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Why Prince Harry’s place behind Charles at the Queen’s funeral was an honor

Place for reconciliation. Seating plan at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral was no snub to Prince Harry of King Charles IIIroyal historian Gareth Russell tells exclusively We Weekly.

“It’s the label. If you know what the etiquette is, it’s actually a place of honor,” Russell shared on Tuesday, September 20, of Harry, 38, sitting behind his 73-year-old father. “Being the one behind the king is actually a sign of favoring. What they seem to have done with that tag isn’t a priority though. [Prince William] or Harry.


According to the royal expert, the decision was for Charles to pay tribute to his sister, Princess Anne.

“The King’s main concern has been to give his sister a place of honor and to relax the older roles,” Russell continued. “So we saw for the first time a female member of the royal family parade behind the coffin. What we were seeing was really a time for the Queen’s children rather than necessarily a focus on the grandchildren.

For the king, the priority was to honor his link with Anne, 72 years old. “Giving Princess Anne her rightful place in the 21st century in the monarchy [shows that] she is truly her brother’s confidante. She is hugely admired in Britain for her charity work, and we have seen that she is someone who is dealing with great grief at the death of her mother,” he shared with Us. “But I don’t think there was necessarily a priority for William and Harry.”

Russell’s insight comes after the Royal Family gathered to honor the late monarch on Monday, September 19. After seven decades on the British throne, Elizabeth died aged 96 in Scotland.

Charles was joined by his siblings Anne, Prince Edward and Prince Andrew pay homage. Harry and his wife, Meghan Marklealso appeared at the memorial service with William, 40, and Princess Kate.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s relationship with the Royal Family already took a turn when they announced their decision to step back as senior members in January 2020. The couple, who share son Archie, 3 , and her 15-month-old daughter Lilibet made her exit. permanent in February of the following year.

Harry then reflected on his strained relationship with his father, saying in a tell-all interview in March 2021: “I feel really disappointed because he’s been through something similar, he knows what the pain feels like…Archie is his grand-son. I will always love him. A lot of bad happened. I will continue to make this one of my priorities to heal this relationship.

At the time, a source exclusively told We that Charles did not react positively to his son’s comments. “Charles is not okay with Harry trashing his whole family in public,” the insider revealed. “Charles thinks these matters could easily have been addressed in private.”

Amid Harry and Meghan’s arrival in the UK, Charles surprised the public when he wished the couple would ‘continue to build their lives overseas’ in California during their first speech as king .

Charles’ bond with his youngest son made headlines again recently when Harry and Meghan were apparently disinvited from a reception with world leaders on Sunday, September 18.

“A Palace spokesman reiterated this morning that Sunday’s State Reception is ‘for serving Royals only’. No further comment or indication as to why the Sussexes were invited (and now apparently uninvited)”, royal journalist Omid Scobie tweeted after Harry and Meghan weren’t at Charles’ event.

With reporting by Christina Garibaldi