Prince Philip funeral: Prince Harry, Andrew have awkward reunion – Insider

Posted: April 19, 2021 at 7:14 am

Prince Harry reunited with his uncle, Prince Andrew, for the first time since speaking about his alleged sex offenses in March 2020.

Both Harry and Andrew walked behind Prince Philip's coffin ahead of his funeral service at St George's Chapel on Saturday.

The Duke of Sussex tried to distance himself from Andrew in secretly-recorded phone conversations with pranksters Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexey Stolyarov, who he believed to be Greta Thunberg and her father during the calls.

The pair got Harry to open up about the royal family by impersonating the environmentalactivists.

When asked about the Duke of York, Harry said: "I have very little to say on that. But whatever he has done or hasn't done, is completely separate from me and my wife."

"We operate in a way of inclusivity and we are focusing on community. And so we are completely separate from the majority of my family," he added.

The original recording of the phone call was released alongside an animation of Harry on the YouTube channelVovan222prank, but was later deleted.

Recordings of two separate calls between Harry and the duo were obtained by The Sunand theDaily Mail at the time.

Andrew stepped back from royal duties in November 2019 after receiving major backlash for his BBC Newsnight interview, where he spoke about his relationship with the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

The royal was accused of taking part in Epstein's sex trafficking scheme during the early 2000s.

Virginia Roberts, who accused Epstein of recruiting her as his sex slave back in 2001, said he forced her to have sex with the prince at his New York mansion as well as in London and on his private island in the Virgin Islands.

"I implore the people in the UK to stand up beside me, to help me fight this fight, to not accept this as being OK," Roberts said during an appearance on BBC Panorama in December 2019.

"This is not some sordid sex story," she said. "This is a story of being trafficked. This is a story of abuse, and this is a story of your guys' royalty."

A palace spokesperson told Insider in 2019: "It is emphatically denied that The Duke of York had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Virginia Roberts. Any claim to the contrary is false and without foundation."

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