- Prince Harry and Meghan Markle joined Prince William and Kate Middleton for a walk on Saturday.
- Couples stepped out in all black to see tributes to Queen Elizabeth II, who died on Thursday.
- A source told Entertainment Tonight that William asked Harry and Meghan to join their walk.
Prince William and Kate Middleton were joined by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on a walk around Windsor Castle on Saturday to see tributes to Queen Elizabeth II.
The The queen died at the age of 96 on Thursday at his Scottish home of Balmoral, ending his long reign. William, Kate, Harry and Meghan stepped out to see floral tributes to the late monarch and greet onlookers in all-black outfits.
Sources told people that security did not expect the four royals to walk around the property, adding that William thought the walk would be an important show of unity. Entertainment Tonight reports that William contacted Harry an hour before their walk and asked if he and Meghan would like to join them.
The two couples are currently staying at Windsor Castle, writes ET. It is the first time the couples have been seen publicly together since the Queen’s death earlier this week.
Representatives for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Prince and Princess of Wales did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
Earlier today, William issued its first statement when her grandmother died on her joint Instagram account with Kate. The royal wrote that he feels “incredibly grateful”, even as he mourns his “grandmother”.
“I knew this day would come, but it will be a while before the reality of life without a grandma really feels real,” William wrote. “I thank her for the kindness she showed to my family and to me. And I thank her on behalf of my generation for providing an example of service and dignity in public life that was from another age , but still relevant to all of us.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex also paid tribute in writing “In Loving Memory of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II” in a brief statement on their official Archwell organization.
The relationship between the Prince and Princess of Wales and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex has been widely reported on since Meghan married into the royal family in 2018. After Harry and Meghan ‘stepping back’ from royal life in January 2020 and an explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey the following year, Insider’s Mikhaila Friel wrote that the couple’s relationship with Harry’s royal parents still seemed strained.
At Prince Philip’s funeral in April 2021, the brothers were photographed chatting together for the first time since the interview.