There was great concern that they could steal the show from the Queen on her jubilee. But so far Harry and Meghan have been holding back with their performances. The meetings with the monarch take place in private.

Duchess Kate shone in pastel yellow, Princess Beatrice chose a muted blue, her sister opted for bright orange and Zara Tindall shone in rich pink. Duchess Meghan, on the other hand, came in neutral white to the thanksgiving service that took place this Friday in London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral in honor of Queen Elizabeth. Her wardrobe choices almost seemed as if she didn’t want to be noticed at all in her first appearance for the royal family since she and Prince Harry officially announced their retirement two years ago.

For the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s throne, Harry and Meghan traveled from California to Great Britain with their children Archie and Lilibet. Beforehand there was a great concern that the Sussexes could steal the show from the jubilarian. After all, the couple had repeatedly made headlines in recent months. With interviews in which they accused the royal family of racism and Prince Harry sharply criticized his family. With a threatened legal dispute over personal protection and security costs. And also through her deal with the streaming provider Netflix. In April, for example, Harry and Meghan traveled to the “Invictus Games” in the Netherlands and were sometimes accompanied by cameras. Many Britons feared that they could also use the Queen’s jubilee to present themselves.

The Queen has met her great-granddaughter Lilibet

So far, however, the rapprochement between Harry, Meghan and the royal family has been taking place away from the public. They followed the “Trooping the Color” parade behind closed doors to kick off the celebrations at Buckingham Palace. Paparazzi footage showed Harry and Meghan chatting with the Duke of Kent, the Queen’s cousin, and joking with Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips’ children. The Queen had previously ruled that only working members of the Royal Family would be allowed to appear on the balcony. And that’s not Harry and Meghan since 2020.

The couple was later seen in the car, probably on their way to Windsor. It was there that the Queen met her great-granddaughter Lilibet in person for the first time. This meeting also took place as a private gathering. Harry and Meghan’s daughter celebrates her first birthday on June 4th. Journalist Omid Scobie, a close confidant of Harry and Meghan, told the BBC there would be no big party or official photos. Archie and Lilibet have not yet met their cousins ​​either. Scobie promised that there would be another opportunity to do so in the coming days. But all this behind closed doors to the public.

Harry and Meghan have two priorities for their trip to London: honoring the Queen’s life and legacy and introducing her to their daughter. Talking to his brother William and his father Prince Charles is apparently secondary to Prince Harry. After appearing at the service, Harry and Meghan drove back to their Frogmore Cottage property while most of the other royals were still invited to a reception at London’s Guildhall.

Sources: “Daily Mail”, “The Sun”