Meghan Markle and Prince Harry joined the royal family to celebrate the platinum jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. On Friday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex held a national Thanksgiving service in honor of the Queen at St Paul’s Cathedral.
The event is Harry and Meghan’s first public reunion with senior members of the Royal Family since Commonwealth Day in March 2020, the last royal appearance before Harry and Meghan stepped down from their duties.
Upon arriving at the cathedral, Meghan and Harry gently held hands and greeted the crowd. Despite the misunderstanding, the couple was not incensed. The Sussexes were then moved to their seats in the second row next to Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie and their husbands, followed by Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex.
Their seats were across the aisle from Prince Charles, Duchess Camilla of Cornwall, Prince William and Kate Middleton, who sat in the front row. Megan wore a white coat dress with cool undertones and a matching wide-brimmed hat.
Harry chose a tailcoat, which he decorated with military medals. Before the start of the service, the Duke had lively talks with Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, who were visiting the Sussexes in California earlier this year.
Queen Elizabeth II herself was absent from the service. The palace announced on Thursday that the monarch would not be visiting the cathedral due to “some inconvenience” and ongoing mobility issues. According to royal sources, it was an unfortunate but prudent move. When her family gathered for a service in her honor, the Queen watched the program televised from her home at Windsor Castle.
“When you think that the Queen was here 85 years ago, in 1935, when she was nine years old, in St. Paul for the silver jubilee celebrations of her grandfather George V, it is impressive and in her eyes the prospect of her long life.” Opens the public.” – said the royal historian Hugo Vickers.