King Charles’ ‘warring’ sons unite in Windsor after death of Queen
At one time known as the Royal Family’s ‘Fab Four’, much has been made of the divisions between the two couples, who put on a joint display of unity on Saturday.
William, Harry, Kate and Meghan put aside long-simmering claims of a royal rift on Saturday as they emerged from Windsor Castle in a joint display of unity following the death of the Queen.
The new Prince and Princess of Wales, Prince William and his wife Catherine, were seen with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for the first time in more than two years as they looked at the sea of flowers left by well-wishers outside the Castle.
At one time known as the Royal Family’s ‘Fab Four’, much has been made of the divisions between the two couples, with brothers William and Harry alluding to being on “different paths” – while the allegedly frosty relationship between Meghan and Catherine has fuelled years of tabloid headlines.
A royal source said that Prince William, who had been set to greet well-wishers with the Princess of Wales, asked his brother and his wife to join them at the eleventh hour, and the offer was accepted.
They could be seen engaging in pleasantries, however, after emerging from a car as a unit of four, before inspecting flowers and greeting some of the hundreds of well-wishers assembled outside.
The couples, dressed all in black, spent more than half an hour greeting those who had come to the castle to pay their respects.
Kate crouched down at one moment and began speaking to a child who had started to cry, while Meghan was also seen shaking the hands of several children and hugging well-wishers.
After a long period of speaking with well-wishers, both couples left in the same car, driven by Prince William.
The gesture follows King Charles III and the Queen Consort, Camilla, who made a similar visit to well-wishers outside the gates of Buckingham Palace on Friday.
The display of unity is worlds away from relations between the couples last year, when Prince Harry told Oprah Winfrey in an interview that his brother is “trapped” in the monarchy.
He had claimed: “My father and my brother – they are trapped. They don’t get to leave and I have huge compassion for that.”
Royal sources close to William had rejected the claim, adding: “He is very much his grandmother’s grandson in that respect of duty and service.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expected to remain in the UK until the Queen’s funeral, on 19 September.
As grandchildren of the serving monarch, Archie and Lilibet are now eligible to use the title HRH and to be known as Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet.
However, an updated line of succession published on Saturday referred to them as “Master Archie Mountbatten-Windsor” and “Miss Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor” – in a possible sign that they may not use the titles, possibly at the behest of their parents.
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