Royal commentator Jonathan Sacerdoti was speaking after the brothers united for a walkabout, together with wives Catherine, Princess of Wales, and Meghan Markle. The precise circumstances which led to their team-up remain unclear – although insiders claim the newly created Prince of Wales texted Harry to suggest the idea.
Mr Sacerdoti, who frequently appears on Sky News to discuss Royal affairs, as well as contributing to The Spectator, told Express.co.uk: “I don’t think we yet know the full story behind how it came to happen.
“But I think that everybody was pleased to see it happen.
“I think it was overdue and I think there’s been a big fear, especially probably within the Royal Family itself, that the ongoing tension between the Sussexes and especially the Cambridges could somehow pull focus away from or overshadow the historic moment of the Queen’s passing.”
Mr Sacerdoti added: “Whatever the cause of it was, that walkabout together was very much appreciated from the public, and I daresay if he’s got time to be thinking about such things, by King Charles himself.”
Speaking of the new Monarch, he speculated: “I don’t know whether King Charles would have laid down the law and told them that that had to happen, and there had to be a show of unity.
“Or whether as some rumours have said, Prince William has heard that Prince Harry and Megan had briefed a US News Network that they were intending to do a walk about, and therefore instigated one where all four of them would go and invited Harry and Meghan, I just don’t know if that’s accurate.
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They added: “It happened very quickly – remarkable really considering they didn’t see each other in Scotland.”
Another bluntly dismissed the suggestion William had acted after learning Harry and Meghan were planning to greet the crowds with a camera crew in tow.
Tensions between Harry and William have been simmering ever since the Sussexes stepped down as frontline Royals and moved to California in 2020.
The situation deteriorated when Meghan and Harry told talk show host Oprah Winfrey an unnamed Royal had speculated on the skin tone of their unborn son Archie.
William subsequently took the extraordinary step of telling a reporter: “We are very much not a racist family”.
The so-called Fab Four have not been photo together since the 2020 Commonwealth Day church service.
King Charles today Britain’s parliament the “living and breathing instrument of our democracy” and vowed to follow his late mother Queen Elizabeth’s example in maintaining its independence in an address to both chambers.
Charles arrived at Westminster Hall in London to a fanfare of trumpets with wife Camilla, Queen Consort, for the address – part of a series of pageantry-filled ceremonies following the queen’s death on Thursday at her holiday home in Balmoral, Scotland, after 70 years on the throne.
Afterwards, he set out for Edinburgh to join his siblings for a solemn procession when the coffin of Queen Elizabeth is taken to the city’s historic cathedral.