The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Prince and Princess of Wales put their difference aside to greet well-wishers paying tribute to the Queen following her death on Thursday. The ‘Fab Four’ reunited to thank mourners in their first appearance together in more than two years. Meghan and Harry famously stepped down as senior royals in March 2020 and have publicly called out ‘the firm’ on a number of occasions since their departure.
So not everyone was pleased to see the Duchess of Sussex.
The Duchess made her way along the crowds who lined the driveway, which was also the setting for her wedding to Prince Harry in 2018.
One woman was seen dropping her head to avoid Meghan’s eyeline.
She then looked up at the person next to her, smirking, shaking her head, and laughing.
Several others appeared to avoid Meghan, not reaching out their hands for greeting.
A video of the moment was shared on social media with the caption: “Lady in the blue having none of it.”
But others were overjoyed to see the Duchess back in the UK, with others asking to hug the Duchess and offering her flowers in memory of Her Majesty.
Crowds were pleased to see the four reunited as they broke out into applause as they approached.
The Prince of Wales and the Duke of Sussex, who is living in California with Meghan have been at the centre of a well-documented rift amid the Megxit fallout.
A royal source said: “The Prince of Wales thought it was an important show of unity at an incredibly difficult time for the family.”
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Finding Freedom co-author Omid Scobie said: “The Waleses had always been scheduled to greet well-wishers at Windsor Castle, but royal sources say the decision to invite the Sussexes was made in the eleventh hour. It is, without a doubt, a significant moment in the history of the relationship between the two brothers.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were already in the UK this week when the Queen’s health deteriorated.
The couple, who travelled to Britain as part of a mini European tour, are staying at their Frogmore Cottage home which is a short walk from the Waleses’ new residence Adelaide Cottage.
Harry then made the trip to Balmoral on his own, arriving an hour and a half after the announcement of his grandmother’s death.