Hopes Prince Philip's death will bring Royal Family, Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, back together - broadcaster Dan Wootton

Royal experts are hoping Prince Philip's death will be the catalyst for mending the Royal Family's fraught relationships.

The Duke of Edinburgh died at the age of 99 on Friday morning (local time) at Windsor Castle, with the Royal Family confirming the news in a statement: "His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle." 

MailOnline columnist Dan Wootton, a New Zealander based in the UK, said while tensions between Prince William and Prince Harry are at an "all-time high" after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex conducted their tell-all interview with Oprah, he hopes the family will come together in grief.

"What I would hope is like any family in grief, and in crisis, you come together and you maybe think about the important things and what matters," he told Newshub. 

"What matters right now is that Prince Charles, Prince William, and Prince Harry have to put on a united front for the Queen, it's not about them, it's not about this row or whatever, who made the comment, what Meghan said to who, this is about the Queen. She's lost her rock." 

Wootton said the death will hopefully "build some bridges" as Prince Harry is likely to travel to London for his grandfather's funeral, adding the "awkward thing" is Meghan will most likely not attend.

"It's very unlikely Meghan will be able to travel to London for the funeral, and that is understandable given that she is pregnant," he said.  

Royal Editor at Harper's Bazaar Omid Scobie confirmed to Newshub a source close to Prince Harry at the time of Prince Philip's hospital admissions said he would "do everything he could'' to ensure he was in the UK for the funeral. Prince Harry is currently located in the United States.

"I would imagine that nothing has changed since then," Scobie said. 

"I'm sure there are many conversations between the Sussex's team and Palace officials to really make sure this works because we have quarantines to think about and the days are now ticking down to the funeral itself."

Sources told the Mirror Prince Harry has already spoken to Prince Charles and other members of the Royal Family to make plans to travel to London. It will be the first time he has seen his family since the explosive interview he and Meghan had with Oprah. 

Meghan will not be joining him on the trip as she is pregnant. 

Scobie said the Queen and Prince Philip have been embracing video calling over the past year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Sussex's will no doubt be contacting the Queen this way as well. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have also paid tribute to Prince Philip by changing the homepage of their Archewell website to read: "In loving memory of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. 1921-2021. Thank you for your service. You will be greatly missed." 

Wootton said Prince Philip's presence as someone who holds the Royal Family together has been missed after he stepped down from Royal duties in 2017. 

"People really felt his presence missing over the past couple of years. The Royal Family has not had an easy time as we know, the Prince Andrew scandal and how that's been dealt with, Megxit and how that's been dealt with."

He said the Duke of Edinburgh wore the pants in regards to running the family.  

"The view from behind the scenes within the Royal Family is that if Prince Philip had still been in his working role… is that perhaps some of these PR disasters could have been avoided." 

Royal onlookers hoping in death Prince Philip will continue to be the vital link bringing the family together. 

You can read Dan Wootton's full farewell to Prince Philip at the MailOnline here