Palace reveals why Harry was in second row and didnt sit next to William for Queen’s funeral

The Palace has clarified the seating arrangement at the Queen's state funeral on Monday, after Prince Harry and his wife Meghan were seated behind King Charles and Camilla.

Members of the royal family came together to say their final goodbyes to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth at Westminster Abbey on Monday with the Queen's children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in attendance.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were seated behind King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla at the funeral, with some wondering why his brother William was on the other side.

Prince William, his wife the Princess of Wales and children Prince George and Princess Charlotte, were seated in the front row on the opposite side of the room to other members of the family.

Buckingham Palace sources told The Times that the Queen's grandchildren were put in approximate age order meaning Harry and Meghan were behind King Charles.

In addition, the seating plan is said to have been designed in order to make sure families can be seated together.

In the official layout Harry and Meghan were seen next to Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, while the King and Camilla sat alongside Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and their spouses.

The Queen’s funeral service at Westminster Abbey on Monday was watched by more than 26 million viewers in the UK, one of the country’s biggest ever TV audiences, provisional figures show.

The service was broadcast simultaneously on a range of channels between 11am and just after midday, including BBC One and Two, ITV and Sky News.

An average of 26.2 million people watched across all channels, according to overnight ratings released by the research organisation Barb.

The figure is not quite as high as the official ratings for the funeral service of Diana, Princess of Wales in September 1997.

This was seen by an average of 32.1 million viewers, including 19.3 million on BBC One and 11.7 million on ITV, and remains the highest audience for a television broadcast since comparable figures began in August 1981.

It is also lower than the combined audience of 28.2 million people who watched the televised address by former prime minister Boris Johnson in March 2020, during which he announced the first Covid-19 lockdown.

But it is large enough to rank as one of the biggest TV audiences of modern times.

The ratings are higher than those for the opening and closing ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympic Games, which had 24.2 million and 24.5 million viewers respectively on BBC One, and the final of the Euro 2020 football championship in July 2021, which attracted a combined total of 22.5 million on BBC One and ITV.

The figure of 26.2 million is a provisional measure of the television audience and does not include those who watched the funeral service on other devices.

Official ratings for the funeral will be published by Barb next week and will include data for people who viewed the service on tablets, PCs and smartphones.


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