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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle gathered in London on Thursday morning with Kate Middleton and the rest of the royal family to watch the Queen’s birthday parade, a much-anticipated moment in royal history, after the couple raised eyebrows with Harry’s family. Two years of vitriolic accusations.
However, they did not immediately appear at the televised event.
The California-based couple is said to have driven their children carefully to the Horse Guard parade in London, while some other family members arrived openly in carriages.
William and Kate’s three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, arrived in a royal carriage with their mother and step-grandmother Camilla. George was later seen on the balcony of a room known as the Major General’s Office, but neither Harry nor Meghan nor their children were to be seen as the proceedings progressed.
Their arrival was not caught on TV cameras and they were still absent from UK TV screens when the ceremony began at 11am, although palace sources have previously confirmed that Harry, Meghan and their two children will be in attendance.
The couple, who made their first joint visit to the UK since stepping back from royal life and moving to the US, landed in London on Wednesday afternoon, where they met the royal car the Queen had sent to pick them up, in what some interpreted as a gesture of reconciliation.
It had previously been announced that Harry and Meghan would not be on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, but it was revealed late on Wednesday night that Harry and Meghan would watch the ceremony from the military office, overlooking the Whitehall Parade, where the traditional event takes place, among other royals. accompanied by members.
While Prince William is on the parade grounds with his father Prince Charles, Kate, Camilla, Prince Edward and his wife Sophie will be joined by Harry and Meghan in the ceremonial military room to watch the event.
It is believed to be the first time Meghan and Kate have been in the same room since the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey in March 2020, when William and Kate almost completely ignored Harry and Meghan.
At least two protesters, one wearing a fake crown, were dragged away by police after trying to interrupt the opening time of the Queen’s Birthday parade. Shortly after the proceedings began at 10am, they jumped from the crowd and marched in front of soldiers in red to redistribute royal land along London’s main ceremonial street, The Mall.
The solder wasn’t stomped, and one of the protesters was nearly stomped underfoot.
Prince William and Kate said today they were “looking forward to celebrating” the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.