WINDSOR, England — Prince William, Prince Harry and their wives gathered at Windsor Castle on Saturday afternoon, appearing to put aside their breakup to pay tribute to their late grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.
Hundreds of mourners and visitors lined the four-mile path to the castle, craning their necks for a glimpse of the royal family and cheering as the quartet appeared.
Princes William and Harry, along with Catherine, Princess of Wales, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, stopped in front of a large ornate memorial for the Queen, pausing to read handwritten notes and admire the bouquets the mourners had left throughout the day.
The reunion was a notable and striking event given that the siblings have grown apart in recent years, particularly after Harry and Meghan’s decision to leave the royal family for a life in the United States.
In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, which aired last year, Harry and Meghan revealed a series of allegations and details about their lives before and after their estrangement from the royal family. Meghan said she had had suicidal thoughts while involved with the Royal Family.
Harry explained how he felt “really let down” by his father, the current King Charles III, who he said stopped taking his calls at one point as the couple recalled their royal duties.
Amid growing speculation of a growing breakup, Harry also said his relationship with his brother, William, was about giving “space”, and Meghan said she cried before her wedding following a disagreement with Catherine, also known as Kate.
Both Harry and Meghan spoke warmly of the late Queen during this interview, with the Duchess saying she has “always been wonderful to me”.
Meghan also alleged that in the months leading up to the birth of her son Archie, a royal insider expressed “concerns and conversations about how dark his skin was when he was born.” She did not reveal who made the comments as it would be “very damaging to them.”
The couple had frequently criticized media tabloids for their coverage of Meghan. Some black women have argued that some media’s coverage of the Los Angeles native’s roots points to underlying racism in British society.
Charles was greeted by cheering crowds gathered outside Buckingham Palace on Friday when he addressed the nation as they mourned the death of his mother.
In his speech, he paid tribute to his ‘beloved mum’ and gave a nod to his own children, announcing that Prince William would take his old title of Prince of Wales and saying he wanted to ‘express my love for Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives overseas.
Daniel Arkin reported from Windsor; Mirna Alsharif reported from New York.
Yulia Talmazan, Yasmine Salam and Adela Suleiman contributed.