sunshine

    BRITS URGED TO RAISE A GLASS TO PRINCE PHILIP AS THE NATION’S PUBS – INCLUDING WINDSOR’S DUKE OF EDINBURGH – REOPEN

    THE landlords of the Duke of Edinburgh pub have raised a toast to Prince Philip and urged the rest of England to do the same today as the country unlocks.

    Nick Tilt and Annie Andrews held up their glasses outside their boozer in Windsor — just a few miles from the Castle.

    Staff and locals joined them as they paid tribute to the Queen’s husband, who died on Friday at the age of 99.

    They gathered as the pub, like many others, prepared to reopen today — to provide outdoor service.

    Windsor-born Annie, 65, said it was “fantastic” to raise a glass to the Duke – who was fond of beer — and to “let out a big cheers!”

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    HARRY ARRIVES BACK IN UK FOR PRINCE PHILIP’S FUNERAL WITHOUT MEGHAN MARKLE – BUT WHERE WILL HE STAY?

    PRINCE Harry has returned to the UK for Prince Philip's funeral without Meghan Markle.

    The Duke of Sussex is thought to have driven to Kensington Palace where he could stay at Nottingham Cottage – the home he and Meghan shared before they were married.

    Harry will stay alone, after doctors warned Meghan not to fly due to her pregnancy.

    The duke, 36, flew over from the US in his first return since he and Meghan stepped back from royal duties.

    An eye witness told The Sun he got off a British Airways flight from Los Angeles which arrived at Heathrow at 1.15pm today.

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      WATCH: PRINCE PHILIP PRAISED IN TOUCHING BAFTAS TRIBUTE BY HOSTS EDITH BOWMAN AND DERMOT O'LEARY

      Prince Philip praised in touching Baftas tribute by hosts Edith Bowman and Dermot O’Leary

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      MAPPED: PRINCE PHILIP'S FINAL JOURNEY

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      HEAD OF CATHOLIC CHURCH IN ENGLAND SAYS PHILIP'S FUNERAL COULD HELP HEAL FAMILY TENSIONS

      Cardinal Vincent Nichols, head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, suggested a coming together for Prince Philip's funeral could help heal any family tensions.

      It would mark the first time Harry has come face-to-face with his family since he and Meghan sat down with Oprah Winfrey for their explosive interview last month.

      Asked if he agreed with Mr Nichols, Sir John said: "I'm sure he is right, I hope he's right, I believe he is right and I certainly hope so.

      "The friction that we are told has arisen is a friction better ended as speedily as possible, and a shared emotion, a shared grief, at the present time because of the death of their father, their grandfather, I think is an ideal opportunity.

      "I hope very much that it is possible to mend any rifts that may exist."

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      PRINCE HARRY ARRIVES BACK IN THE UK FOR PRINCE PHILIP’S FUNERAL WITHOUT MEGHAN MARKLE

      PRINCE Harry has arrived back in the UK for Prince Philip's funeral without Meghan Markle as he prepares to join his family in mourning.

      The Duchess of Sussex, 39, was advised not to travel due to her pregnancy – although Palace officials say she made "every effort" to be by her husband's side.

      She didn’t receive medical clearance from her physician, a senior palace official and Buckingham Palace spokesman confirmed.

      As a result, Harry jetted back from LA alone as he grieves his grandfather – and prepares to see his close family for the first time since he and Meghan quit the UK in March 2020.

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