Two brothers gathered in mourning. Royal observers were relieved to see the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Sussex side by side once more as they mourned the death of their beloved grandmother.
It has been a turbulent two years since Harry and Meghan ceased to be working members of the royal family, with the split in the clan heavily speculated on by the public and the media.
On Wednesday, we saw the duo – along with other family members – walk behind the queen’s coffin as it traverses the streets of central London to Westminster Hall, in a procession like no other.
A source told CNN exclusively yesterday that the brothers were due to dine with other members of the royal family at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday after the queen’s coffin arrived from Scotland. The plane carrying his coffin was the most tracked flight of all time, according to aviation website Flightradar24.
Wednesday was not the first time we’ve seen William and Harry together since the Queen’s death last week. The pair were joined by their respective wives, Kate and Meghan, on Saturday (10), as they all went to accompany the tributes to the Queen in Windsor. Screams erupted from royal fans when the Queen’s fourth death, with many hoping it would open the door to a reconciliation between the brothers.
The association of William, Harry, Kate and Meghan came as a surprise and was not announced in advance. It was the first time they had been seen together since the Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June.
We understand that the Prince of Wales extended an olive branch to the Sussexes, inviting them to join him and his wife an hour before the walk. A royal source told us that William thought it was an important show of unity at an incredibly difficult time for the family.
Harry told the audience that “no matter what room in the castle you are in”, the queen’s presence can still be felt. “She was a great grandmother,” he added.
On the 8th of September, as the sun set over Edinburgh, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch departed Scotland for the last time. It’s a country she deeply adored and a place where she was often able to put the crown aside for a short time figuratively and simply be the matriarch of the family, farther away from public scrutiny.
Last Tuesday (13), King Charles III visited Northern Ireland, continuing his tour of the nations as the new monarch. The visit took him to Hillsborough Castle, where he met with political leaders and spoke about his mother’s contribution to the peace process. He called her a “shining example” and vowed to continue “seeking the welfare of all the inhabitants of Northern Ireland”.
the queen of travel
During the Queen’s reign, she visited over 120 countries and witnessed firsthand the revolutions in global travel that shrank the world as her own influence over it waned.
Elizabeth II experienced the advent of the Jet Age, flew supersonic on the Concorde, saw regimes change, countries form and dissolve, the end of the British Empire and the rise of globalization.
Did you know?
Prince William has just inherited a 685-year-old estate worth $1 billion.
Royal wills are never made public. This means that what happens to much of the Queen’s personal wealth after her death will remain a family secret.
Forbes last year estimated that the late monarch’s personal fortune was worth $500 million, made up of her jewelry, art collection, investments and two residences, Balmoral Castle in Scotland and Sandringham House in Norfolk.
The Queen inherited both properties from her father, King George VI. But most of the royal family’s wealth — totaling at least $21 billion in land, property and investments — now passes through a centuries-old, well-trodden path to the new monarch, King Charles, and his heir.
The line of succession makes Prince William, now first in line to the throne, a much richer man. The future king inherits the private property of the Duchy of Cornwall from his father. The duchy has a broad portfolio of land and property covering nearly 140,000 acres, most of it in southwest England.
Source: CNN Brasil