Charles, Wills ‘closer after Megxit’


The royal quartet stepped out for a whistlestop tour of Leicestershire.

As Prince William tried his hand at wheelchair basketball, his father Prince Charles jokingly consoled him when he missed a basket.

The pair have reportedly grown even closer since Prince Harry’s decision to quit as a senior royal and move to Canada with his wife, Meghan.

Britain’s Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (centre R) consoles his son Britain’s Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, after he threw a basketball from a wheelchair, but failed to get it into the hoop. Picture: AFPSource:AFP

Kate Middleton put on a public display of unity, dressed in a military-style outfit.

The 38-year-old donned a sharp black Alexander McQueen skirt and jacket combo, as she and Prince William continue to act as pillars of strength for the Queen.

Carrying a bag similar to the Queen’s trusty handbag and wearing a distinctive silver-buttoned jacket with a military collar, Kate looked ready for business.

The Sun reports that the royals braved the rain and plunging temperatures to take on a number of engagements together.

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge during their first joint event in nine years. Picture: Getty

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge during their first joint event in nine years. Picture: GettySource:Getty Images

Kate’s powerful appearance comes as the Queen was pictured hours after her favourite grandson Peter Phillips confirmed his divorce from wife Autumn.

Her Majesty, wrapped up against the elements, was snapped putting on a brave face over the news as she boarded a train.

Prince William and his wife have been praised for stepping up as the Royal Family reels around them in recent months.

Amid the bombshell news of Megxit, Prince Andrew becoming embroiled in scandal and now the news of the first divorce within the Queen’s grandchildren, the pair have radiated unity.

Today, as the four toured various spots in Leicester, Kate dressed to reflect her readiness to keep strong and continue working hard.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Peter Phillips and Autumn Phillips have caused headaches for the Queen. Also pictured are Peter and Autumn’s daughters, Isla Phillips and Savannah Phillips. Picture: Supplied

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Peter Phillips and Autumn Phillips have caused headaches for the Queen. Also pictured are Peter and Autumn’s daughters, Isla Phillips and Savannah Phillips. Picture: SuppliedSource:Getty Images

Prince Charles, Camilla, Prince William, 37, and Kate are all visiting the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre at Loughborough before they go their separate ways.

They had a tour by commanding officer Captain Alison Hofman, and visited some of the therapy areas, meet patients undergoing gym rehab sessions, and saw the prosthetics workshop.

Prince William took up an invitation from Major Les Reid, as the 49-year-old “loaned” the Duke his wheelchair to shoot a few hoops.

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (R) and Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (3R) react as Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, celebrates after the basketball he threw from a wheelchair went into the hoop. Picture: AFP

Britain’s Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (R) and Britain’s Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (3R) react as Britain’s Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, celebrates after the basketball he threw from a wheelchair went into the hoop. Picture: AFPSource:AFP

Confidently wheeling up to the mark, Prince William then shot and missed three times, to groans.

His father stepped in to lend a hand, grasping the back of the wheelchair and moving it a few metres closer to the basket – raising laughs from Kate, Camilla and the watching patients.

As Prince William fluffed his fifth shot, Prince Charles placed his hands on his son’s shoulders and jokingly shook him.

Jubilant scenes followed as he appeared to get the ball through the hoop, with Prince Charles looking on proudly and Kate cheering as the Duke joked it had taken “a while” to get his aim in.

Peter Phillips and Autumn Kelly leave St George's Chapel in Windsor after their marriage vows in 2008. Picture: Supplied

Peter Phillips and Autumn Kelly leave St George’s Chapel in Windsor after their marriage vows in 2008. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied

Peter Phillips today issued an emotional statement, after The Sun revealed he and wife Autumn would split.

The couple are in the process of divorcing, and Phillip will be the first of the Queen’s grandchildren to do so.

They wed at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle in 2008, and decided to separate last year.

This article originally appeared inThe Sunand is republished here with permission



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