How Harry and Meghan passed the first test of their public appearance in the UK in two years

When the Duke and Duchess of Sussex got out of the car at Saint Paul’s Cathedral on Friday, they immediately attracted attention. When you are a world celebrity, you are a member of the royal family and you have not been seen in the UK for two years, after you left in controversial circumstances, it is difficult to go unnoticed. Not surprisingly, they seemed a little nervous. They held hands, and Meghan straightened the collar of her Dior coat. They talked to each other, but you could feel their caution, the BBC reports.

The Duke of Sussex’s gestures on arrival at St Paul’s Cathedral betray a slight nervousness Photo: Profimedia Images

The Duke of Sussex’s gestures on arrival at St Paul’s Cathedral betray a slight nervousness Photo: Profimedia Images
Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, attracted attention as soon as they arrived at St. Paul Photo: Profimedia Images
Dukes of Sussex, first public appearance in two years Photo: Profimedia Images
Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle has caused a stir since joining the royal family Photo: Profimedia Images
Harry and Meghan held hands all the time Photo: Profimedia Images
Service for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at St. Paul Photo: Profimedia Images
Meghan and Harry enter the cathedral and head to their seats Photo: Profimedia Images
The seats in the cathedral have been carefully allocated to avoid embarrassing situations Photo: Profimedia Images
Harry and Meghan are looking for their seats at St. Paul’s Cathedral. Paul Photo: Profimedia Images
The Dukes of Sussex have a conversation with their neighbors at the end of the service Photo: Profimedia Images
Next to Meghan was Lady Sarah Chatto, daughter of Princess Margaret Photo: Profimedia Images
Harry and Meghan were placed away from William and Kate Photo: Profimedia Images
Prince Harry sits next to Jack Brooksbank and his cousins ​​Eugenie and Beatrice Photo: Profimedia Images
Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank get along well with the Dukes of Sussex Photo: Profimedia Images
William, Kate, Charles and Camilla arrive at St Paul’s Cathedral service Photo: Profimedia Images
Harry and Meghan sat across the aisle from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Photo: Profimedia Images
Charles, Camilla, William and Kate sat in the front row Photo: Profimedia Images
The choreography of royal events is always careful and precise Photo: Profimedia Images
The Duke of Sussex has a conversation with other royal guests at the end of the St. Paul service. A face-to-face meeting with his brother was avoided Photo: Profimedia Images
Harry and Meghan talk to Peter Phillips, cousin of the Duke of Sussex Photo: Profimedia Images
Harry and Meghan were the focus of their first public appearance after two years Photo: Profimedia Images
Harry and Meghan were briefly booed as they left the cathedral Photo: Profimedia Images
Emotions for the Dukes of Sussex at their first public appearance in the UK after two years Photo: Profimedia Images
Fans of the royal family gathered near Saint Paul’s Cathedral Photo: Profimedia Images
The Dukes of Sussex, Meghan and Harry, breathe a sigh of relief after their first public appearance together, two years later in the UK Photo: Profimedia Images
The atmosphere was tense at the last public appearance of the Dukes of Sussex in March 2020 at Westminster Abbey Photo: Profimedia Images
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In front of St. Paul, where the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee was held, had gathered many people. Most of them were dedicated supporters of the royal family. Will they receive them well?

The day before, Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, had a discreet presence at the Trooping the Color military parade, which opened the series of events marking the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. Excluded from the official balcony of Buckingham Palace because they are no longer active members of the British Royal House, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex watched the parade with their children from the former office of the Duke of Wellington.

No photos were taken on their arrival in the UK, and Meghan and Harry had no public appearances and no interviews. According to the BBC, the two do not want to be accused of “stealing” the attention of the press and the public, in a festive period dedicated to Queen Elizabeth II, who is celebrating 70 years of his reign.

On Friday, however, their appearance at St. Paul couldn’t be more discreet.

And as the Harry-Meghan couple climbed the steps of the cathedral, the crowd applauded and cheered. It was a spontaneous and warm response, welcome for the two, who made their first public appearance together after two years in the UK.

Their last royal engagement was in March 2020, at the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey. At that time, the atmosphere was much darker. The frictions within the royal family were seen even in front of the cameras. Prince William and Prince Harry barely exchanged glances, though they sat side by side.

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How Harry and Meghan were arranged to avoid a direct encounter with William and Kate

The choreography of royal events is always careful and precise, and Friday was no exception. Prince Harry and Meghan were placed on the other side of the aisle facing the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, thus avoiding any awkward images. They sat with Princess Eugenie and her husband, Jack Brooksbank. Couples are close. Eugenie and Jack, along with their little one, visited the Sussex couple in California in February.

On their other side was Lady Sarah Chatto, the daughter of Princess Margaret and the queen’s beloved niece, a calm and comforting presence. It was an unsafe plan, the BBC said.

When the couple left the cathedral, however, a strange booing sound was heard from the crowd, but it was quickly lost amidst much applause. There was no real hostility.

Beyond the pomp, ceremony, parties and reflections, the Platinum Jubilee is also about the family, with all its flaws and tensions.

The queen was forced to attend the home service, but she had previously stated that, regardless of past or present problems, her nephew, Prince Harry, and his wife, Meghan, were welcome to celebrate the Jubilee.

The first public obstacle to Harry and Meghan’s brief return to royal duties has been successfully completed, the BBC concludes.

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Editor: Luana Pavaluca

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