Prince Harry’s Homecoming Greets UK Papers

Despite the truce, relations appear to have frozen, according to UK newspapers. (File)

London:

Britain’s newspapers on Sunday were hoping for a royal reconciliation as their front pages focused on the surprise reunion of estranged princes William and Harry, with their wives Kate and Meghan.

Pictures of the quartet putting aside their differences to view floral tributes to Queen Elizabeth II outside her former residence at Windsor Castle splashed across the covers of many of the country’s Sunday papers.

“Reunited for granny,” read the Mirror’s headline, while the Telegraph ran with “Reunited in sorrow” and the Sun with “All 4 One”.

Despite the truce, relations appeared to remain frozen, with the Times headline reading “Awkward truce by Warring Windsors to honor Queen”.

“In death, the Queen seems to have done the impossible by bringing brothers William and Harry together,” said Sun columnist and royal expert Ingrid Seward.

“When they emerged from the same vehicle for a walkabout in Windsor, accompanied by their wives, a nation held its breath … It is quite possible that emotions ran so high that the brothers can be friends again,” he added.

The Mail’s Sarah Vine said the reunion “will warm the hearts of millions.”

“Will it last? We must pray for it,” she added, calling on Harry to drop plans to publish his autobiography.

“Now is the time for forgiveness, to put all those things aside and find a way forward together,” he wrote.

Although there was optimism in some papers, the Sunday Times said that “although the brothers showed solidarity in Windsor, it is understood that the camps need extended negotiations behind the scenes beforehand, which has delayed the their arrival for the walkabout of 45 minutes.”

The Sun also warned that “it is understood that past wounds have not fully healed, and the walkabout is more of a temporary stop.”

The Sunday Telegraph described the move as “a knockout PR blow intended to stop 10 days of national mourning overshadowed by stories of ongoing conflict between the royal brothers.”

It praised William for offering an “olive branch”, saying the prince had “created his own ‘cometh the hour, cometh the man’ moment.”

However, it warned that “while the joint appearance will undoubtedly begin a healing process for the once inseparable brothers, it cannot be denied that the road to peace is not without potential potholes.”

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