Princes William and Harry, along with Catherine and Meghan, greet mourners

Princes William and Harry – along with their wives – made a rare joint appearance on Saturday, waving to well-wishers gathered outside Windsor Castle, near London, to mourn Queen Elizabeth II.

The brothers have reportedly been separated since Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, went on their high-profile separated from royal life and moved to North America. Harry and William were last pictured together after the Death of Prince Philip in April 2021, and the two couples have not been seen together in public for several years.

When the Sussexes lived in Britain, Meghan had a bitter relationship with much of Britain’s tabloid press that persists today. They accused the tabloids of having incited racism against the Duchess; they also alleged that there was institutional racism within the monarchy and that Buckingham Palace had failed to protect Meghan. In recent days, as the spotlight has once again intensified on the two couples, Meghan has also been the target of abuse on social media.

Additionally, Harry’s arrival at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, alone, before his grandmother’s death on Thursday had become a topic of discussion. British media reported that King Charles III told Harry it was not appropriate for Meghan to travel with him to Balmoral before the Queen died, as they had apparently planned.

But Saturday’s public appearance was the latest sign the Royal Family could mend ties as they come together to mourn the death of their family matriarch. In his first televised address since Buckingham Palace on Friday, Charles expressed his love for Harry and Meghan “as they continue to build their lives overseas”.

On Sunday, many of the main The front pages of British newspapers featured photos of the couples walking together, with titles focused on their reunion.

Harry is fifth in line to the throne, despite a controversial decision to step back from royal duties and move to the United States with Megane and their two children, Archie and Lilibet.

After the death of the Queen and the accession of Charles as monarch, the two Sussex children are right to securities “Prince and princess.” This right stems from protocols dating from King George V in 1917, which stipulate that the sovereign’s children and grandchildren automatically receive royal titles. (The official palace succession list always call them Master Archie and Miss Lilibet.)

Among the many jaw-dropping claims the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have made in an interview with Oprah Winfrey last year was the allegation that Buckingham Palace planned to deny Archie the title of prince – a move Meghan called hurtful and suggested was motivated by institutional racism within the monarchy.

In other interviewHarry said he considered the term ‘Megxit’ – which was coined after he and his wife announced in January 2020 they would step back from their roles as senior members of the royal family and divide their time between Britain and North America – “misogynists”.

The prince and his wife have frequently highlighted the toll online hate and misinformation can have on emotional health and mental well-being.

A spokesperson for William said he had invited his brother and sister-in-law to join him and Catherine in meeting the mourners and reviewing the tributes at Windsor.

The couples spent just over 30 minutes chatting with members of the public before setting off in a car driven by William, who became Prince of Wales after his father’s accession to the throne.

“The Welsh had always planned to greet well-wishers at Windsor Castle, but royal sources say the decision to invite the Sussexes was made at the eleventh hour,” said royal observer Omid Scobie. wrote on Twitter. “It is, without a doubt, a significant moment in the history of the relationship between the two brothers.”

The line of succession of Queen Elizabeth II, visualized

Royal watcher Camilla Tominey said by reaching out to Harry to join him on Saturday and ‘put the fracture aside’, William – next in line to the throne – showed he was living by example of his grandmother.

She described it as “one of the most remarkable walkabouts in modern royal history” and an episode that would make the late Queen proud.

“Queen Elizabeth II has said it’s ‘often the small steps, not the giant leaps, that bring about the most lasting change,’ Tominey wrote in the British newspaper Telegraph.

Pannett reported from Sydney. Jennifer Hassan in London contributed to this report.

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