Philip’s funeral ‘may heal Harry and Royal Family’s broken relationships’

The funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh may help heal the rift between Prince Harry and the Royal Family, according to one of the country's top religious leaders.

Leader of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, believes the sad occasion could spur reconciliation between the supposed warring factions of The Firm.

Since 2018, there have been constant reports that Harry and brother Prince William have had a falling out and the former admitted he is having "space" from his sibling during the recent Oprah Winfrey interview.

Speaking to Jenny Kleeman and Luke Jones of Times Radio, Cardinal Nichols said that funerals have a knack for putting feuds into perspective.

He said: "Many a family gather and get over tension and broken relationships at the time of a funeral.

"Something very profound unites them all again. And that would be true of this family, I'm sure."

And he added that the coronavirus restrictions mean that the funeral will be a smaller event than it might have been and that may make a difference.

He said: "I think there might be a bit of consolation in it for the Royal Family actually because it just gives them a chance to be close and to have a comparative bit of privacy.

"Obviously the whole ceremony will be watched by everybody but you think of the complexities of the dynamics in that family and we have to think of Harry, so far away.

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"I'm sure he'll come but not being, the whole time, in the public eye might just help."

Harry is said to be “united in grief” with his family who he is thought to be attempting to join as a matter of urgency, the Mirror reports.

At the start of March, he and wife Meghan Markle, 39, shocked the world when they were interviewed by Oprah Winfrey about their feelings towards the royal institution and revealed one family member had questioned the colour of their unborn son's skin tone.

The Duke of Sussex, 36, is understood to be making immediate plans to fly back to Britain which will be his first return since starting a new life stateside a year ago.

Meghan Markle is not expected to join her husband on the flight due to being heavily pregnant with their second baby, a girl.

But it's unlikely that he will be forced to isolate in an airport hotel when he lands in Britain, with reports claiming that he will be able to avoid 10 days of quarantine by using "diplomatic immunity".

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According to the Government's Covid travel rules, anyone arriving in England from abroad must immediately quarantine for 10 days but the Daily Mail suggests Harry can use diplomatic exemption to dodge isolating.

To get around the rules set for all other travellers, Harry is understood to require a Covid test before boarding a plane in the US and another one upon arrival in Britain.

He is likely to fly from his California home via private jet to attend his grandfather's ceremonial funeral which is slated to take place in Windsor next Saturday.

Buckingham Palace is yet to release information on the event but it will feature a guest list of just 30, as per Government rules.

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