Meghan Markle & Kate Middleton Reportedly Showed a 'Real Moment of Continuity' at Trooping
The Duchess of Sussex and the Duchess of Cambridge were all smiles as they rode in on the same carriage for the Queen's Trooping the Color.
On Saturday, several members of the royal family stepped out to celebrate the Queen's birthday during the annual tradition called Trooping the Color. Journalists quickly noticed that the arrangement of their arrivals was slightly different from before.
While last year Meghan Markle and Prince Harry rode in on a carriage of their own, this year they were in the same horse-drawn carriage as Kate Middleton and the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla.
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Royal experts have been closely examining the pair following the discontinuation of the shared Royal Foundation charity between the Cambridge family and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex last month.
The two women appeared in good spirits for the event, however. According to People magazine, Joe Little, the managing editor of Majesty, said that the two chatted and "they were getting on well."
Additionally, UK journalist Emma Forbes described the interaction as "a real moment of continuity." Mark Steward, a royal photographer, went further by saying "Meghan was animated and happy to be there honoring the Queen."
In fact, the entire family looked elated as they later stood on the balcony to watch the Royal Air Force flypast. There, Markle did not stand near Middleton, but her position is attributed to the traditional hierarchy as opposed to personal preference.
It was only Markle's second appearance at Trooping the Color. However, it was one-year-old Prince Louis' very first, and the young tot seemed to greatly enjoy all the excitement.
He energetically waved to the crowd as he sat in his father's arms. Then, when the flypast went by, his adorable squinted expression was captured on camera. Older brother Prince George and big sister Princess Charlotte were also present.
While Middleton and Markle seem to be free of any rifts, a body language expert cannot say the same of Markle's relationship with the queen. Judi James made the analysis between Middleton and Markle's relationships with the monarch.
She determined that the queen has begun to treat Middleton "as a friend," with the duchess of Cambridge even reportedly kissing the queen in an unexpected show of affection.
On the other hand, Markle has some years to go before the queen embraces her to the extent that she did Middleton. Meanwhile, Markle continues to capture the spotlight for various reasons.
She delivered her first child, Archie Harrison, just last month, and as expected it made headlines. Trooping the Color was her first public appearance after the birth.
There, she debuted a new piece of jewelry on one of her ring fingers. It is believed to be an eternity ring which is identified by the presence of several tiny diamonds covering the entire band.
Usually given to commemorate special occasions, the ring was presumably gifted to the duchess for either having her first child or for celebrating her first wedding anniversary — or both.