Harry and Meghan stayed in the UK last night after reuniting with members of the royal family to mourn the Queen, but are expected to leave for California “as soon as possible” after not seeing Archie and Lilipet for nearly three weeks.
The Sussex family arrived in Britain on 3 September for the first time since the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June. They were only expecting to stay for a while but with the news that Her Majesty was ill, Prince Harry canceled his appearance at the WellChild Awards in London and rushed to Balmoral.
Although the Duchess of Sussex did not join him in Scotland, she was by his side for a series of official events during the 10-day period of mourning, including yesterday’s funeral.
The Sussex family arrived in Britain on 3 September for the first time since the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June. Pictured: They were guided to their seats by the Prince and Princess of Wales at St George’s Chapel yesterday
The Sussexes were placed in second row at the Abbey, and Harry was forbidden to wear his uniform as he was no longer a senior royal.
It has been reported that the Sussex family are planning to return to the US at the end of the week as soon as possible, although informed sources told The Times last night that the couple are still in the UK.
Harry was seen puffing his cheeks yesterday evening while riding in a car with Meghan after an emotional day that finally saw Queen Elizabeth II take a break with her beloved husband Prince Philip.
The Duke of Sussex and members of the royal family, including King Charles III and the Queen’s consort, Camilla, were pictured leaving St George’s Chapel in Windsor yesterday afternoon after a funeral prayer for the late King.
In what was the royal family’s longest day, the Queen’s relatives returned to Windsor Castle for some rest before returning to St George’s Chapel for a private burial later that night.
There they witnessed Her Majesty the Queen being interred with the Duke of Edinburgh at a mass held by the Dean of Windsor at King George VI Memorial Chapel.
It was the only part of yesterday that wasn’t televised, as billions of people around the world are believed to have watched a portion of the processions and services in honor of Her Majesty.
The Duchess of Sussex was visibly emotional during the state funeral and the burial of her husband’s grandmother in London yesterday
Harry and Meghan side by side as they leave Westminster Abbey yesterday afternoon
At the start of the day, members of the royal family – including Prince George, nine, Princess Charlotte, seven, and thousands of world leaders and distinguished foreign dignitaries gathered at Westminster Abbey for the late King’s funeral service.
Harry appeared visibly emotional during the procession and inside the church, as did Meghan, who was seen wiping away tears at the ceremony.
The Sussexes were placed in second row at the Abbey, and Harry was forbidden to wear his uniform or salute as the Queen’s coffin passed over the coffin during the pre-service procession due to his not being a high-ranking royal.
Prince Harry was seen sighing as he got into a car with Meghan after the Queen’s prayers in Windsor yesterday afternoon.
On September 10, the couple were invited to join the Prince and Princess of Wales to inspect a floral salute outside Windsor Castle
The week saw several rare displays of public unity between the royal family and Harry and Meghan.
On September 10, the couple were invited to join the Prince and Princess of Wales for a floral salute outside Windsor Castle, while yesterday William was seen guiding Harry and Meghan to their seats during the subsequent service at St George’s Chapel.
But onlookers noted the lack of warmth or eye contact between the two brothers.
Yesterday, Harry was seen solemnly walking on the lawn outside St George’s Chapel in Windsor ahead of the Queen’s performance, speaking with his aunt Princess Anne and her husband, Vice-Admiral Sir Tim Lawrence.
The Sussexes have not seen their children, Archie, three, and Lilibert, one, in nearly three weeks.
In service, Her Majesty was interred with Prince Philip, along with her husband, father, mother and sister, as her 70-year reign ended with the removal of her crown, orb, and scepter from her coffin.
Her eldest son and new king, King Charles III, seemed deeply moved when his mother’s remains were disembarked on a day he appeared to weep on a number of occasions as he bid farewell to his mother, the 12th British monarch to be interred at Windsor.
Last night a smaller and more private burial service was held, where the Queen’s family finally had a chance to pay their respects to her and mourn her passing away from the public eye.
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