Amid the ongoing speculation surrounding Prince Harry and Prince William’s tumultuous relationship and the hopes for a reconciliation, a friend of the two brothers has revealed that the pair shared a surprising conversation on Thursday, the day of Harry’s 38th Birthday.
The conversation happened completely by chance on Thursday afternoon, as both brothers were driving their cars in opposite directions, just one week on from their grandmother The Queen’s death.
William himself had just collected his three children from school when he drove past Harry, but in an unexpected turn of events, he soon reversed and stopped to speak to his brother.
“The brothers drove past each other but then stopped, reversed, wound down their windows and chatted for a while,” a source told The Sunday Times.
The humanising display of compassion and solidarity showed signs of the rift between the pair beginning to heal, but sources close to William told the paper that mending his relationship with his younger brother isn’t necessarily at the top of the agenda right now.
He is “solely focused on doing what is right to honour the queen”, explained the paper.
William is “processing his grief and the death of his grandmother, rather than sitting there processing his relationship with Harry.”
Rather than focusing on their fractured relationship, both brothers agreed that the focus should be on The Queen, whose funeral is due to be held on Monday.
However another friend of Harry’s admitted that it wasn’t easy to reconcile when the entire world was watching.
They said that “the world wants them to reconcile,” but “it is very hard to make any personal decisions” as every interaction is scrutinised by the public whenever they are in the same place at the same time.
On Monday the brothers will once again stand together, united in grief as they march in the funeral procession behind the Queen’s coffin as it travels from Westminster Hall where it has been lying-in-state, to Westminster Abbey as part of the state funeral.
Earlier this week, both brothers had performed a similar duty as the coffin was transported from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall, with the pair also standing with the Queen’s six other grandchildren in a poignant and historic vigil on Saturday evening.
Both brothers also took several moments out of their days to examine the floral tributes that had been left in honour of their grandmother in the days since her passing.
Tens of thousands of floral tributes, bears and heartfelt messages have been left at various Royal palaces around the country in the days since the news of her death first broke on September 8th.
She will be formally laid to rest on Monday in a televised ceremony broadcast around the world, before being interred in a private ceremony at Windsor.
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