Cameras followed Prince William and Kate Middleton, the newly appointed Prince and Princess of Wales, as they walked with Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, through Windsor and along the Royal Mile, where tributes for the late queen have been placed. Speculation about what this could mean about the brothers’ relationship has been building since the couples were seen exiting a car together.
One source told People that it was important to Prince William that the family present a united front in this incredibly difficult time. They added that it was William who extended the invitation in the first place; security had only been expecting the prince and princess.
Dressed in all black in accordance with the rules of mourning, the couples spent about 40 minutes walking around Windsor, greeting mourners and looking at tributes (via Reuters). While there was plenty of interaction with the crowd, there was little said between the pairs.
To get more insight into what this could mean for William and Harry’s relationship, we turned to Jess Ponce III, a body language expert, media coach, and the author of “A.W.E.S.O.M.E.” It was clear to Ponce that the brothers — who are “certainly no strangers to the media” — were “aware that all eyes were on them.” He added that “the passing of their grandmother is something that they have likely been prepared for a very long time.” They know how they’re expected to act.