Queen deliberately kept Harry and Meghan away from senior royals, experts claim

Harry and Meghan sat on opposite sides of St Paul’s Cathedral on the second day of the anniversary celebrations, senior royals including William and Kate

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive for the National Thanksgiving Service at St Paul's Cathedral on Friday
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive for the National Thanksgiving Service at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday

That Prince Harry and Meghan Markle sat away from senior royals was no coincidence, a royal expert has claimed.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex appeared on the opposite side of St Paul’s Cathedral from Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles for Friday’s anniversary service.

Instead, Harry and Meghan were sandwiched between Lady Sarah Chatto, the Queen’s niece, and Jack Brooksbank, Princess Eugenie’s husband.

The Queen deliberately chose her seating plan for the National Thanksgiving Service to look to the future, the expert claims.

It meant that although the foursome all attended the ceremony together, they didn’t socialize with each other.

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William and Kate sat across the aisle from Harry and Meghan

“She knows she must start passing on her duties and she has given us clues as to the future,” wrote royal expert and biographer Ingrid Seward The sun.

“Her platinum jubilee photo, which shows her in the Victoria Vestibule of Windsor Castle overlooking the statue of King Charles II, was a symbolic reminder that King Charles III will soon be with us.

“But the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are clearly not part of the plan.”

Ms Seward explained that the Queen’s balcony appearance with her heir Prince Charles and his son Prince William on Thursday was also a symbol of the future and hope for what is to come.

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



The Queen doesn’t like to be taken advantage of and knows Harry’s “wish for freedom” will be fulfilled if she hands over the crown to Prince Charles, the expert added.

William, 39, and Kate, 40, took their seats on the right-hand side of St Paul’s Cathedral, occupying the same pew as Princess Anne, Prince Charles and Camilla.

The Queen smiled from the balcony during Trooping The Color on Thursday


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While Harry, 37, and Meghan, 40, sat with Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie and their husbands Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Jack Brooksbank.

The brothers and their wives did not appear to interact with each other during the service.

Their last public appearance together was for the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in March 2020, three months after Harry and Meghan announced they were stepping down from senior royal duties.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were also pictured leaving the service



The couple moved to America a few days later and now live in Montecito, California with their three-year-old son Archie and one-year-old daughter Lilibet.

They officially stepped down from royal duties last February but have returned to the UK to attend the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

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