“Harry and Meghan’s painted smiles did little to hide the intense awkwardness of the service.”

On their first public outing together, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle launched a united front, holding hands and confidently stepping first into St. Paul’s Cathedral

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex leave the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex leave the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral

Two feuding families were reunited today to pay tribute to the Queen and her record-breaking 70-year reign, but the distance between them could not have been greater.

A side dedicated to duty, diligently continuing the monarch’s longstanding tradition – that duty simply comes first.

The other, who gave up her royal roles to make millions in the corporate world and a rumored reality TV documentary about her new life away from The Firm.

In the majestic, awe-inspiring setting of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, the tension was palpable among the 2,000-strong congregation.

In a way, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan were doomed from the start when they performed at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

Harry and Meghan with Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall and Viscount Linley



Too much Hollywood glitz and they’ve been accused of upstaging Her Majesty.

Too little and her anything but exuberant expression was an affront to the occasion.

But the painted smiles they seemed to muster did little to hide the intense awkwardness of the occasion.

Amid rumors of a lunch with the Queen after the Trooping the Color ceremony, which were quickly quashed, and a confirmed secret visit to Prince Charles’ home today, Harry and Meghan appear to be trying to stay under the radar to stave off allegations to hog the limelight.

Harry grimaces before the service


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At their first public appearance together, they came together, held hands, and confidently walked first into the cathedral.

Palace insiders often remarked early in their married lives that they didn’t just want to “blow through,” they wanted to run an ultramarathon that outperformed everyone.

As you have learned in any large company, things take on a certain order, especially in this company. A grating reminder of how far they fell behind in that order would certainly have arrived today, when they were in fact descended into the fourth row, about 20 feet from his brother across the aisle from St Paul’s – next to Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank.

As Prince William and Kate stepped in before the Duchess of Cornwall and the Prince of Wales, representing the Queen, all eyes turned to the future King to see if he would acknowledge Harry. But to stick to the script, William and Kate, Charles and Camilla stared ahead before taking their seats. But it was Harry, so often at odds with his position in the world and his fractured relationship with William, who couldn’t help but crane his neck to catch a glimpse of his brother.

Perhaps this was a clue more than ever as to where Harry’s head is. Caught between a new life he’s longed for and a longing for a relationship with his father and brother.

Harry and Meghan at St. Paul’s Cathedral


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With two days to go before the curtain closes on the anniversary celebrations, it’s still unknown how long Harry and Meghan will be staying, perhaps even from the family they appear to have flown across the world to visit.

While they show up unannounced at tonight’s music extravaganza at Buckingham Palace or Sunday’s People’s Pageant, they might as well leave the stage and flee under cover of darkness home to Montecito, while everyone along the way breathes a sigh of relief.

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