As floral tributes to the late Queen Elizabeth continue to mount near the palaces of the United Kingdom, William and Kate, now the Prince and Princess of Wales, were joined by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle outside of Windsor Castle on Saturday to look at the mounting number of flowers and tribute cards from grieving Britons.
Harry and Meghan’s appearance came as a surprise, as this is the first time all four have been together in public for a non-family event since a charity polo match in July 2019 (the King Power Royal Charity Polo Day for the Khun Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Memorial Polo Trophy at Billingbear Polo Club, if you want the full name.) It was confirmed by Reuters that William invited his brother and sister-in-law to come to Windsor.
The images of the four together will bolster thoughts of a rapprochement between the two couples. There has been a bit of a rift between them since Harry and Meghan stepped down from official royal duties and moved to California in early 2020.
As it happens, the brothers had been staying just down the road from one another prior to their grandmother’s death. Despite the proximity, and very brief moments of overlap during some of the ceremonies surrounding the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee earlier in the year, there was not much done to thaw the ice “beyond some polite hellos,” according to one report.
Frogmore Cottage, which still belongs to Harry and Meghan, recently underwent a significant refurbishment to the tune of $3.2 million. In a recent interview with The Cut, Meghan said that returning to their English home felt like visiting a time capsule. “You go back and you open drawers and you’re like, Oh my gosh. This is what I was writing in my journal there? And here’s all my socks from this time?” She added that taking it all in was “bittersweet, you know? Knowing none of it had to be this way.”
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