Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Just Made Their Last Official Appearance as Senior Royals
They reunited with Prince William and Kate Middleton for the bittersweet occasion.
The annual Commonwealth Service is known to be a royal-studded event, but this year was notable for another reason: The function brought Meghan Markle and Prince Harry together with Kate Middleton and Prince William as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended their last official event as senior royals, People reports. The service at Westminster Abbey marked the last of many recent outings for Meghan and Prince Harry, who made several appearances at their final royal functions since touching down in the United Kingdom last week. As of March 31, they will have officially stepped down from their responsibilities.
The royal couples were all smiles as they greeted each other at the event; Meghan was seen waving to her in-laws as they took their seats. The outlet also noted that this the group's first reunion since they were last spotted together on Remembrance Day back in November. "They are on different paths now," a People insider previously shared about the royal duos. "It's just the reality of the situation."
The event, itself, differed from Commonwealth Days past. The couples—typically a part of the Queen's procession—were led to their seats this year as Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall made their way into the event on their own.
While the service marked the end of an era for the royal family, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's choice to live independently of the Crown was an intentional one. "This decision [to leave] had been weighing on them for a long time, and they are relieved to have it done," a source told People. "A weight has been lifted off their shoulders." Though Prince Harry and Meghan will no longer attend functions as senior royals, the two will still serve as the president and vice president of Queen Elizabeth's Commonwealth Trust.