Britain’s warring royal brothers Prince William and Prince Harry led their cousins in a rare family ceremony to honor their grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, on Saturday, the drama between the warring wives of Windsor, Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle confined behind the curtain.
There are internal discussions taking place over the apparent tension between four people once close, whose complaints are on the verge of bursting to the surface in the wake of the Queen’s death.
“He had the late Queen as a buffer,” royal seer Martin Townsend told the Telegraph. “But now that buffer is gone.”
King Charles III’s two sons, both in full military attire as their father wished, arrived in separate cars for the solemn Vigil of the Princesses ceremony at Westminster Hall.
entered the hall single file – led by the new Prince of Wales – and descended a marble flight of stairs to stand at the head and foot of his grandmother’s coffin for a 15-minute salute.
It was the first time Harry, Duke of Sussex, has been seen in formal military uniform since he left royal life in 2020 and moved to California with his wife.
Bowing the princes on either side of the catacombs stood the rest of the Queen’s grandchildren: Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips, Princess Anne’s children; Prince Andrew’s daughters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie; and Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn, the teenage child of Prince Edward.
The black-clad cousins followed the two princes two by two, then stood with their heads bowed as members of the public quietly entered the past.
William led the group as they left, with Harry brought to the rear – and with Kate and Meghan nowhere to be seen.
The king’s sons and their wives have hit a brittle public truce in recent days as brothers mourn their beloved “Granny.”
Last week, William invited the Sussexes to a one-hour walkout at Windsor Castle to thank the sympathetic crowd gathered there.
A friend of the brothers told the Sunday Times of London, “It takes effort to have a joint appearance.” “There was an understanding that ‘we need to show solidarity’ and not ‘we need to do this because it is our duty’. But I don’t think it goes much beyond that.”
Body language experts allege that the formerly frosty relationship between the four close people – which turned downright icy after Meghan’s blustery 2021 interview with Oprah Winfrey – showed little sign of warming during a walk, as Kate, Wales The new princess of daggers appeared to be her American sister-in-law.
A friend of Kate and William said, “They think Oprah has crossed a line and one must acknowledge the motives behind it and the pain it causes.” “They think they’ve got to be steely to send the message that you can’t say this very disturbing thing without consequences.”
Meanwhile, the Sussexes are said to not be given the title of their and their Royal Highnesses to their young children, Archie and Lillibet.
And while Harry has reportedly delayed the publication of his memoir as he weighs in on possible revisions out of “respect” for the late Queen, all that is emerging is the royal family.
“The trust is just gone,” an insider told the Telegraph. “It’s really hard to spend time with, or even frankly, someone when you know they’re writing a book about you and giving interviews.”
President Joe Biden traveled to London on Saturday to join 1,000 other national leaders, monarchs and ambassadors who flooded the British capital for the Queen’s state funeral on Monday.
The dignitaries will be given special entry into Westminster Hall from Saturday to Sunday afternoon, so they can pay their respects to the Queen without leaving the hour-long lines as she is in state.
Foreign visitors have been invited to a huge Buckingham Palace reception on Sunday evening, where King Charles and “working members” of the royal family will welcome them at the Picture Gallery and State Apartments.
Non-working royals Harry and Meghan have been “uninvited” from the unprecedented party – and only learned of the snub from press reports, The Post has confirmed.
“Prince Harry will have no role” as the royal family subdues their new king, royal historian Marlene Koenig told The Express. “Meghan will have no role.
“He and Meghan will go back to California and do their job,” Koenig said.