Prince Harry and Meghan Markle came together with other royal members for the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle marked their final royal engagement on 9 March 2020 by attending the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey. According to Westminster Abbey's official website, the service is the largest annual inter-faith gathering and celebrates the people and cultures of the 54 Commonwealth nations.
According to CNN, the couple appeared hand in hand along with the Queen, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla; Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton; and Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex, Sophie.
Prince Harry was dressed in a blue suit while Meghan Markle looked elegant in a bright green dress along with a cape and a cap. Unlike past services, the Sussexes and the Cambridges were not part of the Queen's procession. Instead, the couples were directly seated at the church, according to Page Six.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle sat alongside Harry’s uncle Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, while Prince William and Kate sat in the front row. According to People, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were seen avoiding eye contact with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. However, 35-year-old Harry was seen greeting his brother with a "hello".
The brothers seemed distant throughout the event and were not seen interacting much with each other. "They are on different paths now. It’s just the reality of the situation," said a source to People, previously.
The Commonwealth Service interactions seemed to suggest the presence of some tension between the brothers. While Meghan and Harry were seen speaking only with Prince Edward, Kate was seen conversing only with Prince William and Prince Edward's wife, according to People.
Meanwhile, this is the first royal get-together since Harry and Meghan's stepping down announcement in November 2019. The two couples were not seen together since then. After this event, the Sussexes will start a new chapter in their lives away from royalty.
According to Independent, their office at the Buckingham Palace will close on 31 March 2020. As per the Sussexroyal official website, the couple will "step back from Royal duties and not undertake representative duties on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen." This means that this is effectively the last time they represent the Queen. Unless they choose to go back later.
However, the queen reportedly told her grandson that he is will “always be welcomed back.”
Despite the Queen's gesture, Prince Harry seems to have started embracing his life as a common citizen. The Prince made headlines when he asked people to address him by his first name while attending a travel conference in Scotland on 26 February 2020.
The young royal's low key appearance at the event also showed he was ready to slip away from his royal life, according to BBC News.