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Sign of a united front?

Kate Middleton and Prince William include snaps of Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and Archie in their 'year in review' video - winning praise for the 'beautiful' gesture.

After months of a rumoured rift between the 'Fab Four', Prince William and Kate Middleton have hinted at a more united 2020 with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after including them in their yearly roundup video.

The 2 minute long video includes snaps and clips from the royal couple's various engagements throughout the year, but also features several photos of Prince Harry, 35, and Meghan Markle, 38, including baby Archie's photocall.

The video comes after a turbulent year for the Cambridges and the Sussexes in which royal commentators suggested there was a 'deep rift' between the couples.

The adorable round-up review of the year included clips of Kate and Prince William during their engagements throughout the past 12 months.

Among the highlights were moments from the widely praised Pakistan tour, as well as Kate's hugely popular RHS Back to Nature garden.

Alongside the video, the caption read: 'To all the fantastic organisations and inspirational people we met and worked with in 2019: Thank you for a wonderful year, and see you in 2020!' But as well as including their own highlights of the year, the video also made a nod to important moments for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

The round-up included a clip of Meghan and Kate sharing a laugh while attending Wimbledon together, as well as Prince Harry and William with Sir David Attenborough at a screening at an 'Our Planet' at the Natural History Museum. And despite neither of the Cambridges being present at Archie's photocall, it was included in the yearly roundup.

The clip, which featured Prince Harry and Meghan beaming down at their newborn son as they introduced him to the world, was the only moment in the round-up which the Cambridges didn't attend. Royal fans couldn't help but notice the inclusion of the Sussexes in the yearly round-up, with some calling it 'beautiful.'

One wrote: 'Thank you for including your brother and his family @sussexroyal in this. You didn't have to, but you did, and this shows your wonderful character. None of us on the outside knows what really has been going on, but family is everything. Thank you for showing this.'

Another added: 'I love this. I love the fact that you guys include images of Harry and his family. It's beautiful.'

One commented: 'This is lovely. So nice to see inclusion of @Sussexroyal in this too.'

The inclusion of the happy moments for the Sussexes comes after a year of rumours of a 'deep rift' betwen the royal couples.

Tensions reportedly arose in the run-up to last year's royal wedding, with Harry apparently accusing his elder brother of failing to support him and Meghan.

William is also understood to have privately expressed concern about the whirlwind romance, while Kate is said to have struggled to get on with Meghan.

Matters came to a head when the Sussexes decided to move out of Kensington Palace to Windsor and split their joint household, moving their staff over to Buckingham Palace. The two couples have also parted ways over their charitable work, with Harry and Meghan set to launch their own royal foundation next year.

The break-up was said to be a mutual decision and one that was the result of a natural divergence of ways, as William's role as heir to the throne evolves.

In November, Harry and Meghan opened up about struggling with royal life and public scrutiny in the explosive ITV programme Meghan and Harry: An African Journey, in which Meghan revealed not many people have asked if she's 'okay.'

Harry, meanwhile, refused to deny a rift between himself and Prince William, acknowledging, 'we are on different paths at the moment.'

It was reported after the documentary aired that Prince William was 'concerned' for his younger brother, and hoped he and Meghan were 'all right'. But despite the reports the group once known as the 'Fab Four' were trying to patch things up, a source today suggested that there had been no '180' from the royal family.

Multiple insiders said the chill between the couples runs deeper than many outsiders realize. At the time, a source told People magazine that 'no one' in the royal family was 'checking in, texting or speaking to' the Sussexes.

Some suggested that Prince William's position as future king caused on-going tension with Prince Harry.

They said: 'There is going to be some competitiveness between him and Harry. That already puts a rock in the relationship.'

Rumours of a rift between the Sussexes and the rest of The Firm were further fueled when it was announced they would not join the royal family for the Christmas.

Phil Dampier, author of Royally Suited: Harry and Meghan, told MailOnline: 'It's very hard to see this as anything other than a snub to the Queen and the rest of the royal family. It shows there is a deep rift.

'If Harry and Meghan wanted to heal the divisions they should have turned up at Sandringham. It's a great shame but there seems to be a problem which is getting worse, not better'.

-Daily Mail

 


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