Harry, Meghan, William & Kate's Differing Interactions at Commonwealth Day Service Compared to Last Year's

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the recently held Commonwealth Day Service. However, this year's service was not the same as that of last year for Harry and Megan.

For the first time since their announcement to renounce their royal duties, Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, sat with the royal family at Westminster Abbey. The occasion was the annual Commonwealth Day Service.

However, compared to last year's service, the gathering for this year's was smaller in number. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex did not join the Queen for her formal procession into the annual celebration.

Duchess Meghan leaving after attending the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey, London March 9, 2020. | Photo: Getty Images

Duchess Meghan leaving after attending the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey, London March 9, 2020. | Photo: Getty Images

They walked right to their seats as they made their entrance. The Countess of Wessex, Sophie, and Prince Edward, as well as Prince William and Kate Middleton, who were all in attendance, did not join the 93-year old monarch in the formal entrance.

This is different from last year's celebration where Sussex royal couple, as well as Prince William and Kate Middleton, accompanied the Queen in her formal entrance.

For this year's formal procession, the Queen entered the occasion with her eldest son, Prince Charles, and the Duchess of Cornwall.

The service started with the release of a letter to the Malawians from the Countess of Wessex. The contents of the letter detail a congratulatory message to the people of Malawi for their progress on abating preventable blindness through the support of The Queen's Commonwealth Trust.

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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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Before the service, the monarch had released her message for the celebration of Commonwealth Day. In her letter, the Queen said that as a result of the collective values shared in Commonwealth,

"We can look to the future with greater confidence and optimism."

This year's commonwealth day service is the first royal event attended by Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, since their move to Canada.

It's also possible that it's their last, as their royal exit procession will be over officially by the end of this month.

At the event, Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, stunned the audience in an all-green attire. Her green hat by William Chambers perfectly complemented her emerald green cape-dress. The "Suits" actress wore nude stiletto pumps and carried a green mini-bag to go.

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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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Kate Middleton, on the other hand, donned a dark red coat by Catherine Walker and complemented with a red rose-accented hat. To accessorize her monochromatic outfit, Middleton wore wine-colored gloves and matching heel pumps.

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