March 11, 2020

Meghan, Harry Appear to Have Awkward Exchange with Kate & William at 1st Public Meeting since Megxit

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On Monday, March 9, 2020, Duchess Meghan got to see Duchess Kate and Prince William for the first time publicly since her return to the UK. A video showing their greeting revealed how awkward the situation was.

This week started off with Meghan, 38, and Prince Harry, 35, attending their last royal engagement before they pursue more independent lives. The couple arrived first at Westminster Abbey for the Commonwealth Day Service.

The pair took the seats before Prince William and Duchess Kate were ushered in. Last March, at the same event, Meghan and Kate greeted each other with a kiss on each cheek when they saw one another.


Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry depart after attending the Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey on March 09, 2020, in London, England | Photo: Karwai Tang/WireImage/Getty Images

Meghan greets the Cambridges

However, things were quite different at this meeting. As Kate and William arrived at their seats, Meghan and Harry could be seen seated in a row behind them.


Their reunion wasn’t as warm as expected

The Duchess of Sussex, who was already sitting down, made an effort to greet Kate and her husband by saying "Hello" and giving an awkward wave. Harry also greeted the pair but it seems that was the only interaction between the two couples.


Speaking to anyone but each other

Sitting directly behind Kate was Sophie, Countess of Wessex who leaned forward to chat with her. Harry and Meghan sparked a conversation with Prince Edward.

The Duchess of Sussex wore a green caped dress by Emilia Wickstead with a matching hat by William Chambers. Her husband complimented her look by wearing a suit that had a green lining.


William complements his wife’s outfit

He also wore a green tie to the occasion. The Duchess of Cambridge wore a repeat burgundy Catherine Walker coat with a hat by Sally-Ann Provan and her husband’s tie also complimented her outfit.


Not a warm reunion

Language body expert Judi James claimed the engagement between the Sussexes and the Cambridges "wasn't the warm reunion that we were all hoping for." She described Harry as being very "tense" and needed support from his wife.

Stepping down from royal duty

The Commonwealth Day Service was the last royal engagement for Meghan and Harry. They will officially step down as senior royals on March 31, 2020.

The pair is expected to spend most of their time in Northern America after announcing their desire to live more independent lives.