Royal aides have revealed that they are "walking on eggshells" around Prince Harry and Prince William in the run-up to Prince Philip's funeral.

They claim tensions between the royal brothers has taken up "much thought and energy" ahead of The Duke of Edinburgh's service, which takes place at 3pm today at Windsor Castle.

Sources say that making plans around the event has been a "minefield", with "everyone walking on eggshells so as not to exacerbate the situation", the Daily Mail reports.

However, the brothers have stressed they want to put aside their differences and focus on mourning their grandfather.

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An insider commented: "Both William and Harry have made clear that they wish to focus on mourning their grandfather and do not want anything to get in the way of that".

"But it has made everyone doubly nervous about saying anything that could be remotely construed of being critical of the other side. It’s been a minefield."

It has emerged that the princes would not stand shoulder to shoulder behind their grandfather’s coffin.

Instead, they will be either side of their cousin, Peter Philips, who is Princess Anne's son.

However, palace insiders stressed that the arrangement should not be taken as a sign that the brothers refused to walk alongside each other.

A spokesperson for Buckingham Palace said: "This is a funeral. We will not be drawn into those perceptions of drama.

"The arrangements have been agreed and they reflect Her Majesty’s wishes".

This comes after Harry and Meghan's explosive, tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey was broadcast on CBS.

In the sit-down interview, the The Duke and Duchess accused a senior royal of making racist comments, as well as failing to support Meghan's cries for help when she was struggling with her mental health.

Prince William responded by insisting that the Royal Family are "very much not a racist family".

The funeral will feature hymns personally chosen by The Duke, such as "Eternal Father Strong to Save,", written in 1860, which has close links with the Navy and maritime life.

The service will be led by The Right Reverend David Conner, Dean of Windsor, who will speak of Prince Philip's "unwavering loyalty" to the Queen and "his kindness, humour and humanity".

Also in the order is a psalm requested by Philip alongside music by William Lovelady, which was first sung to mark his 75th birthday.

It will be a time for Her Majesty The Queen, her royal family, and the nation to pay tributes and reflect upon the extraordinary life of Prince Philip.

The Duke of Edinburgh's funeral will take place at St George's Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle at 3pm today.

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