The Duke and Duchess of Sussex reunited with the Prince and Princess of Wales to see flowers left at memory of the queen in Windsor Castle.
prince WilliamPrincess Kateprince Harry and Megan were dressed in all black as they walked along the gates in what was their first public appearance since they were last seen at the Queen’s Jubilee National Service of Thanksgiving in June.
The brothers have kept their distance since the Sussexes left the royal family and moved to California and their decision to speak out about their lives inside the royal family.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex held hands as they gazed at the awards, with Harry at one point gently placing his hand on Meghan’s back.
The couples spent more than 40 minutes looking at flowers and tributes and were seen pointing and discussing them as members of the crowd waved at them.
They later shook hands and spoke to members of the public gathered outside Cambridge Gate, with some people taking pictures of the royals on their mobile phones.
Newly titled Prince and Princess of Wales King Charles on Saturday, members of the crowd gave bouquets of flowers as one visitor waved a Welsh flag in the background.
At one point small Paddington Bear was given to Prince William, who passed it on to an aide.
He was seen lightly touching Kate’s back as she crouched down to speak to the child in front of the gate.
The royal couples walked separately, with the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and Cambridge speaking to people on one side of the road, while Harry and Meghan greeted the crowd on the other side of the road.
At one point, Kate sat down to talk to a child who was crying. The baby stopped crying when Kate approached her.
Meghan was also seen shaking hands with several children and well-wishers.
Prince Harry later moved over and joined his brother on the same side of the road, chatting animatedly to the waiting crowds.
The number of bouquets they presented as a sign of respect to the Queen was so great that all four had to pass them several times to waiting aides.
Kate and Meghan spent much of their time talking to the children who were among the crowd of nine who lined the Long Avenue.
The last time the brothers were together was on Thursday night, when they both went to Balmoral hearing the news that the queen was under the care of doctors.
Prince Harry joined the royal family after news of the Queen’s death was announced to the world, while William arrived with Princes Andrew and Edward and Sophie, Duchess of Wessex, earlier in the afternoon.
The Duke of Sussex was the first senior member of the royal family to leave Balmoral in the early hours of Friday morning.
Among the crowds on the Long Walk, Bonita Ranau, 28, said she heard Kate talking to children next to her about what her youngest son Louis had said about the Queen’s death.
She said Kate told the children: “Louis said at least grandma is with great grandpa now.”
Ms Ranau said Kate was “inspiring” as she spoke to the children.
A volunteer from west London also spoke of her surprise at seeing the two royal couples together, adding: “It was really nice.”
Her mother, Balinder Ranau, 64, said it was ‘fabulous’, adding: ‘It was so beautiful to see. I felt so emotional and I felt the Queen would have loved it. I just hope that in the future they will stay that way and that the brothers will come together and the families will come together.”
Angela Fleming, who was dating the Duke of Sussex, said the hour and a half wait outside Windsor Castle was worth it.
Mrs Fleming said: “It was unexpected, it was very unexpected.”
Her sons, Jacob and Jenson, were exhausted from the heat, but she said they will remember the moment for a long time.
She said: “It’s good for boys. They were becoming quite restless.
“But it was worth it.”
Her husband, Andrew Fleming, is in and has worked with the Coldstream Guard London at the accession board earlier that day.