It was the big surprise of an already very eventful day: Prince William (40) and his brother Prince Harry (37) put aside their long-standing conflict in view of the death of their grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II (1926-2022), and came together her wives Princess Kate (40) and Duchess Meghan (41) to the grieving fans in front of Windsor Castle.
For almost an hour, they inspected together - Harry and Meghan mostly hand in hand - the sea of flowers that had been laid in honor of the popular monarch at the gates of the royal estate.
The surprise appearance marked the first time the two couples have appeared in public together since Commonwealth Day on March 9, 2020. And it's the first time William and Harry have been spotted in public together since attending the opening of the memorial honoring their mother, Princess Diana (1961-1997).
The Sussexes, who live in Montecito, California, happened to be in the UK on business when the Queen's health suddenly took a turn for the worse on Thursday.
It is believed that the Sussexes had not previously made any plans to meet the Waleses (William and Kate), despite staying at Frogmore Cottage, just 700 meters from Williams and Kate's new home, Adelaide Cottage. But both William and Harry rushed to Balmoral on Thursday after it was clear the Queen was serious.
Queen Elizabeth II died peacefully on Thursday afternoon (September 8th) on her Scottish estate. The royal family announced this in the evening. The monarch was 96 years old.
Her eldest son, Prince Charles, became king upon her death. The official proclamation took place on Saturday morning at London's St. James' Palace.