William, Kate, Harry and Meghan unite at Windsor Castle
London, Sep 10 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – Sep 11, 2022): Warrior brothers Prince William and Prince Harry and their wives Kate and Meghan gathered on Saturday to view floral tributes to Queen Elizabeth II at the Windsor Castle.
The two couples, all dressed in mourning black, stood together as they gazed at the flowerbeds left behind since the Queen’s death on Thursday at the age of 96.
It was William and Kate’s first outing as the new Prince and Princess of Wales, a title once held by William and Harry’s father and mother – the new King Charles III and his first wife, Princess Diana.
The sight of the two couples together — even though they parted ways to talk and shake hands on different sides of the cheering crowd — will likely spark reconciliation rumors.
An unnamed royal source was quoted by British media as saying William “invited the Duke and Duchess (of Sussex – Harry and Meghan) to join him and the Princess of Wales earlier.”
Charles also offered what was interpreted as a clear olive branch to Harry and Meghan, who left royal life in early 2020 and moved to the United States.
In his first speech as king on Friday, Charles, 73, spoke of his love for his middle son and daughter-in-law.
William, Harry, Kate and Meghan were once dubbed ‘the Fabulous Four’, in hopes that together they could ensure the monarchy’s appeal to younger generations.
But relations between them reportedly soured soon after former British Army captain Harry married Meghan, a mixed-race American TV actress, in Windsor in 2018.
Harry, 37, the following year publicly admitted that he and his brother were “on different paths” in the clearest indication that the rumors were true.
– Extended stay – The two couples were last seen together at the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey in 2020, just days before Harry and Meghan’s bombshell announcement.
From their sprawling California mansion, they have made repeated public criticism of life behind palace walls, including allegations of racism.
It prompted William, 40, to angrily insist that ‘we’re really not a racist family’.
Harry also claimed that William, who is now heir to the throne after the death of their grandmother, and their father were trapped by convention and duty.
Relations between the brothers were visibly frosty when they came together last year to unveil a statue to their mother at her former London home, Kensington Palace, on what would have been her 60th birthday.
Diana was killed in a high-speed car accident in Paris in August 1997.
The brothers, who as young boys provided the enduring image of her funeral with her head bowed behind her coffin, did not meet at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June.
Harry and Meghan are staying at Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor Estate, a stone’s throw from William and Kate’s new home, Adelaide Cottage.
British media said that despite their closeness, the couples had no plans to meet – until the Queen died on Thursday.
Harry and Meghan were initially on the whistle tour, attending two charity events in Britain and another in Germany for the former Invictus Games for disabled veterans.
But they are now expected to remain for the Queen’s funeral at Westminster Abbey in London on September 19.