Possible Reason for Why Meghan Markle Skipped Royal Ascot Though Kate Middleton Attended
Tuesday marked the beginning of the five-day Royal Ascot event. Last year, Duchess Meghan attended with her husband Prince Harry but this year it was different.
Earlier this month, Meghan appeared publicly at Trooping the Colour after recently giving birth. The Duchess, who is still on maternity leave, gave birth to her first child Archie Harrison on May 6.
Ascot Racecourse was founded by Queen Anne in 1711, and has since received the patronage of a further eleven monarchs. The Ascot summer race meeting officially became a Royal week in 1911.— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) June 18, 2019
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Reports believe she missed the Royal Ascot to stay at home in Frogmore Cottage in Windsor with her son. A source explained why Meghan had found the time to attend Trooping the Colour but missed the race course event.
This week The Queen will attend #RoyalAscot. Each day of the week begins with the Royal Procession, when HM & accompanying Members of the Royal Family arrive along the track in horse-drawn landaus.— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) June 18, 2019
Today HM was joined by @TheDukeOfYork and The King and Queen of the Netherlands. pic.twitter.com/SYRVZK2Wqe
Last year when Duchess Kate gave birth to her third child Prince Louis, 1, she also missed the horse racing event because of her maternity leave. It’s expected that Meghan will take around three-to-five months of maternity leave.
However, depending on the occasion, she could be seen here and there. Her husband might appear at the Royal Ascot during the five-day period.
Harry hasn’t taken paternity leave to spend more quality time with his child. Instead, he’s appeared publicly in Rome and the Netherlands for Royal engagements.
The Royal Family started off the Royal Ascot by taking part in a carriage ride along the course. The Queen was joined by Duke of York and the King and Queen of the Netherlands.
The Princess Royal, The Earl and The Countess of Wessex, Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice were also among The Members of The Royal Family who accompanied Her Majesty to #RoyalAscot today. pic.twitter.com/dM5rJli6ej— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) June 18, 2019
The color of the day was blue in all of its different shades.
Kate dressed up in a cornflower blue dress with sheer sleeves by Elie Saab. She added a matching Philip Treacy hat which had a flower detail.
The Duchess accessorized with blue topaz and diamond drop earrings by Kiki McDonough.