Princes William and Harry ‘put differences aside’ to focus on Prince Philip’s funeral after fallout

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Prince Harry and Prince William are said to be putting their differences aside to come together and remember Prince Philip, a royal expert has revealed.

The Duke of Sussex, 36, returned to the UK from California, US earlier this week ahead of the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh on Saturday 17 April.

It will be the first time Prince Harry will reunite with his brother Prince William, 38, face-to-face following his explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey.

As Harry's arrival in the UK and the Royal Family's tributes to Prince Philip, who was 99 when he died last week, were discussed on Good Morning Britain, it was suggested the Duke of Cambridge was “taking a dig” at his brother in his statement when he highlighted Philip's length of service to the Queen and country and said: “I will miss my Grandpa, but I know he would want us to get on with the job“.


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But, royal editor Omid Scobie has insisted this is not the case and the brothers are not focusing on their differences.

Speaking on GMB via video link on Tuesday 13 April, Omid, who is understood to be a close friend of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, explained he believes Harry and William's tributes to Philip were an expression of their “different personalities”.

Sharing his views on Prince William’s statement following Prince Philip’s death, Omid said: “He really is thinking about getting back to work. I don’t think it was anything aimed at his brother.

“In fact I think across the board in the royal family right now everyone is really looking at putting differences aside to focus the one thing that matters and that’s focusing on Prince Philip’s life and legacy but also rallying around the Queen during her time of need.”

Omid, who co-wrote Harry and Meghan’s biography Finding Freedom, added: “I think if there’s anything that’s sort of beautiful about this week and in the days leading up to the funeral is actually seeing a family unified in a way that we haven’t seen in so many years.”


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It comes after Harry, who’s wife Meghan is said to have decided to stay away from Prince Philip’s funeral as she doesn’t want to be the centre of attention, penned a tribute to the late Prince Philip following his death on Friday 9 April.

He said: “My grandfather was a man of service, honour and great humour.

“He was authentically himself, with a seriously sharp wit, and could hold the attention of any room due to his charm – and also because you never knew what he might say next.”

In the statement, Harry added that his late grandfather was “a rock for Her Majesty the Queen” and a “legend of banter”.


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Meanwhile, Prince William’s statement was more formal as the Duke of Cambridge said: “My grandfather was an extraordinary man and part of an extraordinary generation.”

It’s understood the brothers were at odds following Harry and Meghan’s explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Shortly before Prince Philip’s death, it was claimed that William accused brother Harry of putting “fame over family”.

A source told US Weekly: “William feels that Harry has gotten too big for his boots since moving to California – that success and Hollywood have gone to his head.”

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