William, Harry, Kate & Meghan Joined Family Dinner after Emotional Farewell Moment with Queen's Coffin
After the Queen's death, there was a family dinner at Balmoral that Meghan was not invited to.
Prince Harry and Prince William reunited after the grandmother passed away despite their feud.
At Balmoral, two dinners were hosted. One was for King Charles III and his heir, Prince William, while the other was for the rest of the family.
Queen Elizabeth II passed away on September 8, 2022, immediately making her son King Charles III. However, as she passed away, there was tension in the family.
As the family rushed to be by Queen Elizabeth II's side after she was placed under medical supervision on the morning of September 8, one family member was missing from the reunion.
Queen Elizabeth II arrives for the state banquet in her honour at Schloss Bellevue palace on the second of the royal couple's four-day visit to Germany on June 24, 2015 in Berlin, Germany | Source: Getty Images
"Express UK" claims that Prince Harry was told by his father not to bring his wife with him when he came to say goodbye to his grandmother. Other family members, such as Prince William and the Queen's children, were there.
It was initially reported that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle would arrive at Balmoral together. However, "Express UK" alleged that King Charles III advised Prince Harry against bringing Meghan, saying:
"Charles told Harry that it wasn't right or appropriate for Meghan to be in Balmoral at such a deeply sad time."
An emotional Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex pay their respects in The Palace of Westminster after the procession for the Lying-in State of Queen Elizabeth II on September 14, 2022 in London, England | Source: Getty Images
King Charles III is claimed to have told his son that his brother, Prince William, would also not be joined by his wife, Princess Kate. King Charles III told Prince Harry that the gathering was limited to close family.
"Page Six" alleged that the conflict could have been produced by the bombshell interview that Meghan did days before the Queen's death, in which she mentioned that Prince Harry had lost contact with his father after he and Meghan quit The Firm.
It was then claimed by "Daily Mail" that on the night the Queen passed away, Prince Harry and Prince William didn't see one another as they dined at separate dinners. Prince William ate with his father, while Prince Harry ate with the rest of the royals who came to say goodbye to the Queen.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex during the Ceremonial Procession during the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle on April 17, 2021 in Windsor, England | Source: Getty Images
"The Sun" claimed that the decision to exclude Prince Harry was made hours before the Queen's death as the family was concerned that he might reveal the details of the dinner in his upcoming book.
The Princes Put Their Differences Aside
After leaving The Firm, it was understood that Meghan and Prince Harry drifted away from royal family members. One relationship that took particular strain was the one between Prince William and Prince Harry.
Prince William, Prince of Wales and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex walk behind the coffin during the procession for the Lying-in State of Queen Elizabeth II on September 14, 2022 in London, England | Source: Getty Images
However, after their grandmother died, the now heir to the British throne, Prince William, extended an olive branch to his brother. He invited Meghan and Prince Harry to attend a walkabout with him, and Princess Kate says, "The New York Post".
They planned to walk around Windsor Castle and look at all the tributes left for the Queen by fans, reports "The Guardian." They then planned to talk a little bit to the crowds before going to attend to other royal business.
However, as "The Times" claims, the truce was not something that came about quickly, and the brothers took a long time to decide the right decision for each of them and their wives.
Prince William and Catherine, the new Prince and Princess of Wales, accompanied by Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, proceed to greet well-wishers outside Windsor Castle on 10th September 2022 in Windsor, United Kingdom | Source: Getty Images
The publication alleged that the brothers were in extensive negotiations about the event, which led to the entire thing beginning 45 minutes later than it was initially planned.
After much deliberation, they settled on exactly what and how they would do things at the walkabout. However, there was a visible air of tension between Princess Kate and Meghan Markle at the event.
Prince William and Catherine, the new Prince and Princess of Wales, accompanied by Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, arrive to view floral tributes to Queen Elizabeth II laid outside Cambridge Gate at Windsor Castle on 10th September 2022 in Windsor, United Kingdom | Source: Getty Images
Many fans noticed that Princess Kate barely acknowledged Meghan and that Meghan was not as confident as she usually was, leading people to wonder what was going on between the two of them.
"The Fab Four" Reunited
Despite tension building over the last two years with Prince Harry and Meghan leaving The Firm, the brothers have made an effort to reconcile after their grandmother passed away, which has pleased fans.
Prince William and Catherine, the new Prince and Princess of Wales, accompanied by Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, wave to well-wishers on the Long Walk outside Windsor Castle on 10th September 2022 in Windsor, United Kingdom | Source: Getty Images
"The Fab Four," as Princes William and Harry and their wives were known, have displayed unity many times since the Queen's death and continue to do so as royal proceedings go ahead.
The brothers have stepped out together a number of times since their grandmother's passing and have given fans hope that there might be a genuine truce in the works.
Most recently, Prince William, Princess Kate, Prince Harry, and Meghan shared an intimate dinner after receiving the Queen's coffin, reports "The Sun." It was a gathering of only family, with no pictures released.
Prince William, Prince of Wales, Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex seen inside the Palace of Westminster during the Lying-in State of Queen Elizabeth II on September 14, 2022 in London, England | Source: Getty Images
Unlike many other royal engagements since the Queen passed away, this one was not covered by the press and gave the family time to simply be with one another and enjoy each other's company.
"The Sun" claimed that the fact that the brothers were willing to sit down to an intimate dinner together is a good sign that they're eager to set aside their differences to mourn their grandmother.
"Independent" confirmed that King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla also attended the somber dinner. This meal had both brothers in attendance, unlike the meal at Balmoral on the day the Queen passed away.
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales walk behind the coffin as they arrive in The Palace of Westminster after the procession for the Lying-in State of Queen Elizabeth II on September 14, 2022 in London, England | Source: Getty Images
This meal was a gathering of close family, wives included and is a stark contrast to the division seen on September 8, when King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla did not invite Prince Harry to dinner.
This dinner was held at Buckingham Palace and was the last night that the Queen spent in her London residence. She was driven through the gates past her fans in a hearse that she designed herself.
The brothers received the coffin and appeared emotional as they saw the coffin. "The Sun" mentioned that it was a reminder to them of having to bid their final farewells to their mother years ago.
Prince William, Prince of Wales with Catherine, Princess of Wales and Prince Harry with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex leave after escorting the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II to Westminster Hall from Buckingham Palace for her lying in state, on September 14, 2022 in London, United Kingdom | Source: Getty Images
They then reunited with their wives to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II in prayer, which was done in a service to honor the late monarch.