Princes Harry and William have both made their first (separate) public appearances since the dramatic ‘Sandringham summit’ with the Queen and Prince Charles took place on Monday. Questioned about the ongoing drama concerning Harry and Meghan’s future, the brothers had very different reactions.
After Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle sent shockwaves through the British public and the Royal Family last week by announcing their intention to ‘step back’ from their roles as senior royals, emergency talks between Harry, William, Charles and the Queen were held at Sandringham on Monday to discuss Harry and Meghan’s future.
In a rare statement, the Queen described the talks as ‘very constructive discussions’ and went on to confirm that ‘My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family. Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working Members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family.’
Later this week, both Harry and William made separate public appearances – their first since the crucial talks took place. Harry appeared at Buckingham Palace on Thursday for the 2021 Rugby World Cup draw whilst the future King William visited young people at an event in Bradford, West Yorkshire with his wife Kate Middleton.
Whilst speaking at the event, Prince William shared some advice that royal-watchers reckon may have been a cryptic reference to his own family’s challenges, saying:
‘It’s sometimes trying to get people to understand that it’s OK to have these challenges. We just need to deal with them and we need to move forward rather than just be stuck in paralysis and pretend they don’t happen.’
Meanwhile, Harry put in a cheerful appearance at the Rugby World Cup draw, as he joked with the crowds of children present that he wasn’t properly dressed for playing rugby when they invited him to join their game. Whilst he remained tight-lipped, he reportedly laughed off questions about the so-called ‘Megxit’ drama.