Meghan, Harry Appear to Have Awkward Exchange with Kate & William at 1st Public Meeting since Megxit
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.
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.
Prince Harry, The Duke and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex and Duchess of Cambridge, arrive at the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey, London on #CommonwealthDay. #CommonwealthDay2020 📸@domlipinski pic.twitter.com/oRnYzH19Dw— Derek Momodu (@DelMody) March 9, 2020
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.
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined The Queen and Members of @TheRoyalFamily for the annual #CommonwealthDay Service at Westminster Abbey. The Commonwealth represents a global network of 54 countries working in collaboration towards shared economic, environmental, social and democratic goals — the Commonwealth theme for 2020 is Delivering A Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming. Her Majesty The Queen was 26 years old when she became Head of the Commonwealth in 1952 — important symbolic and unifying role. As Head, Her Majesty personally reinforces the links by which the Commonwealth joins people together from around the world. From working to protect the earth's natural resources and preserving the planet for generations to come, to championing fair trade and empowering the youth of today to transform the communities of tomorrow, this year’s Service celebrated the Commonwealth's continued commitment to delivering a peaceful, prosperous and more sustainable future for all. #CommonwealthDelivers
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.
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This afternoon, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on Commonwealth Day, alongside Her Majesty The Queen and Members of The Royal Family. The Commonwealth is a global network of 54 countries, working in collaboration towards shared economic, environmental, social and democratic goals, and the Service today seeks to highlight the vast community which spans every geographical region, religion and culture, embracing diversity amongst its population of 2.4 billion people, of which 60 percent are under 30 years old. As President and Vice-President of the @Queens_Commonwealth_Trust, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been passionate advocates of the Commonwealth having spent many years working closely with the next generation of Commonwealth leaders. The theme of the Commonwealth for 2020 is ‘Delivering A Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming', placing emphasis on youth, the environment, trade, governance, and ICT (Information and Communications Technology) and innovation. From working to protect the earth's natural resources and preserving the planet for generations to come, to championing fair trade and empowering the youth of today to transform the communities of tomorrow, the Service celebrates the Commonwealth's continued commitment to delivering a peaceful, prosperous and more sustainable future for all. Photo © PA
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.