People: Meghan and Harry's Last Week of Royal Engagements Was Bittersweet, Source Claims
Harry and Meghan made their last public appearance as Senior Royal Family members on Monday at the Commonwealth Service, and a source has revealed that the last week of their royal engagements was a bittersweet experience.
The clock keeps ticking for Harry and Meghan's exit from Buckingham Palace as senior working members of the British Monarchy. The couple has already made their final public appearance in their official roles, and are looking forward to March 31.
Their final rounds of official engagements, part of which was the Commonwealth Service, where they made their last public appearance as senior working members of the Royal Family, has been described as bittersweet by a royal family insider.
A source reported to PEOPLE in the publication's latest issue that Harry and Meghan's last week as senior royals was bittersweet, adding that it was sad for them because they tried.
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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
The couple will step into a new phase of life, independent of the Royal Family, starting from April 1, 2020. However, many people will miss Harry and Meghan, who gave a glimpse of their essence in their last official week, described as poignant by another source.
Despite the Sussexes' best efforts to make their final public appearance warm and positive, the occasion was strained somewhat by the halfhearted exchange of pleasantries between them and the Kensington Royals.
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This morning, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was christened in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle at an intimate service officiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are so happy to share the joy of this day with members of the public who have been incredibly supportive since the birth of their son. They thank you for your kindness in welcoming their first born and celebrating this special moment. Their Royal Highnesses feel fortunate to have enjoyed this day with family and the godparents of Archie. Their son, Archie, was baptised wearing the handmade replica of the royal christening gown which has been worn by royal infants for the last 11 years. The original Royal Christening Robe, made of fine Honiton lace lined with white satin, was commissioned by Queen Victoria in 1841 and first worn by her eldest daughter. It was subsequently worn for generations of Royal christenings, including The Queen, her children and her grandchildren until 2004, when The Queen commissioned this handmade replica, in order for the fragile historic outfit to be preserved, and for the tradition to continue. Photo credit: Chris Allerton ©️SussexRoyal
When William and Kate arrived at the venue of the service, Harry and Meghan were already seated, the latter greeted them, but their reply was minimal and without any show of emotion.
The couple shared two photos from the meeting on their official Instagram page, with one of the pictures showing them laughing heartily
Both couples also left the venue without speaking to each other or saying goodbye. The situation only strengthened the rumors that all is not well within the Royal Family.
However, Harry's lunch with the Queen at the Windsor Castle gave a hint of healing within the family; the Queen also invited her grandson and his wife to join her at the church.
Harry and Meghan were, however, all smiles when they hosted young individuals at Buckingham Palace, in their roles as President and Vice President of the Queen's Commonwealth Trust (QCT).
The couple shared two photos from the meeting on their official Instagram page, with one of the pictures showing them laughing heartily, while the second photograph was a groupie with the young leaders of the QCT.
Prince Harry arrived in the United Kingdom before his wife, and when she finally joined him, they stepped out together for the annual Endeavour Funds Award in London on March 5.
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Sharing an outtake from filming last week for @Queens_CommonWealth_Trust (QCT) as The Duke and Duchess of Sussex met with young leaders in their roles as President and Vice President. Visit our stories to see the QCT highlights from the discussion with these inspiring individuals and find out more about the amazing work they do at @Queens_Commonwealth_Trust • Photo The Duke and Duchess of Sussex / Chris Allerton / Crossfire for QCT
The couple made an entrance into the venue under an umbrella held by the Prince due to the rain, and when the cameramen flashed their camera lights at the couple, it made a sweet spectacle.
Meghan looked gorgeous in a fitted teal dress made by Victoria Beckham, while her husband wore a navy suit and light blue tie. The world awaits what Harry and Meghan have in store when they start living independent lives.