On the most formal occasions, it is a moment of surprise that, for some, will bring a smile.
The two brothers may have their differences, brought together by their grief. A time to show solidarity at a very difficult time for the family.
I was told Prince William had called to invite his brother Harry and Meghan to join him and Kate; They were neighbors, after all, both with homes on Windsor Estate.
Of course, it was purely fate that the Sussexes were even here, after moving to the US and leaving royal duties.
But when they stop and chat with the crowd for over 45 minutes, they became the Fab Four again, as they were described when Harry and Meghan first met; return to the walkabout activity the way the boys’ grandmother taught them.
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And that’s the point, here’s what Queen will want to see. Even in the most tumultuous times, she has always said Harry and Meghan are much-loved members of the family.
As King Charles said in his national address, his mother had the tireless ability to always see the best in everyone, and was without a doubt the one who kept the whole family together. each other in challenging times.
It feels like Prince William and Prince Harry are clearing the air, both appreciating that there are many public moments planned ahead, and this is a chance to show the Sussexes are welcome. to pick up.
I even spotted the palace advisers, who were there to support William and Kate, asking Meghan if she was okay and needed help with some flowers.
All in all, it was a day when we saw the family come together openly and wanted to share that sense of loss with us.
The Queen’s other children and grandchildren were attending a ceremony near Balmoral and had stopped to look at the objects, while King Charles resumed his impromptu stroll near Clarence House. That’s why it wasn’t the day we expected.
Of all the plans, we think the focus will be firmly fixed on the official ceremony of his succession being filmed for the first time.
Instead, the more emotional, lasting images are of a family wanting to openly share their pain and a new monarch wanting to know how we are all feeling, just like we are. , he quickly had to adjust.