Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have made their last official appearance as senior members of the British royal family. The couple joined Queen Elizabeth, Kate Middleton, Prince Charles, and Camilla Parker-Bowles at the annual Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey on Monday, March 9.
According to People magazine, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived at the event first, with William and Kate following behind them in their own car. They also made some changes to the royal entrance compared to past years.
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This afternoon, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on Commonwealth Day, alongside Her Majesty The Queen and Members of The Royal Family. The Commonwealth is a global network of 54 countries, working in collaboration towards shared economic, environmental, social and democratic goals, and the Service today seeks to highlight the vast community which spans every geographical region, religion and culture, embracing diversity amongst its population of 2.4 billion people, of which 60 percent are under 30 years old. As President and Vice-President of the @Queens_Commonwealth_Trust, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been passionate advocates of the Commonwealth having spent many years working closely with the next generation of Commonwealth leaders. The theme of the Commonwealth for 2020 is ‘Delivering A Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming', placing emphasis on youth, the environment, trade, governance, and ICT (Information and Communications Technology) and innovation. From working to protect the earth's natural resources and preserving the planet for generations to come, to championing fair trade and empowering the youth of today to transform the communities of tomorrow, the Service celebrates the Commonwealth's continued commitment to delivering a peaceful, prosperous and more sustainable future for all. Photo © PA
Neither Harry and Meghan nor William and Kate were part of the Queen’s procession. Instead, the group formerly known as the Royal Fab Four took their seats ahead of the Queen’s entrance, who was then followed by Prince Charles and Camilla.
Markle continued her incredible fashion statements she has made during her last series of royal engagements by wearing a kelly green Emilia Wickstead dress with a matching fascinator from William Chambers. The Duchess of Sussex accessorized her look with a Gabriella Hearst bag and Aquazzura nude pumps.
This was the first – and most likely, last – time that fans have seen Harry and Meghan publicly with William and Kate since November 2019, just weeks before the Megxit announcement in early January. However, the two couples didn’t interact at the event, and only briefly acknowledged each other when they arrived.
Harry and Meghan sat behind the other senior royals at the event, and at the end of the service all of the members of the royal family chatted separately with others in attendance. William and Kate exited the Abbey first and got into their car while Harry and Meghan were still inside.
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Tonight, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the annual Mountbatten Festival of Music at the Royal Albert Hall — marking the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War and the 80th anniversary of the formation of Britain’s Commandos. The Duke, who is Captain General @RoyalMarines joined veterans, serving members, world-class musicians, composers and conductors of the Massed Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines to help raise funds on behalf of the @RoyalMarines Charity. #MFM2020 Photo © The Duke and Duchess of Sussex / Chris Allerton
According to Us Weekly, William and Harry “barely speak” since the Megxit announcement, and in recent weeks have only chatted “a couple of times” about “business matters.”
“William’s done everything in his power to help his brother over the years and feels totally let down by his ‘reckless’ and ‘selfish’ actions,” revealed a second source. “The way he sees it, Harry’s thrown all the good advice he gave him back in his face. When Harry was feeling low or had problems, William was always there for him, as was Kate.”
The insider added that the Queen’s desire for Monday’s Commonwealth Day service was for the members of her family to “put on a united front” despite the fact that many are “hurt” and unhappy about Harry and Meghan’s decision to move to Canada and step down as senior royals.
Now that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s final royal engagements are complete, the couple is expected to return to Canada to be with their son, Archie Harrison. Their exit from the royal family becomes official on March 31st.