The Prince and Princess of Wales and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex seemed relaxed together as they reunited at Windsor Castle on Saturday. The royal couples, dubbed the fab four, were last seen together in public on Commonwealth Day in 2020, two months after Harry and Meghan announced their plans to step back as senior royals. But the Daily Mail’s Richard Eden has claimed William’s olive branch was a “mistake”.
Speaking to Palace Confidential on Mailplus, Mr Eden said: “I think William’s gesture was very kind but I fear it was a mistake because when they’ve made these kind gestures before towards Harry and Meghan, they’ve been thrown back in their face.
“Look at how the Duchess of Cambridge as she then was went round after there’d been a row over these flower girls with Meghan.
“She took some flowers and then that was held against her, it was publicly used against her in the Oprah interview.
“It backfires. We’ve seen the Queen and King Charles in his address sort of downgrading Harry and Meghan, they’re just people overseas but what we saw with William’s gesture has elevated them.
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“It’s made them central again now next to William and Kate and it’s wonderful for them but I do fear it’s a mistake.”
Despite reports of a rift between the two brothers, both William and Harry remained cordial to each other, regularly interacting with each other.
A royal source said the Prince of Wales asked his brother and his wife to join them during the walkabout on Saturday, where they read tributes and met dozens of members of the public.
Arriving and leaving together in the same Audi car, William and Kate and Harry and Meghan remained in their married pairs during the visit, but the four spoke regularly to each other when reading the tributes.
The atmosphere was upbeat throughout, with the crowd regularly chanting William and Harry’s names to try and get them to come over and speak to them.
The Prince of Wales was seen having candid conversations with some people and laughing and joking with others.
Each royal received bunches of flowers and gifts from the public, with William at one point receiving a toy Paddington Bear, a nod to the Queen’s sketch with the children’s character earlier this year.
The Duchess of Sussex was meanwhile seen being given a close hug by a teenager in the crowd.