Harry, Meghan, William and Kate thank the crowds in Windsor
Following the death of their grandmother Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday, the pair, together with respective wives Catherine, Princess of Wales, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, set aside their well-publicised differences to meet well-wishers at Windsor Castle and view floral tributes. Their joint venture came as their father was sworn in as King Charles III, with a well-placed source suggesting William had purposely delayed his walkabout in order to ask Harry and Meghan to join them.
The Sussexes agreed, and pictures of the four of them dominated the front pages of most of yesterday’s newspapers – including The Sunday Express.
Referring to the fact that the Queen died at Balmoral Castle, the source told The Daily Mail: “It happened very quickly – remarkable really considering they didn’t see each other in Scotland.”
The source denied William had acted at the suggestion of his father, insisting that was “absolutely not the case”, but rather a spontaneous gesture on the part of the newly created Prince of Wales.
Prince William, Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Windsor
Catherine, Princess of Wales meets a wellwisher
Another insider vehemently rejected the idea that William only acted after discovering Harry had been planning a walkabout among the crowds together with a television crew, dismissing the suggestion as “complete b**s”.
Speaking on Saturday, another source said: “The Prince of Wales thought it was an important show of unity at an incredibly difficult time for the family.”
William, Kate, Harry and Meghan – sometimes referred to as the Fab Four – have not been pictured together since during the 2020 Commonwealth Day church, service.
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Nevertheless, they appeared at ease driving off together with William at the wheel of a Range Rover after their walkabout, which lasted just over 40 minutes.
They walked part of Windsor’s famous Long Walk, shaking outstretched hands, sharing jokes, and receiving flowers for the late Queen.
One teenage girl was embraced by Meghan when she asked for a hug.
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Julie Watson, 56, said it was “lovely” to see the group appear together.
She met Kate during the walkabout and said: “I love Kate. She’s beautiful. I said I feel sad that the Queen has passed away and she had a tear in her eye.
“She wasn’t crying but her eyes looked watery.”
In a video clip shot during the walkabout, Harry tells well-wishers Windsor Castle was “a lonely place up there now without her”.
William, Harr,y Kate and Meghan’s Windsor walkabout dominated the Sunday Express’s front page
He adds: “Every room she was in, we felt her presence throughout.”
During the day William issued a heartfelt written tribute to the Queen, saying: “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, Harry, Kate and Meghan look at floral tributes
King Charles III pictured outside Buckingham Palace
Mourners in their thousands will be able to walk past the Queen’s coffin in a round-the-clock lying-in-state from Wednesday evening to early on the day of her funeral next Monday (September 19).
Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to pay their respects to Britain’s longest-reigning monarch ahead of her funeral, which will be attended by world leaders.
Airport-style security checks will take place at Westminster Hall, and tight restrictions will be in force with only small bags permitted.
The lying-in-state will be preceded by a ceremonial procession through central London to carry the Queen’s coffin from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall on Wednesday.