Prince William and Kate's body language discussed by Tominey
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Royal commentator Camilla Tominey said the Prince of Wales, who is now first in line to the throne, “took the decision to change the narrative” after extending an olive branch to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex yesterday. The so-called Fab Four put tensions aside in a show of unity as they stepped out to view floral tributes to the late Queen and greet well-wishers gathered outside Windsor Castle.
Writing in the Telegraph, Ms Tominey said: “Clearly sensing that this was not a time for recrimination but reconciliation, it was as if the 40-year-old father-of-three was trying to reflect his elevated status as the King’s new ‘liege man of life and limb’.
“This was not just a display of older brotherly love – but a statement of his elevation to the House of Windsor’s second-most-senior statesman.”
The royal commentator said future king William showed he is following his grandmother’s example.
Ms Tominey said: “But in offering an olive branch to Harry – despite all that was said and done on Oprah Winfrey – William created his very own ‘cometh the hour, cometh the man’ moment.
“Anyone worried that Queen Elizabeth’s successors might not be able to equal her duty-first approach could breathe a sigh of relief.”
The Waleses and the Sussexes put aside their differences on Saturday for the joint appearance which delighted royal fans.
It comes as William and Harry, whose bond at one point appeared unbreakable, have been involved in a long-running rift.
A royal source said: “The Prince of Wales thought it was an important show of unity at an incredibly difficult time for the family.”
Finding Freedom co-author Omid Scobie said the reunion was a “significant moment” in the once-close brothers’ relationship.
Mr Scobie said: “The Waleses had always been scheduled to greet well-wishers at Windsor Castle, but royal sources say the decision to invite the Sussexes was made in the eleventh hour. It is, without a doubt, a significant moment in the history of the relationship between the two brothers.”
Royal author Robert Jobson hailed the “typically magnanimous move” by the Prince of Wales, who was given the title by his father King Charles III on Friday.
Mr Jobson said: “I am so pleased the William, Prince of Wales reached out to his brother Harry so they could put on a united front at this difficult time of family grief. A typically magnanimous move by William in memory of our late Queen.”
However, ITV’s royal editor Chris Ship said the reconciliation “might prove to be very short-lived”. He added: “It was, I hear, very difficult for both William and Harry to bury their differences and step out in public together in this way.”
Meanwhile, the Times reported that walkabout only took place after “extended negotiations behind the scenes”.
The two couples viewed the sea of flowers left outside Windsor Castle in tribute to the late Queen, who passed away peacefully aged 96 at Balmoral on Thursday.
William, Kate, Harry and Meghan went on to greet huge crowds of well-wishers gathered at the Berkshire royal residence.
They made their way down part of Windsor’s famous Long Walk, shaking hands and chatting to royal fans.
A member of the crowd was seen telling the Prince of Wales that they “loved him” during the walkabout, while others called out his name.
“Hi, hi, hello, everyone”, William replied to those saying hello, and said: “Thank you, thank you so much” to others while shaking their hands.
At some points laughing and joking with members of the crowd, while in other moments he was more sombre while having conversations with the public.
It has been two years since William, Kate, Harry and Meghan were together side-by-side in public, during the 2020 Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey.
Harry and Meghan were already in the UK this week as part of a mini European tour when the late Queen’s health took a turn for the worst.
The Sussexes have been staying at Frogmore Cottage which is a short walk from William and Kate’s new home Adelaide Cottage.
Earlier on Saturday, Charles was confirmed as the nation’s new King during a meeting of the Accession Council at St James’s Palace, also attended by William and Queen Consort Camilla.
The Prince of Wales paid tribute to his “Grannie” the Queen in a statement on Saturday afternoon.
William said: “On Thursday, the world lost an extraordinary leader, whose commitment to the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth was absolute. So much will be said in the days ahead about the meaning of her historic reign.
“I, however, have lost a grandmother. And while I will grieve her loss, I also feel incredibly grateful. I have had the benefit of The Queen’s wisdom and reassurance into my fifth decade. My wife has had twenty years of her guidance and support. My three children have got to spend holidays with her and create memories that will last their whole lives.
“She was by my side at my happiest moments. And she was by my side during the saddest days of my life. I knew this day would come, but it will be some time before the reality of life without Grannie will truly feel real.”
It comes as the late Queen’s coffin will begin its journey to its final resting place when it travels from Balmoral to Edinburgh today.
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