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Prince William ‘sent last-minute text to Harry that sparked royal reunion

For several years, the strained relationship between Prince William and Harry has been the subject of intense media scrutiny and public interest. However, amidst the turmoil, a surprising moment of unity emerged just over a year ago when the warring brothers and their wives, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, came together for a public walkabout.

Mirror reported on Tuesday, September 12, 2023, that this temporary ceasefire took place shortly after the passing of Queen Elizabeth and provided a glimmer of hope for royal fans worldwide.

The walkabout, which took place on the Long Walk in Windsor, marked a poignant moment in the ongoing saga of the royal family. It was the first time that the two couples, who were once affectionately known as the ‘Fab Four,’ had reunited publicly since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepped back from their roles as senior royals and relocated to the United States.

The unexpected gathering came about when Prince William extended a last-minute invitation to Prince Harry and Meghan. According to a well-placed source, the decision was made by the Prince of Wales himself, and it was not influenced by their father, the new king, as some had previously speculated. The move was a genuine effort to bridge the gap that had grown between the brothers.

The walkabout itself was a somber affair, with both couples dressed in black, reflecting the period of national mourning following Queen Elizabeth’s passing. The foursome spent approximately 40 minutes meeting well-wishers, accepting floral tributes, and receiving heartfelt gifts from the gathered crowd, including Paddington Bear stuffed toys.

What made this moment particularly significant was the speed at which it came together. “It happened very quickly – remarkable really considering they didn’t see each other in Scotland,” a source revealed. It was evident that Prince William believed that a show of unity during a period of national mourning was essential out of respect for their beloved grandmother, the late Queen.

The idea of viewing the floral tributes and greeting well-wishers had already been discussed between Prince Charles and Prince Harry before the olive branch of the walkabout was extended via text. The Duke of Sussex reportedly acknowledged his elder brother’s gesture, and they set aside their differences for the sake of the occasion.

Despite earlier speculations that the walkabout was a response to Harry’s plans to undertake his own walkabout with a film crew, these claims were dismissed as baseless. The true motivation behind the gathering was a shared sense of duty and a desire to come together during a challenging time for the royal family, a source told the Daily Mail.

The walkabout was initially scheduled for 4:30 p.m. but was delayed by 45 minutes as William and Harry discussed their plans. Both brothers had flown up to Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire to pay their final respects to Queen Elizabeth, only to miss her passing by a matter of hours. While Prince William joined King Charles for dinner at the nearby Birkhall residence, Prince Harry stayed at Balmoral to share dinner with other family members.

In the end, the brief reunion of the two brothers, along with their wives, offered a glimmer of hope for those who had followed their tumultuous journey. It was a moment when royal duties and family ties converged, reminding us all of the enduring bonds that connect the British royal family, even in times of strife and separation.

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