Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan are briefly with family members after the thanksgiving service, but the Sussexes are said to have missed the official reception after the event.

Heir to the throne Prince Charles, wife Duchess Camilla, Queen’s grandson Prince William and wife Duchess Kate met at the anniversary service on Friday afternoon at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. When Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan arrived at St. Paul’s Cathedral on Friday, a murmur went through the audience. A mixture of cheers, but in between there was also the occasional booing. A mood that also seems to be reflected in the royal ranks. Although the Sussexes attended the church ceremony yesterday, they are said to have skipped the private event afterwards. They probably wanted to avoid “joking around with the family,” a source told British news site The Sun.

Removed seats from the heirs to the throne in the Church

“Harry and Meghan were delighted to stop by Clarence House to see Charles en route to St Paul’s. But afterwards they weren’t interested in spending time with the family at a private reception where they greeted William and Kate would meet,” a palace insider told The Sun. The Sussexes shared distant seats in the church with Prince William and Duchess Kate, which also reflected their change in status. The exit royals sat in the second row behind the Wessex family and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.

They appeared at the church holding hands, with Prince Harry in their seats joking with Jack and Lady Sarah Chatto – daughter of the late Princess Margaret – sitting to Meghan’s left. However, there was no sign of even the slightest eye contact between the Sussexes and the Cambridges. After the procession, Prince Harry’s head was turned the other way and he looked away as Kate and William passed.

Quellen:Daily Mail, Mirror, The Sun