Susanna Reid says it’s sad Harry and William didn’t meet after Philip’s funeral

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Susanna Reid declared it was "sad" Prince Harry and William didn't arrange to meet following the funeral of their grandfather, Prince Philip.

The Duke of Edinburgh died "peacefully" on April 9 at Windsor Castle, and his funeral was held later that month.

Though Harry and William were both in attendance on the day, the brothers reportedly didn't reunite following the funeral.

Appearing on Good Morning Britain, author Robert Lacey discussed his new book, Battle of Brothers: William and Harry – The Inside Story of a Family in Tumult.

Lacey claimed the brothers decided against holding a meeting with their father in the hours after the funeral – something Susanna found hard to hear.

"That in itself is incredibly sad," she said.

"Because, as you say, these very emotional family occasions, the death of a patriarch, should have, we all hoped, meant a moment of healing, a moment of reconciliation."

She went on: "We know how important that is to Harry in his journey. How important healing is. But also obviously to the wider family.

"But what you are suggesting is that the reason that meeting didn't go ahead was because of a deep mistrust that William has, and perhaps Charles has as well, about whether the details of that would be reported."

Prince Philip's funeral took place on April 17 in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, with attendees adhering to social distancing restrictions.

In an updated version of his 2020 book Battle of the Brothers, Lacey alleged the brothers, whose mother Princess Diana would have turned 60 this year, originally planned on meeting up.

However, Lacey claimed the talk never happened and they instead went back to their separate homes.

He wrote: “They told friends that they could see no point in talking to Harry since any discussion of substance would go straight back to Meghan to be leaked out via Oprah [Winfrey] or some other tentacle of the Sussex network.”

Good Morning Britain airs on weekdays at 6am on ITV.

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