Page Six reports that the late Duke of Edinburgh arranged for a photographer to hide inside a fake church pillar to get up-close shots of his funeral.
Photographer Arthur Edwards, who has covered the royal family for over 40 years, said that the unique vantage point allowed him to capture the “the family’s pain up close” during Prince Philip‘s funeral on Saturday (April 17).
Find out what the photographer saw…
Arthur detailed his experience for The Sun, writing, “The Duke, who planned every moment of [his] moving funeral service, had arranged for me as a photographer to hide inside a fake pillar at the top of the stairs leading to St George’s Chapel.”
“With a letter box-shaped slit, it was just like the bird-watching hides where Prince Philip spent hours during his retirement at Sandringham, his Norfolk estate,” he said.
“From the most unusual vantage point of my 44 years of photographing the royals, I was close enough to see Prince Charles — the man I have known for more than half his life — look broken,” he added. “Close to tears, I could see he realized the weight of the task ahead to look after his mother and the monarchy.”
He also said that from his position he was able to watch Prince Harry and Prince William as they walked in the procession. Arthur revealed that from his perspective, the brothers “never glanced at each other” when they entered the chapel.
Arthur was relieved to see that the pair were spotted talking to each other after the service and wrote of Prince Philip, “It was a sign I had been praying for that this unique royal would show there is hope of a reconciliation in the House of Windsor.”
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Click through the gallery to see photos of Arthur at the funeral…