Royal fans criticise Prince William for unchivalrous act

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People were both stunned and delighted to see Prince William and Prince Harry publicly reunited during the royals' walkabout at the weekend.

However, one moment in particular has seen some social media users criticise William and heap praise on Harry.

The Prince and Princess of Wales, spent time with the mourning public outside Windsor Castle on Saturday alongside the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

It was the first time they had been seen together since 2020.

Prince William and Kate, along with Prince Harry and Meghan greeted mourners at Windsor Castle. Source: In Pictures via Getty Images
Prince William and Kate, along with Prince Harry and Meghan greeted mourners at Windsor Castle. Source: In Pictures via Getty Images

However, viewers have picked up on the contrasting actions of the royal brothers as they were leaving.

In a video shared by Sky News, the four were seen standing by a vehicle, waving to the public before they departed.

Harry then gently guides Meghan to the left side of the car and holds the door open to her. Meanwhile, Kate makes her own way into the car, without the help of her husband.

Prince Harry was seen opening the car door for Meghan. Prince William let Kate fend for herself. Source: Sky News
Prince Harry was seen opening the car door for Meghan. Prince William let Kate fend for herself. Source: Sky News

The apparent lack of chivalry did not go unnoticed.

Someone said Prince Harry's actions towards Meghan showed his "character difference" from his brother.

Another person remarked Harry was "such a gentleman" who was protective of Meghan and made sure she felt comfortable.

The two couples' differences can also be seen in pictures of the four.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were seen walking hand-in-hand at Windsor Castle, yet Prince William and Kate kept their distance from one another.

"This video paired with this picture… and [people] had the audacity to question Harry and Meghan's relationship," one person remarked on Twitter.

Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on the long Walk at Windsor Castle arrive to view flowers and tributes to HM Queen Elizabeth
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were seen hand-in-hand while Prince William and Princess Kate appeared more distant at Windsor Castle. Source: Getty Images

Meghan praised after mourner turns her back

While many people were happy to see the brothers together again, one woman was clearly not happy to see Meghan.

While Meghan was greeting the public, hugging people and crouching down to see children, one woman turned away from her as the Duchess makes her way along the metal barrier.

Meghan appeared to be unfazed by the woman's rejection and instead greeted people who were delighted to see her.

Meghan Markle was praised for how she carried on even after the snub. Source: Twitter
Meghan Markle was praised for how she carried on even after the snub. Source: Twitter

In his first speech, King Charles III extended somewhat of an olive branch to Prince Harry and Meghan.

The Duke and Duchess, who are no long working royals, have had a tumultuous relationship with the royal family. However, Harry's father referred to them both in his address.

“I want to also express my love for Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives overseas,” he said.

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