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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex | Catherine, Princess of Wales | Source: Getty Images
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Kate & Meghan Were Very Diligent about What to Wear to Funeral & Paid Tribute to the Queen Differently

Olawale Ogunjimi
Sep 20, 2022
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  • Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth in a common way, despite their unpleasantness.

  • Prince Harry was not allowed to wear the traditional military uniform to his grandmother's funeral.

  • Camilla, Queen Consort, did not wear any accessory from Her Majesty's collection, but she donned a significant piece.

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On September 19, 2022, the service for the state funeral of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, took place at Westminster Abbey in London.

King Charles III, Royal Family members, and about 500 kings and queens, presidents, and prime ministers were in attendance to pay their last respects.

Prince William, Prince of Wales, Tim Laurence, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Peter Phillips, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, King Charles III, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, and Anne, Princess Royal, during the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Prince William, Prince of Wales, Tim Laurence, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Peter Phillips, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, King Charles III, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, and Anne, Princess Royal, during the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

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About 2000 guests were present at Westminster Abbey, while over four billion people tuned in worldwide to witness the memorable occasion.

Queen Elizabeth's funeral marked the tenth state funeral in British history. A state funeral for a monarch had not been seen in Britain since 1952 — for King George VI, Queen Elizabeth's father. The 11 a.m. somber ceremony began with a procession of the late monarch's coffin from the Palace of Westminster to the Abbey.

During the procession, members of the Royal Family lined up behind the coffin, decorated with the Royal flag, orb, and scepter. It was an emotional moment for those present and the multitude who tuned in to witness the ceremony.

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King Charles III, Camilla, Queen Consort, Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, during the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

King Charles III, Camilla, Queen Consort, Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, during the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Following the procession, the Dean of Westminster, Dr. David Hoyle, continued leading the service, during which the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, delivered the sermon.

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In addition, the congregation gave a beautiful rendition of the hymn "The Lord's My Shepherd," which was also sung at Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip's 1947 wedding.

King Charles III, Camilla, Queen Consort, Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, during the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

King Charles III, Camilla, Queen Consort, Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, during the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

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Ultimately, the entire ceremony was worth the attention it received. Meanwhile, the activities that went down at the Queen's state funeral are not the only reason the event has been in the news.

The Prince and Princess of Wales and Sussexes' lack of communication during the service has also sparked reactions from outlets. It is no news that the two families were estranged for a while but appeared to be on the path of peace after the Queen died.

However, during the funeral, Prince Harry, Prince William, Meghan Markle, and Kate Middleton reportedly tried to avoid a reunion as much as possible.

Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince George of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Catherine, Princess of Wales, during the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince George of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Catherine, Princess of Wales, during the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

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A report from the New York Post alleged that the Prince and Princess of Wales snubbed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex during the state funeral.

Queen Elizabeth had previously worn the necklace for a state banquet in Bangladesh in 1983, while the earrings were a gift for her 1947 wedding.

Then, later in the day, during the Committal Service at St George's Chapel, Prince George and Princess Charlotte reportedly separated the two families from a possible interaction.

King Charles III, Camilla, Queen Consort, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince George of Wales, and Princess Charlotte of Wales watch the funeral procession as it passes through Wellington Arch during the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on September 19, 2022, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

King Charles III, Camilla, Queen Consort, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince George of Wales, and Princess Charlotte of Wales watch the funeral procession as it passes through Wellington Arch during the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on September 19, 2022, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

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The lack of communication was a topic of discussion, especially as the foursome had reunited on different occasions in the days leading up to the funeral.

Hours later, after the event, body language experts shared their thoughts on why they believed Markle kept her distance from Middleton and other members of the latter's family during the service. According to Body Language Expert Blanca Cobb, one of the reasons was Markle's continued tension with the Royal Family.

Peter Phillips, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Earl of Snowdon, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex leave the Abbey at the State Funeral Service for Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Peter Phillips, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Earl of Snowdon, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex leave the Abbey at the State Funeral Service for Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

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She further revealed to Us Weekly that standing behind Kate and her family signified "a possible emotional distance." Cobb also suggested that the former actress decided to keep a distance out of respect. In the expert's words:

"Perhaps she wanted to give them space. Or she needed some space to reflect and think. If she believes that their relationship is strained, then it's possible she stood back."

From another angle, Cobb claimed that Markle's body language reflected submission to the late monarch. According to the expert, the Duchess of Sussex had her arms close to her side or in front of her.

William, Prince of Wales, Prince George of Wales, Princess Charlotte of Wales, Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the state funeral and burial of Britain's Queen Elizabeth at Westminster Abbey in London, Britain, on September 19, 2022. | Source: Getty Images

William, Prince of Wales, Prince George of Wales, Princess Charlotte of Wales, Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the state funeral and burial of Britain's Queen Elizabeth at Westminster Abbey in London, Britain, on September 19, 2022. | Source: Getty Images

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Cobb revealed that posture was a closed body language move that showed respect to keep the attention off oneself. According to Cobb, the funeral was about Queen Elizabeth, not Markle. She further told the outlet:

"This particular moment of watching Queen Elizabeth's coffin wasn't the time to interact with anyone. It was a time to show deference to the Queen and Her Majesty's funeral proceedings."

Markle and Middleton Honor the Queen with Their Outfits

Despite Markle and Middleton's unpleasantness, the duo chose to pay tribute to the Queen in a common way. The Duchess of Sussex and Princess of Wales wore symbolic jewelry to honor Her Majesty at her state funeral service.

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Camilla, Queen Consort, Prince George of Wales, Catherine, Princess of Wales, and Princess Charlotte of Wales during the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Camilla, Queen Consort, Prince George of Wales, Catherine, Princess of Wales, and Princess Charlotte of Wales during the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Middleton donned Bahrain pearl drop earrings and a four-strand Japanese pearl choker necklace. Both accessories once belonged to Her Majesty.

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Queen Elizabeth had previously worn the necklace for a state banquet in Bangladesh in 1983, while the earrings were a gift for her 1947 wedding.

Catherine, Princess of Wales, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince George, and Princess Charlotte arrive at the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, held at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Catherine, Princess of Wales, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince George, and Princess Charlotte arrive at the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, held at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

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The Princess of Wales wore the earrings and necklace at Prince Phillip's funeral in 2021 and also donned the pearl drop earrings at Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June 2022. Relatively, Markle also honored her grandmother-in-law with her choice of jewelry.

The Duchess of Sussex wore a pair of pearl and diamond drop earrings, which the Queen had reportedly gifted her for their first joint engagement, after Markle's 2018 wedding.

Besides the jewelry, the former actress also wore a black version of the caped Stella McCartney dress she wore in navy blue to the late Monarch's 92nd birthday in 2018.

Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince George of Wales, and Princess Charlotte of Wales during the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince George of Wales, and Princess Charlotte of Wales during the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

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Markle was also clad in the black version of the Stephen Jones hat she wore in white during Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Meanwhile, Middleton and Markle's outfits are not the only ones that have left much talking.

Their husbands' and Camilla's outfits have also sparked a series of occasions. For the occasion, the Prince of Wales donned the traditional military uniform for working members of the Royal Family. On the other hand, the Duke of Sussex was clad in a morning suit on which his medals were pinned.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, during the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, during the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

The Queen consort chose a significant accessory, even though it was not a piece from Queen Elizabeth's collection.

Camilla, Queen Consort, donned the Hesse Diamond Jubilee Brooch, an heirloom with Sapphire drops and a heart of diamonds that belonged to Queen Victoria. Ultimately, it was great to see members of the Royal household honor the Queen with significant pieces.

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