Prince William and Prince Harry seated separately at funeral but walk side by side in final procession

Prince William and Prince Harry, the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Sussex sat separately at Westminster Abbey for the Queen’s funeral – with Prince Harry not sitting in the front row when he was sent to his cousins.

The brothers walked shoulder to shoulder as the coffin arrived at Westminster Abbey and again as it was hauled by a gun carriage to Wellington Arch for its final journey to Windsor.

But during the service itself, they sat well apart, according to the long-planned and extensively revised seating protocol for the hundreds of guests.

Prince Harry in the second row behind his father King Charles III – while Prince William is in the front row (Photo: Dominic Lipinski/WPA)

A seat in the front row was reserved for Prince William, the heir to the throne, slightly below the King, the Queen consort and the other children of the Queen and their spouses.

He was joined by his two eldest children, Prince George second and Princess Charlotte third, and his wife Catherine, the Princess of Wales.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex, the Prince and Princess of Wales with their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at Westminster Abbey after Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral. (Photo: Phil Noble /WPA)

Meanwhile, Prince Harry has been relegated to sit in the second row with less prominent royals, just behind his father, King Charles III.

He was accompanied by his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex. The couple chose not to bring their two children, Archie and Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor, who are known to be very protective of them. Her children were believed to be staying with Doria Ragland, the Duchess of Sussex’s mother, in Los Angeles.

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The Sussexes were seated alongside the Duke of York’s daughter Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, as well as Prince Edward’s children, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.

The Duke of York’s daughters, Beatrice and Eugenie, are believed to be the royals closest to Prince Harry since his departure as a working royal, with Princess Eugenie and her husband briefly staying at Frogmore Cottage, the property that Harry left US when he moved there.

King Charles III; Camilla, Queen consort; Princess Anne, Princess Royal; Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex; and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, during Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral (Photo: Dominic Lipinski/WPA)

A rift between Prince Harry and his brother and father has been widely reported – Harry told Oprah Winfrey last year he feels his relatives are “trapped” in royal life – in addition to allegations of racism by an unnamed king towards the Duchess of Sussex.

Events after the Queen’s death have marked a rapprochement in relations between the brothers, who have made a number of public appearances together, while the two families have reportedly attended a private family dinner behind closed doors.

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Prince William wore his military uniform on Monday, while Prince Harry donned a morning suit after being stripped of his honorary military titles after stepping down as working royal in 2020.

They made their first appearance alongside their wives Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Catherine, Princess of Wales, before crowds gathered outside Windsor Castle two days after Her Majesty’s death was announced.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex follows the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II (Photo: STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/Pool via REUTERS)

The appearance marked the first time they have been spotted side by side since the funeral of their grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, in April last year.

Princes William and Harry stood guard at the Queen’s coffin with their other grandchildren on Saturday night.

Prince Harry received special permission from the King to wear his military uniform solely for the vigil – which did not extend to today’s funeral – although his grandmother’s ‘ER’ initials were removed from the shoulder of his jacket.

Prince Andrew, who is also no longer a working royal, kept the initials on his uniform as he held a vigil around the coffin alongside the Queen’s other children on Friday night.

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The Prince of Wales and the Duke of Sussex also walked side-by-side in procession as the Queen was taken from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall on Wednesday last week.

Prince William told the following day outside the Sandringham Estate that walking behind the Queen’s coffin brought up painful memories of the funeral of his mother, the late Diana, Princess of Wales.

On Monday, the Queen’s coffin will follow a path similar to that of Diana at her funeral in 1997.

Princes William and Harry – aged 15 and 12 at the time – both walked behind their mother’s coffin.

The brothers have been estranged since Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex made the decision to step down from their roles as senior members of the royal family and move to the United States in 2020.

Both attended the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebration in June this year, although they weren’t pictured together, sitting at opposite ends of St Paul’s Cathedral during the thanksgiving service.

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