Kate, Princess of Wales, and Prince William could display a gesture of reconciliation towards the Duke and Duchess of Sussex as Prince Harry turns 38 years old. The Duke of Sussex is marking the day just after he was visibly overcome with emotion at Westminster on Wednesday.
The Duke of Sussex joined his father and brother in following the Queen’s coffin from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall.
King Charles led his siblings in the solemn procession as Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward walked ahead of Princes William and Harry.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, 41, then stood behind the Prince and Princess of Wales during the brief service conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Dean of Westminster.
But former BBC royal correspondent Jennie Bond has suggested that Prince Harry’s brother and sister-in-law could be the ones to offer comfort on a difficult day for the Duke.
She described how “you have to feel for Harry” on what “will be just a very quiet day”.
Ms Bond called the Duke of Sussex’s 38th birthday “an incredibly sad birthday for Harry” in the wake of the Queen’s death, which has seen him publicly appear with his brother, the heir to the throne.
She told OK! Magazine: “Maybe it will give pause for thought and William and Kate might pop round with a pizza or something!”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex surprised crowds gathered at Windsor Castle when they emerged from the same vehicle as the Prince and Princess of Wales on Saturday.
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Meghan and Harry completed the 40-minute walkabout as both sets of royals chatted with gathered crowds.
The Duke and Duchess’s unofficial biographer, journalist Omid Scobie, said the invitation had been extended by Prince William.
He tweeted that a Palace spokesperson had said: “The Prince of Wales invited the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to join him and the Princess of Wales earlier.”
Ms Bond also suggested this particular birthday will hold additional sadness for Prince Harry, as it has come shortly after the 25th anniversary of the death of Princess Diana.
Prince William and Prince Harry’s mother was killed in a car crash in Paris in August 1997.
Prince William was 15 years old at the time, and Prince Harry just 12.
Ms Bond argued: “It’s going to be another incredibly sad birthday for Harry, which will surely recall memories of 25 years ago when he turned 13 a couple of weeks after his mother died.”