Meghan Markle and Harry 'emotional' when told they weren't allowed in Queen's procession

By Mirror | Tuesday, Mar 10th 2020 at 16:06
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When the Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived at the Commonwealth Day Service - their final royal engagement - they took their seats with the rest of the guests.

Their arrival was a sharp contrast to their entrance at last year's celebration, when they chatted, hugged and kissed other members of the Royal Family before taking part in the Queen's procession.

But as they prepare to quit their roles in favour of a new life in Canada, Meghan and Harry were reportedly not permitted to take part this year.

The decision, which came directly from the Queen's office, hit the couple hard and they were "upset and emotional" when they were told, reports the Daily Mail .

The announcement was made yesterday morning, just hours before the Royals arrived at the abbey.

Another last-minute change saw the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also pull out, reportedly to try and defuse the tension between the Queen and the Sussexes .

The couple offered to join Meghan and Harry in skipping the procession, meaning they all waited for the service to start in their seats.

The decision was only made on Sunday, after the order of services were printed - meaning they were incorrect.

Buckingham Palace told the newspaper that the last minute changes weren't anything to worry about, saying there is "no set format" for the event.

However, no comment was made on why the order of services were wrong.

An aide said: "The Wessexes, Sussexes and Cambridges are all processing straight to their seats. The Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and The Queen are in the procession.

"It’s not unusual for Members of the Royal Family to be travelling in Commonwealth countries during Commonwealth week. There is no further comment."

Things appeared a tad awkward when the Fab Four came together in their seats, with Meghan and Harry in the second row with Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex behind Kate and William.

Last year Meghan and Kate greeted each other with a kiss on each cheek, but they seemed more reserved yesterday.

While it wouldn't have been possible for them to kiss, the two couples exchanged only one or two words as they waited for the Queen and Prince Charles to arrive.

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