The heartfelt tributes made by Prince Harry and Prince William to their grandfather Prince Philip may suggest they are back talking after their alleged feud, a royal author has suggested.
William called the Duke of Edinburgh “an extraordinary man” who he “will miss” on Monday (April 12), following the 99-year-old’s death at Windsor Castle last week.
Just 30 minutes later, Harry also penned a touching tribute to the “legend of banter” Philip.
The two statements came despite several years of reports that the brothers have had a falling out. The Duke of Sussex himself labelled his relationship with William as “space” in his explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey in March.
But royal reporter Victoria Murphy, who has also recently written new book The Queen: A Life in Pictures, suggests the brothers’ two statements were “coordinated” and suggested they had been speaking.
“It’s been quite interesting that we’ve seen, since the announcement of Philip’s death, a very coordinated response from Buckingham Palace and from the Sussexes,” she said on podcast Royally Obsessed.
“In a lot of other things, they’ve been very separate and the disagreements have been very clear. You’d have a statement form the Sussexes and a reactionary statement from Buckingham Palace.
“But this is a very different situation. We had that statement put out by the Queen announcing the death and then the Sussexes had made it very clear that they weren’t going to be saying anything else.
“And then when Harry and William released their statements we were aware that they were coming and there was a coordinated effort to release those two statements.
“It wasn’t like William decided to release them and then Harry did so afterwards – there was communication over that.
“We’re seeing a lot of communication and cooperation over the funeral service and over honouring Philip’s memory.”
Victoria suggested there was “reason to be hopeful” that things could move forward because “grief does unite people”.
But she said it would be “naive” to think that the well-publicized disagreements can just “suddenly be resolved”.
“I think that’s naive, there’s a lot that the family will want to discuss and work through and now is not the time to do that because they’ll want to focus on Philip,” she added.
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