William, Kate, Meghan and Harry reunion needed ’45-minute negotiation’

Prince William and Kate's body language discussed by Tominey

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The Prince and Princess of Wales and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped out on Saturday to view floral tributes and greet well-wishers outside Windsor Castle in a show of unity following the late Queen’s death. William is said to have made an “11th-hour” invitation to Harry and Meghan to join him and Kate.

But the two couple’s arrival was delayed by around 45 minutes as the walkabout “required extended negotiations behind the scenes beforehand”, The Times reports.

Prince William, Kate, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle delighted well-wishers with their public appearance together.

One member of the public said it was “really nice” to see William, Harry, Kate and Meghan together, according to The Sunday Times’ royal editor Roya Nikkhah.

The Prince of Wales and the Duke of Sussex, who is living in California with Meghan after quitting royal duties in 2020, have been at the centre of a well-documented rift amid the Megxit fallout.

But the brothers and their wives put their differences aside yesterday as they took part in the walkabout.

A royal source said: “The Prince of Wales thought it was an important show of unity at an incredibly difficult time for the family.”

Reacting to the surprise walkabout, royal author Robert Jobson: “I am so pleased the William, Prince of Wales reached out to his brother Harry so they could put on a united front at this difficult time of family grief.

“A typically magnanimous move by William in memory of our late Queen.

Meanwhile, former BBC presenter Simon McCoy shared a snap of the Fab Four and wrote: “Wonderful.”

But ITV’s royal editor Chris Ship said the reunion “might prove to be very short-lived”. He added: “It was, I hear, very difficult for both William and Harry to bury their differences and step out in public together in this way.”

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 four royals, dressed in black, looked at flowers left outside the Berkshire royal residence by members of the public in an outpouring of grief and love for the late Queen, who died peacefully aged 96 at Balmoral on Thursday.

They also walked part of Windsor’s famous Royal Mile, shaking hands and chatting with well-wishers.

Both Kate and Meghan were seen hugging emotional members of the public who are grieving the nation’s longest-reigning monarch.

Following the 45-minute walkabout, William drove them away behind the wheel of a Range Rover.

During the day the future King 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 sometime before the reality of life without Grannie will truly feel real.”

Hours earlier King Charles III was confirmed as the nation’s new monarch during a poignant and sombre meeting of the Accession Council at St James’s Palace.

Harry and Meghan were already in the UK this week when the late 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 made a dash to Balmoral on his own on Thursday, arriving at the private royal residence in the Scottish Highlands an hour and a half after the public announcement of his grandmother’s death. 

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