Prince William and Harry to reunite in poignant Queen coffin walk with King Charles

Prince William and Prince Harry will come together with King Charles tomorrow in a poignant walk behind the late Queen’s coffin from Buckingham Palace to where she will lie in state.

The Prince of Wales and the Duke of Sussex, who have been at the centre of an ongoing rift, will follow on foot with their father as the coffin makes the journey to Westminster Hall on Wednesday afternoon.

Kate and Meghan Markle will travel by car with Queen Consort Camilla and the Countess of Wessex.

Prince Andrew, Princess Anne and Prince Edward will also walk in the sombre procession, as well as Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, Peter Phillips, the Duke of Gloucester and the Earl of Snowdon.

The procession will leave the Palace at 2.22pm and is expected to arrive at Westminster Hall at 3pm.

A service lasting around 20 minutes will be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury accompanied by the Dean of Westminster.

It comes after William, Harry and their wives put on a united front on Saturday for a surprise walkabout at Windsor Castle to view floral tributes and greet well-wishers.

The two couples also joined other members of the Royal Family to receive the late Queen’s coffin at Buckingham Palace tonight after her final journey from Scotland. 

The once-close brothers have been embroiled in a royal rift in recent years but have put their differences aside in their grief for their beloved grandmother.

The so-called Fab Four delighted royal fans as they stepped out for their walkabout outside the Berkshire royal residence over the weekend. 

The rare joint outing came after the Prince of Wales extended an olive branch to the Sussexes, who are staying at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor.

A royal source said: “The Prince of Wales thought it was an important show of unity at an incredibly difficult time for the family.”

Harry also has a troubled relationship with his father, but pledged to “honour” him as he starts his reign in a tribute to the late Queen earlier this week.

Meanwhile, Charles mentioned the Sussexes in his televised address to the nation on Friday, saying: “I want also to express my love for Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives overseas.”

The last time Charles, William and Harry were seen together in public was at the service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June.

The appearance was the Sussexes’ first alongside the Windsors since Megxit saw them quit royal duties more than two years ago. 

Harry and Meghan are pursuing new lives of personal and financial freedom in the US after stepping back as working royals in March 2020. 

However they were already in the UK as part of a trip to Europe to carry out charity engagements when the late Queen passed away peacefully at Balmoral last Thursday.

The Sussexes made a series of damaging claims about the monarchy in their Oprah Winfrey interview in 2021, while the Duke’s tell-all memoir is due out later this year.

It comes as members of the public have already joined the queue to attend the late Queen’s lying in state at Westminster Hall which begins at 5pm on Wednesday.

It will continue until 6.30am on September 19 – the day of the state funeral.

People are expected to queue for hours to pay their respects to the nation’s longest-reigning monarch.

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