Two years ago, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made their final royal engagement by attending the annual Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey – and according to a book, at the event , the couple feels rejected
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It’s not just the Queen who will be absent for today’s annual Commonwealth Day – Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be too.
The event is usually filled with royalty, and both Harry and Meghan attended ceremonies to mark important dates in the royal calendar in 2019 and 2020.
In fact, the 2020 event marks their last royal engagement before giving up their senior royal status in search of a new life for themselves in North America.
They attended the ceremony alongside the Queen, Prince William and Duchess of Cambridge – and many commented on the tension between family members.
And according to one book, Harry appeared to be “trying to fight back the tears” after what they deemed “nasty”.
Before the ceremony, 2,000 service orders were distributed with details that William and Kate would enter the Abbey with the main royal banquet.
However, there is no mention that Harry and Meghan were present at the procession, with Daily mail reported that the couple was “quite sensitive and emotional about it”.
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This is believed to have resulted in William and Kate not walking in the procession to try to resolve the matter – even though the service order stipulates otherwise.
And in his book Battle of Brothers, royal author and historian Robert Lacey says that although Meghan has a “megawatt” smile, Harry is more somber.
He wrote: “So there’s a black and white photo – posing for all to see.
“Observers also noticed that Harry’s face was ‘quite tense and expressionless’ – and when William sat down near him, he barely greeted his brother.
“During the ceremony, Meghan was beaming on television, but as the ceremony progressed, Harry seemed even more somber.
“According to one observer,” his quick blink even suggested that he might be trying to hold back his tears. “
Since that day, Harry has only returned to the UK twice – to attend Prince Philip’s funeral and to unveil a statue of his late mother Princess Diana – while Meghan has not returned to the UK once.
And on Friday, Harry revealed he will also not be traveling to the UK for a memorial service for his late grandfather Philip at Westminster Abbey.
It comes amid the Duke of Sussex’s legal case against the Home Office over his security arrangements in the UK.
It is understood that the 37-year-old royal has plans to visit the Queen as soon as possible, but it is unclear when.
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