A sweet gesture from Kate, Princess of Wales, was seen as William, Prince of Wales smiled and winked at a baby during a walk where the couple read messages of condolence and waved to the crowd . The walkabout took place near Windsor Castle on Saturday and the couple were joined by Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle. The Queen’s grandchildren accepted flowers and messages of encouragement from the crowd, with William spending time bending over to chat with the children.
Kate was seen talking to the mother of a baby while holding the child’s hand. When William noticed it, he approached and started making faces at a baby as he tried to get the child’s attention, while Kate watched and smiled.
The joint appearance of Princes William and Harry raised 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 August 1997, have fallen out in recent years after Harry and Meghan gave up their royal titles to move to the United States.
The couple had traveled to the UK for a brief visit when the Queen, Britain’s longest reigning monarch, died on Thursday.
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. .
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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, nine, Charlotte, seven, and Louis, four, 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, three, and Lilibet, one, 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.