Prince William shows off sign language skills as he returns to royal work amid Prince Harry drama

Prince William returned to his royal duties today at an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace amid the drama with his brother Prince Harry and his sister-in-law, Meghan Markle.

The Duke of Cambridge showed no sign of stress as he carried out his royal duties, which saw him knight Theresa May's Brexit negotiator Olly Robbins and former England cricket captain Andrew Strauss and bestow honours upon rapper MIA, Scottish composer Anna Meredith and BBC golf expert Ken Brown.

The 37 year old royal showed off his impressive sign language skills as he signed 'congratulations' to sign language expert Alex Duguid, who has signed Emmerdale and Coronation Street for deaf ITV viewers for decades.

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The touching moment which was caught on camera saw both Prince William and Alex Duguid beam as they communicated in sign language while he was given his MBE.

Prince William returned to work just one day after he attended 'crisis talks' at Sandringham with The Queen, Prince Charles and Prince Harry, days after The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced their plans to step back as senior royals.

Queen Elizabeth II issued an official statement after the talks in which she said she is "entirely supportive" of Harry and Meghan's decision, but "would have preferred" for them to remain as senior members of the royal family.

The statement, shared by Buckingham Palace, read: "Today my family had very constructive discussions on the future of my grandson and his family.

"My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family. Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working Members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family.

"Harry and Meghan have made clear that they do not want to be reliant on public funds in their new lives.

"It has therefore been agreed that there will be a period of transition in which the Sussexes will spend time in Canada and the UK.

"These are complex matters for my family to resolve, and there is some more work to be done, but I have asked for final decisions to be reached in the coming days."

Earlier in the day, Harry and William issued a joint statement to deny allegations of "bullying" between the brothers.

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The public statement from the sons of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana hit out at a "false story" that had reported Harry and Meghan's decision was down to a "bullying attitude".

The statement read: "Despite clear denials, a false story ran in a UK newspaper today speculating about the relationship between The Duke of Sussex and The Duke of Cambridge.

"For brothers who care so deeply about the issues surrounding mental health, the use of inflammatory language in this way is offensive and potentially harmful."

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