Us Weekly: Meghan Markle & Prince William Kept a Distance during Commonwealth Day Service

The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle seemed to avoid close contact with her brother-in-law, Prince William at the recently concluded Commonwealth Day celebrations.

The Commonwealth Day service was hosted by Queen Elizabeth II, at Westminster Abbey. It was an event that celebrated the unity and development championed by the 54 member countries of the association.

In attendance were Prince Charles, and his wife, Camila, Prince Edward and Sophia, as well as the Queen's grandkids and their wives ⁠— Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Prince William,Kate Middleton, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stand next to a wreath of flowers at service for the WW1armistice at Westminster Abbey on November 11, 2018, in London, England | Photo: Getty Images

Prince William,Kate Middleton, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stand next to a wreath of flowers at service for the WW1armistice at Westminster Abbey on November 11, 2018, in London, England | Photo: Getty Images

As the procession commenced, members of the royal family were seated in a particular order.

While 38-year-old Meghan acknowledged the presence of the Duke of Cambridge, the pair distanced themselves. A royal expert opined that:

"She looked to see if it was him, but then she turned right back...Meghan and William kept a distance, perhaps because they are feeling some kind of distance."

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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

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Not only were there no interactions between these two, but Prince William and his brother Harry also didn't relate like brothers.

They didn't, however, try to hide it. The feud allegedly started three years ago, when Prince William cautioned Harry on his relationship with his then-girlfriend and now wife.

Harry and his wife have continued to share their time between the UK and Canada as proposed in their announcement.

They have not had the best of relationship since then, and even now that the 35-year-old and his woman honored the request of the Queen to be part of a royal gathering for the last time, they didn't try to patch things up.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made a shocking announcement to exit the royal family as senior members of the family.

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“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.” - The Duke and Duchess of Sussex For more information, please visit sussexroyal.com (link in bio) Image © PA

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That further deepened the strain in the relationship among the Queen's grandkids as William reportedly explained via a royal source that his brother didn't make the best choice.

The source went on to say that Prince William, "Feels totally let down by Harry's reckless and selfish actions."

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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

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Harry and his wife have continued to share their time between the UK and Canada as proposed in their announcement, and the pair are spending quality time with their son, Archibald Mountbatten Windsor.

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