Brothers William and Harry arrived together with their wives and spent about 40 minutes talking to people outside the castle. Prior to this moment their relationship had become estranged after Prince Harry moved to the US with wife Meghan.
When the Sussexes came to the UK for a charity tour last week, there were no plans for them to visit William and Kate, according to sources quoted in the Daily Mail – despite them living just a five minute drive away. Referring to the relationship between the two Princes, the well-placed source claimed: “Trust, particularly at the moment, is a big issue”.
Another added: “The family have everything to lose and nothing to gain. William is deeply hurt and believes his brother has crossed a line.”
However, the death of their grandmother appears to have brought the brothers together in grief – particularly due to it occurring in Balmoral, where they were staying when they learned of the death of their mother Princess Diana in 1997.
When they learned of the death of their mother Princess Diana, the Queen chose to stay with them in Balmoral rather than return to London, a decision which attracted some criticism.
In a 2017 interview, Princess Anne addressed the controversy, stating: “I think my mother did exactly the right thing. I think it’s absolutely extraordinary that any right-minded parent should believe… [there] would have been an alternative to bring those children down here to London in all that hoo-ha.
“I just don’t know how you can think that would’ve been a better thing to do.”
Asked if it was a case of the Queen putting her grandchildren first, the Princess Royal replied: “Absolutely. I don’t think either of those two would’ve been able to cope had they been anywhere else. That was the only good thing that happened was that they were there, and they had that structure, they had people around them who could understand, give them the time.”
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Paying a loving tribute to Her Majesty after her death, Prince William appeared to reference the support she had given he and Harry after the tragedy.
He said: “She was by my side at my happiest moments. And she was by my side during the saddest days of my life. I knew this day would come, but it will be some time before the reality of life without Grannie will truly feel real.”
William continued: “My grandmother famously said that grief was the price we pay for love. All of the sadness we will feel in the coming weeks will be testament to the love we felt for our extraordinary Queen. I will honour her memory by supporting my father, The King, in every way I can.”