Renowned for being cold, the two couples dressed in black walked together to the applause of the crowd gathered to pay tribute to Elizabeth II, who died on Thursday.
With this collective public appearance by the two brothers and their wives, the first since March 9, 2020, those who had once been nicknamed “the fantastic four” almost stole the show from the new monarch Charles III, proclaimed king a few hours earlier. .
The two couples first gathered in front of the bed of bouquets of flowers deposited by the hundreds, at the gates of Windsor Castle, where the monarch has lived most of the time for the past two years.
They then granted themselves a walkabout, descending the famous “Long Walk”, a long avenue crossing the park which leads to the castle.
William and Kate on one side, Harry and Meghan on the other, they shook hands for more than 40 minutes, talked at length with the crowd and accepted the flowers that were handed to them.
“Can I have a hug?” a little girl asked Meghan, who nodded and leaned in to kiss her.
The two couples then left in the same car.
The presence of William and Harry side by side could be the sign of a reconciliation for the two brothers known to be cold since Harry and Meghan announced in 2020 their withdrawal from the monarchy and moved to California.
A year later, the couple revealed in a shock interview on American television that Kate had made Meghan cry and accused the royal family of racism.
“We are really not a racist family”, will then firmly deny William.
According to a royal source quoted by British media, William decided to put the argument aside by inviting Harry and Meghan to join him and his wife for the walkabout in Windsor.
The day before, King Charles III also appeared to give his youngest son a helping hand by quoting him in his first speech as monarch, sending the couple all his “love as they continue to build their lives abroad”. .
If they appeared together, the two brothers, however, remained distant.