Harry and William’s cousin acting as ‘peacemaker,’ could help heal rift

Prince William and Prince Harry’s bitterness can be fixed with the help of a cousin.

A source told The Telegraph that Peter Phillips – who is Princess Anne’s son and eldest grandson of the late Queen Elizabeth II – reportedly “acted as a peacemaker” for his royal cousins.

And according to the outlet, it’s “a role he could fulfill again”.

“Peter is used to acting as a buffer,” the insider said. “He can play that role again to pull them together.”

Phillips, 44, had previously acted as a physical buffer when he walked between two different brothers during a funeral procession for his late grandfather, Prince Philip.

The businessman reportedly has a close relationship with both William, 40, and Harry, 37. He shares two daughters, Savannah, 11, and Isla, 10, with his ex-wife, Autumn Kelly, and is currently 17th in line to the throne. ,

Peter Phillips, Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry attend 'The Patron Lunch' to mark the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II at The Mall on June 12, 2016 in London, England.
Peter Phillips is said to share a close relationship with both William and Harry.
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Harry and William have famously been feuding for many years. The frosty relationship was exacerbated by Harry and Meghan Markle’s explosive sit-down with Oprah Winfrey in 2021, where the Duke of Sussex claimed his father, King Charles III and William, were “stuck” in the royal family.

The estrangement seems to have melted – at least temporarily – as the two brothers, along with their wives, Kate Middleton and Markle, ventured out together to look at the sea of ​​wreaths laid outside Windsor Castle on Saturday.

Peter Phillips.
Phillips is the son of Princess Anne and is 17th in line to the throne.
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The outing marked the first time the two couples, who were initially dubbed “The Fab Four” by the press, have appeared together in public since the Commonwealth Day service on March 9, 2020.

“We are all very grateful – both sides put everything aside for the Queen,” a royal source told Page Six exclusively of the royal walkout.

Anne, Princess Royal, Peter Phillips and Zara Phillips look at flowers left by mourners outside Balmoral Castle on September 10, 2022 in Aberdeen, Scotland.
Phillips was joined by his mother and sister, Zara Tindall, outside Balmoral Castle to watch the tribute left for the Queen.

Phillips appeared outside Balmoral Castle earlier in the day, accompanied by her mother and her husband, Vice Admiral Timothy Lawrence, and her sister, Zara Tindall. He, along with other family members including Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, saw wreaths and cards in honor of Queen Elizabeth II.

The Palace announced on Saturday that the Queen’s funeral would take place on Monday, 19 September. He died on Thursday at the age of 96.

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