Princes William and Harry have had very little contact during royal engagements for the past 10 days.
And that continued at the Queen’s funeral on Monday, with the once-close-knit brothers avoiding contact at different times of the day.
But in the blink of an eye — and you’ll miss it — the meeting at Westminster Abbey shows the royal siblings having a brief conversation as they prepared to be seated for state service.
In the video, which was shown on the TV broadcast, the Prince and Princess of Wales can be seen at the entrance of their row with their children Prince George, 9 and Princess Charlotte, 7, as Harry and wife Meghan Markle approach them.
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The brothers are then seen uttering words to each other, which lip reader Jacqui Press has deciphered.
Ms Press claims Harry, 38, asked William, “Shall we go through first?”
William, 40, then nods, before telling his wife Kate Middleton, “Let them go first,” to which the Princess of Wales, 40, replies, “OK.”
Meghan, 41, walks past William and Kate, seemingly avoiding eye contact, and is quickly followed by Harry.
One photo, taken before the funeral service at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, after the state funeral, shows William and Harry inactive with more than three feet between them.
At one point, they were photographed chatting with the Earl of Snowdon as they prepared to join the procession after the Queen’s casket in the Quadrangle at Windsor Castle.
The Royal Family also attended a private funeral at the King George VI Memorial Chapel, which was not televised.
The brothers walked side by side in the procession from Westminster Abbey through the streets of London.
It was a significant moment for the brothers who were separated during Prince Philip’s funeral in April 2021 by Princess Anne’s son, Peter Phillips, who stood between them.
In what turned out to be incredible timing, Harry and Meghan happened to be in the UK when the Queen died on September 8.
The duo were expected to be in Europe for just seven days on a series of charitable commitments, before being forced to extend their trip to three weeks to account for the mourning period and funeral.
Harry rushed to Balmoral Castle alone on the day his grandmother died, but was not in time to say goodbye.
After moving to the US more than two years ago and having a hit with ‘The Firm’ in several high profile interviews, the very public outings of the Sussexes together with the royal family have been covered in detail.
For the first time since March 2020, Harry was joined by his wife and the Prince and Princess of Wales for a walk around Windsor last weekend, three days after the Queen’s death on September 8.
While the display of unity from the former “fab four” was widely welcomed, it was clear that there were significant tensions between the once close-knit brothers and their wives.
Princes William and Harry barely acknowledged each other during the hour-long engagement, which William reportedly invited the Sussexes to join at the last minute.
And on Saturday, the brothers joined their cousins for a vigil held by the Queen’s eight grandchildren at Westminster Hall.
There is a widespread feeling among royal onlookers that the group outings are not a thawing of relations between the brothers, but rather a temporary truce as the royal family goes through a period of mourning after the death of the Queen.
Harry confirmed in his amazing interview with Oprah Winfrey in March 2021 that his relationship with William had been fraught over the years.
“As I’ve said before, I love William dearly. He is my brother. We’ve been to hell together. But we’re on different paths,” Harry said at the time.
“The relationship is currently ‘space’. And time heals all things, hopefully.”