Prince Harry, Meghan join William and Kate on Windsor walkabout

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WINDSOR, Sept 10 (Reuters) – Prince Harry and his wife Meghan joined William and his wife Kate on a walk among crowds near Windsor Castle on Saturday after their grandmother Queen Elizabeth passed away, leaving glimpse the prospect of a rapprochement between the brothers.

King Charles’ two sons, once so close after their mother Diana died in a car accident in Paris in 1997, have fallen out in recent years after Harry and Meghan gave up their royal titles to move to the States -United.

The couple were in Britain for a brief visit when the Queen, Britain’s longest reigning monarch, died on Thursday.

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Like other senior members of the Royal Family, Harry rushed to be by the Queen’s side as she deteriorated at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, and a spokesman for the heir to the throne said that an invitation to the Windsor promenade had been extended by William.

A royal source described it as an important show of unity at an incredibly difficult time for the family. They got out of the same car, all dressed in black.

The two couples didn’t interact much during the 40-minute walk near one of the Queen’s favorite English homes, as they stopped to read messages left among the flowers, shake hands and chat with the thousands of people lining the long promenade.

“I think it really draws a line on what’s happened historically, and it’s a really strong sense of unity, I think, for the royal family. It was really nice to see,” Raj said. Kaur, 41, who was in the crowd. .

At one point, Meghan was hugged by a woman in the crowd as others stretched to shake hands and speak to the four royals in the early evening. William spent time chatting with the children, while Kate and Harry accepted flowers and messages of encouragement from those in attendance.

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On Friday, Charles used his first address to the nation as king to express his “love for Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives overseas”.

He also granted William and his daughter-in-law Kate the titles of Prince and Princess of Wales, which he and his late wife Diana previously held.

William was overheard telling a well-wisher that the days following the Queen’s death had been “so surreal”.

“We all thought she was invincible,” he said.

Asked by someone else in the crowd how his children, George, 9, Charlotte, 7 and Louis, 4, who all started at a new school on the day the Queen died, were doing, he replied: “The children are fine, thank you. They are good. Not ideal for starting new schools with all that is going on.

Under royal rules, the monarch’s grandchildren are automatically eligible to become princes or princesses of the kingdom, so now that Harry’s father Charles is king, his children Archie, 3, and Lilibet, 1, can receive these titles. Lilibet was named after the queen’s childhood nickname.

It is unclear if they will take the titles.

“At the moment our focus is on the next 10 days. As we have more information we will update the (royal) website,” a spokesperson for Charles told reporters.

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Reporting by Kate Holton and Michael Holden in London and Peter Nicholls and Hanna Rantala in Windsor; Editing by Elizabeth Piper and Mark Potter

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