In an unexpected turn of events on Saturday, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle joined Prince William and Kate Middleton for a walkaround at Windsor Castle. This came after the passing of Queen Elizabeth, William and Harry’s grandmother.
The four people were seen greeting bystanders while dressed in black and expressing an emotional interest in the flowers and other memorial items that had been left for the late monarch, who passed away on Thursday at the age of 96.
According to Kensington Palace, Prince William, age 40, and his wife Kate, age 40, who was just titled Princess of Wales in conjunction with her husband’s new title as Prince of Wales, asked the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to join them.
According to a further source, security had no idea that both couples would be present during the walkabout.
A source close to the royal family shared that Prince William believed the walkabout to welcome the people “was a crucial demonstration of solidarity at an extraordinarily difficult moment for the family.”
According to a source close to the palace, “It’s such an extraordinary historical moment and also a deeply personal one for the family that you’d hope and think that all members of the family would unite and support [the King] especially.
And perhaps some of those wounds can be healed in the process.”
On Saturday, William engaged in his second activity of the day. At an earlier point in the day, he was present in the somber historical event that took place at St. James’s Palace in London, when his father, King Charles III, was formally declared to be the monarch.