The 'Fab Four' Windsor Castle walkabout of Meghan, Prince Harry, Prince William and Kate Middleton was delayed an hour by the Sussexes, it has been claimed.
The Sussexes and Cambridges, once referred to as the Fab Four, were due to stroll around outside Windsor and thank mourners an hour earlier than they did.
The reason, claims NBC’s royal commentator Daisy McAndrew, is that Harry and Meghan had to "quickly go and get changed" into more formal mourning attire, and the Duchess had to do "hair and makeup."
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“Interestingly, the reason that the walkabout was so late — it was scheduled to be nearly an hour before they actually came — was because of course Harry and Meghan had to go and get changed,” McAndrew told the Today show.
“They weren’t wearing the proper formal mourning attire, so they had to quickly go and get changed — I guess, do hair and make-up for Meghan. So that’s why they were late.”
At Windsor, the foursome greeted the well-wishers who had gathered to pay their respects to the Queen following her death last Thursday.
For 45 minutes, the two couples, for whom relations have been strained since Harry and Meghan's break from the Royal Family in January 2020, viewed the flowers outside Windsor Castle and walked among the crowds lining the streets, while shaking hands, accepting condolences and engaging in conversation.
But despite the show of unity, one royal source has expressed caution on Monday, September 12.
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"There remains a great sense of distrust in the air and for that to dissipate there needs to be some major reconciliation on the part of those making the most noise," said the source.
“Until that is forthcoming, then there may be little point taking things any further.”
Nonetheless, the public display of unity was welcomed by fans. One said: “It was a single act of compassion due to extraordinary circumstances.
“Everyone is grieving and anything else right now pales into insignificance. Whether this could be a catalyst to anything more… well, I would find that exceedingly hard to believe unless there was a major shift in attitudes.”
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