In 2022, Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Prince William and Kate Middleton put aside their ongoing feud to come together to honor Queen Elizabeth during a royal walkabout. Although the group, once dubbed the "Fab Four," greeted mourners during the public grieving period, Omid Scobie's new book, Endgame, revealed King Charles orchestrated the family reunion.
"Essentially, he told William to swallow his pride and invite his brother and sister-in-law to join them when they greeted mourners and well-wishers in Windsor that day. William wasn’t keen. This was his moment with the public, but the King put pressure on [him],” Scobie quoted an anonymous source in his book.
“[William] sent his first text message in months to Harry, suggesting it would be ‘good’ if they came along, too," he penned.
In an interview, the royal expert admitted he assumed the walkabout would become a catalyst for a positive shift in the group's dynamic, but after the release of Harry's memoir, Spare, things failed to improve.
“I thought potentially that could open doors to other moments of seeing what matters and putting certain things to one side, just to coexist or to find some sort of common ground,” Scobie told an outlet.
“But I think the thing that surprised me the most was that afterward everyone just went their own ways and nothing happened beyond that," he admitted.
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“The fact that it was about to go ahead without the Sussexes, who were only asked 40 minutes beforehand, shows just how close William was to not doing it at all. And if it wasn't for Charles, it wouldn't have [happened],” Scobie explained.
The reporter said it "was an important show of unity at an incredibly difficult time for the family."
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Scobie and sources spoke to People.