The Prince and Princess of Wales and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined forces to pay their respects to mourners outside Windsor following the death of the Queen.
This marked the first appearance of the so-called “Fab Four” in over two years, a reunion that was met with both excitement and animosity.
Meghan and Prince Harry made headlines when they stepped down from their roles as senior members of the royal family in March 2020 and have since spoken out against the royal institution.
As Meghan walked along the driveway, which was also the site of her 2018 wedding to Prince Harry, not all members of the crowd were pleased to see her.
One woman, dressed in navy blue and wearing her hair in a ponytail, was caught on video lowering her head and avoiding eye contact with the Duchess.
She then laughed and shook her head, looking up at the person next to her.
Another woman, dressed in grey, put on her sunglasses as Meghan approached and also declined to make eye contact.
However, there were also those who were overjoyed to see the Duchess back in the UK, with some asking for hugs and offering flowers in memory of the Queen.
The crowd cheered and clapped as the four approached, pleased to see the reunion of the “Fab Four.”
There has been much discussion about a rift between the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Sussex, who now resides in California with Meghan.
However, a royal source stated that the Prince of Wales believed it was important to show unity during this difficult time for the family.
The decision to invite the Sussexes to join the Waleses in greeting mourners was made in the eleventh hour, according to a royal source.
This reunion is being seen as a significant moment in the relationship between the two brothers.
Co-author of Finding Freedom, Omid Scobie, added his perspective on the reunion, saying: “It is, without a doubt, a significant moment in the history of the relationship between the two brothers.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were already in the UK for a mini European tour when the Queen’s health declined.
They are staying at their Frogmore Cottage home, located near the Waleses’ new residence, Adelaide Cottage.
Prince Harry made the trip to Balmoral alone, arriving an hour and a half after the announcement of the Queen’s death.
The reunion of the “Fab Four” outside Windsor has been met with both excitement and animosity, with some members of the crowd avoiding the Duchess of Sussex, while others were overjoyed to see her.
Despite the well-documented rift between the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Sussex, they came together in a show of unity during this difficult time for the royal family.