Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle greeted mourners and viewed tributes to Queen Elizabeth in Windsor on Saturday, September 10, 2022.
Kate Middleton and Prince William, the new Prince and Princess of Wales, stepped out on Saturday for their first outing together since receiving their new titles, accompanied by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in a sweet surprise public outing.
The foursome took an emotional tour of the tributes to the late Queen Elizabeth and greeted well-wishers at Windsor Castle for about 40 minutes.
They all left in the same car, driven by William. According to Kensington Palace, Prince William invited his brother and sister-in-law to join him and Kate on the outing.
William thought the walkabout to greet the crowds “was an important show of unity at an incredibly difficult time for the family,” a royal source says.
Another source adds that security was not expecting both couples at the walkabout.
A former staffer told newmen: “It’s such an extraordinary historical moment and also a deeply personal one for the family that you’d hope and think that all members of the family would unite and support (the King) especially. And perhaps some of those wounds can be healed in the process.”
The couples delighted the crowds of people, who have flocked to the castle since news of the Queen’s death was announced on Thursday.
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Kate and William, 40, recently moved to Windsor, making them a short distance from Harry and Meghan’s U.K. home, Frogmore Cottage, which is on the Queen’s Windsor Castle estate.
Meghan, 41, and Harry, 37, who moved to California in 2020, are expected to remain in the U.K. until the Queen’s funeral, which will take place on Sept. 19.
It was the second outing for William on Saturday. Earlier in the day, he witnessed the solemn historical moment that saw his father King Charles III officially proclaimed monarch at St. James’s Palace in London.