CAUSE Harry and his brother William will go behind the Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin during his funeral next Saturday.
Harry’s pregnant wife Meghan Will not go for medical reasons.
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The coffin will be carried in a specially modified Land Rover – which Philip helped to design – to its final resting place inside St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
Prince Charles last night sent an emotional gratitude to his deceased father, saying “My dear father is a very special person”.
Details of the funeral next Saturday appeared yesterday after the death of Prince Philip on Friday morning at the age of 99.
The coffin will be carried in a specially modified Land Rover – the one Philip helped with the design – to its final resting place inside St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. His son Edward and wife Sophie drove to Windsor yesterday to visit the Queen – Philip’s 73-year-old wife.
A source from the Palace confirmed “Harry is planning to attend the funeral”.
Sources close to Charles said he was “delighted” that his sons would be reunited after months of stress.
Harry will fly 5,000 miles from the US to be at Windsor Castle next Saturday – where he will meet the senior royals for the first time since “Megxit” and his Oprah Winfrey chat.
He will go behind Philip’s coffin alongside his brother William and father Charles – just weeks after he announced they were trapped inside the Royal Family.
But a source from Palace confirmed: “I am sure that Charles will be happy to meet his son. It’s been over a year. The prince is looking forward to meeting him ”.
Harry last saw the royal family at Westminster Abbey’s Commonwealth Day service on March 9, 2020.
Palace rulers yesterday announced Philip’s funeral will take place at 3pm on Saturday at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle and will be televised live.
And a royal source confirmed: “Harry will be in attendance.”
Pregnant wife Meghan, 39, will not fly on her doctor’s advice.
Their son Archie23 months, and none of Philip’s great-grandchildren will attend.
The full list of 30 guests will be revealed later this week.
Harry and Meghan’s biographer Omid Scobie said: “If there’s anything we know that Harry is extremely close to Philip. This will be a very difficult time for him as he faces death.
“Meghan tried her best to travel but unfortunately, she didn’t get a medical certificate.”
Mr. Scobie said Harry, 36, had been informed of his grandfather at the same time as the rest of his family. He added: “It is a unified approach from Palace officials.”
His travels follow an Oprah conversation in which Meghan claims that a royal asked about Archie’s skin color.
Harry’s “stuck” comments are believed to have caused deep insult to the family.
He will be exempt from ten-day quarantine for those coming to the UK – like
Government guidelines state that they can be isolated for compassionate reasons.
It is assumed he will be staying at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, which is still his UK hometown.
The royal source added: “The funeral will be held according to all pertinent Covid guidelines.”
William, 38, had not spoken to Harry for months after his brother gave up royal duties last January.
Last month, Harry’s friend, the TV presenter Gayle King revealed that Charles and William had been having “ineffective” crisis talks with Harry. But some royal experts believe William is ready to give his brother one last chance.
Royal author Penny Junor said: “My hope is that if something good can come out of the Duke’s death, it will bring the family together.
“This is a golden opportunity. But there is certainly a lot of hurt.
“I am sure the Queen will be pleased to see him as your nephew first of all.
“William and Harry had such a close relationship in the past and this could begin to heal the rift.
“They have to remember each other. I’m sure there is a real desire to go back to square one.
“They have to grow up and be able to eat some modest cakes.”
Last night Harry is said to be still in California. He is expected to leave his £ 11m mansion in Montecito and fly in on a private jet.
Royal author Phil Dampier said yesterday: “All of this has come much earlier than expected.
“Harry wasn’t expected to return until July when he and William will announce a statue on their mother’s 60th birthday Diana.
“I’m sure the family will welcome him but they also want to take the opportunity to have a collective and private discussion with him.
“It also has the potential to lead to an opportunity for them to talk to him while he’s not with Meghan.”
Philip got out of bed and told aides that he had improved just 36 hours before dying, it showed up yesterday. Medics warned that he was unlikely to survive for more than a week when he left the hospital following a heart surgery last month.
A source said: “Nothing more is said about the Duke than how he fights bravely under all medical expectations. It displayed the sheer strength of his will. “
Another source said: “He feels that dying during a pandemic is a good time to go without any fanfare.
“He never wanted a commotion in life and was determined that it wouldn’t happen when he died.”
Four nurses were looking after him around the clock at Windsor Castle.
On Wednesday, 22 days after discharge, the Duke got dressed and got out of bed.
But his condition worsened and he passed away early on Friday. A royal said: “The Duke is adamant that he does not want to die at the hospital, but at Windsor Castle, where his mother was born.”
Philip’s funeral will be shown on TV next Saturday with the Charles procession in the lead
The source said that Prince Andrew, who lived three miles from the castle at Royal Lodge, was believed to be the first family member to be at the Queen’s side and is burdened with supporting her.
An insider said: “Andrew has always been the Queen’s favorite.
“Even though she had reliable employees and she became dependent on Andrew. He considers himself her rock very much now. “