Kate Middleton's simple gesture that 'got Harry and William talking again' at Prince Philip's funeral

Prince Harry and Prince William's relationship was under close scrutiny at the funeral of their grandfather Prince Philip over the weekend, with Kate Middleton reportedly facilitating a moment of brotherly connection amid a frosty rift. 

Despite being separated by their cousin Peter Philips during the funeral procession - an order reportedly given by the Queen to deal with the sibling's public falling-out - William and Harry did reunite briefly after the ceremony. 

The pair were filmed walking side by side as they left St George's Chapel, a moment that was reportedly facilitated by Kate's stepping back to leave the brothers to talk. 

According to the Daily Mail, the Duchess of Cambridge acted as a "peacemaker" to help William and Harry's long-awaited reconciliation, which has been over a year in the making. 

Kate spoke with Harry first, before being joined by William. The three walked together for a moment but then Kate stepped away to speak with other royals, leaving the brothers alone together. 

Things had been decidedly less cordial during the funeral service, where Harry and William reportedly did not interact despite sitting directly opposite one another. 

The last time the brothers were seen together in public was during the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in March, 2020. It was Harry and Meghan's final appearance before stepping back as royals, and the tension was palpable. 

During his bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, Harry said he and his brother were taking "space" and he was hopeful that time would "heal" their relationship. 

When asked about the television special by the press in the days after it aired, William said she hadn't spoken to his brother yet but that he was planning to, and rebuffed claims of racism within the Royal Family.