Meghan and Prince Harry appeared in high spirits as they arrived at the worldwide famous abbey in central London. The Duchess of Sussex donned for this special occasion an elegant Emilia Wickstead green dress with matching accessories, a hat by William Chambers and a clutch by Gabriella Hearst.
The Duke of Sussex is wearing a blue suit with a white shirt and pale blue tie.
Unlike last year, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex didn’t wait for the Queen on the premises of the church to then join her in a procession through the aisle of Westminster Abbey.
Instead, today the couple swiftly entered the abbey and sat in the second row next to Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex.
Similarly, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William didn’t accompany the monarch across the Gothic abbey.
Arriving after Meghan and Harry, as dictated by their order of precedence, the Cambridges were showed their seats in the first row.
Despite being very close to each other, Meghan and Harry didn’t interact with Prince William and Kate.
Upon arriving to their seats, the Cambridges greeted Meghan and Harry, who both answered with a nod.
The Sussexes then kept on talking with the Edward and Sophie, with Prince Harry so deep into the conversation he even put his arm around the chair of Meghan to better see and hear his uncle and aunt.
The awkward moment was noticed by a royal commentator.
Canadian royal expert Patricia Treble wrote on Twitter: “AWKWARD: Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex are in the second row of royal seats.
“Prince Edward makes a point of chatting with them while Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge appear to have no interaction with Harry and Meghan.”
Meghan and Harry are bowing out of royal duties today, after having carried out a series of private and public engagements over the past few days.
On Thursday, the Sussexes attended together the Endeavour Fund Awards, marking their first joint engagement in the UK since early January.
The couple also attended the Mountbatten Festival of Music at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday night, and just a few hours later were spotted joining the Queen at church for the weekly Sunday service in Windsor.
Meghan has carried out two solo visits while in the UK, heading to one of her patronages, the National Theatre, and a school in east London.
While Meghan and Harry don’t have any more royal engagement lined up, they will “make some announcements” in the next few weeks, according to the Daily Mail’s royal correspondent, Rebecca English.
She wrote on Twitter: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will carry out their last engagement today as senior working royals, appearing with the Royal Family at the Commonwealth Service.
“I’m told they will make some announcements over the next few weeks, but they have no duties in their diaries.”
Among the announcements they are expected to make in the foreseeable future, Meghan and Harry are yet to announce their new brand name after they were told they can no longer use the word ‘royal’ once they step down as full-time members of the Royal Family.
Less than an hour before the Queen was due to arrive, police had to face protesters outside of Westminster Abbey who attempted to storm fences built to protect the royals on arrivals.
Published at Mon, 09 Mar 2020 14:21:00 +0000