Harry and Meghan are skipping the anniversary event with other royals amid ‘low profile’ promise

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle joined the rest of the royal family for a thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral but did not attend a reception at the Guildhall with other members of the company afterwards

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have skipped an event to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – despite attending a service at St Paul’s Cathedral earlier today.

The couple had previously joined around 40 royals for the Thanksgiving service, which was the first time the couple had been fully visible to the public in the UK since they left the monarchy for a new life in the US two years ago.

After the service, all the other royals, including Prince Charles, Camilla, Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, headed to London’s Guildhall for a lunchtime reception with the Lord Mayor of London.

However, there was no sign of Harry and Meghan at the event and they were last seen holding hands while chatting with Zara Tindall and her husband Mike before getting into a car.







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It comes after a source told the Mirror that the couple “would keep to themselves and their promise that they wouldn’t overshadow the celebrations”.

There was a loud reaction this morning when a smiling Harry and Meghan arrived at the cathedral with some boos – but when they were greeted at the west door by the Dean of St Paul’s cheers, the cheers drowned them out.

They spent a few minutes speaking with the senior minister before entering the place of worship and proceeding to greet the long line of ministers attending today’s Thanksgiving service.

The couple’s seats were in the second row of the gathering, with Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie and their husbands, and Lady Sarah Chatto, Princess Margaret’s daughter, and her family.







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They sat behind the Earl and Countess of Wessex, who sat in the front row with their children, Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor and Viscount Severn, and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.

Across the aisle sat Prince Charles and Camilla, who have ornate chairs. Next to it were the seats of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as well as the Princess Royal and her husband, Vice Admiral Tim Laurence.

They walked hand in hand down the nave, Meghan smiling and Harry sometimes biting his lip.

Harry and Meghan had to squeeze past his cousins ​​Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, and Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank, who were already seated to get to their seats.

Harry was seen gaping and seemingly enjoying a joke with another king who was sitting across the aisle.







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However, they were not seen with the Queen as it was announced last night that she would not be attending the service due to “episodic mobility issues” and would instead be watching the event at Windsor Castle. She was represented at the event by her heir, Prince Charles.

Yesterday the couple were reunited with the royals at Horse Guards Parade for Trooping the Color and were seen chatting and joking with some of the younger royals – although they weren’t pictured with Kate or the other Cambridges.

Although there were no signs of their own children Archie and Lilibet, it has emerged that their daughter, who will turn one tomorrow, had her first opportunity to meet the Queen last night.







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Omid Scobie, one of the authors of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s biography Finding Freedom, told BBC Breakfast: “I think people are expecting some kind of big, extravagant birthday event that we’re going to see photos of. I was told not to expect anything.

“These moments with Lilibet are very private between you and the Queen and of course we know how much she was looking forward to it.






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“They have been held back by a pandemic. Of course, during the times Harry was here, he was only alone on rather somber occasions. And that was really the first time.

“Of course we know the Queen returned to Windsor Castle yesterday, the couple also returned to Windsor where they are staying at Frogmore Cottage.

“So that would have been the first moment or chance for her to meet her namesake.”

He also said that Harry and Meghan hope to be as “low profile as possible” during their trip to the UK for The Platinum Jubilee.

Mr Scobie added: “I’ve spoken to people close to the couple … who said they want to be as inconspicuous as possible during this trip.

“It’s almost hard to believe, but I think Trooping the Color was a great example yesterday. We haven’t really seen them on TV cameras.”

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