Prince Harry and Meghan join royal family in Queen’s Thanksgiving service as Boris Johnson is booed by crowd

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan have been seen in public with the royal family for the first time since they quit as working royals two years ago.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, as members of the Royal Family for a National Service of Thanksgiving held at London’s St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday. occasion of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

However, the Queen was not present to attend the service, pulled out on Thursday night after experiencing “discomfort” during the day’s festivities, including a huge birthday parade through London and a Royal Air Force fly-past.

Buckingham Palace said the Queen “greatly enjoyed” Thursday’s parade but would not attend Friday’s service “with great reluctance”.

Prince Charles, heir to the throne, represented his mother at Friday’s service, as the Queen reportedly watched from her home in Windsor Castle.

It is the latest in a string of cancellations the Queen has had to make over what Buckingham Palace has described as “episodic mobility issues”.

The Queen canceled plans to attend the church service after citing discomfort after her brief appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. Reuters: Toby Melville

During Thursday’s performances on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, the Queen walked unaccompanied but using a cane.

She also used the large walking stick on Thursday night while lighting the main anniversary beacon at Windsor Castle.

Prince Willian and his wife Catherine outside the cathedral.
Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, attended the thanksgiving service.Reuters: Henry Nicholls

Also absent from the service was Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, who had tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday.

It would have been the most public appearance for the Duke since he settled a multimillion-dollar case in the United States with Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who alleged that the Prince sexually assaulted her in 2001, when she was 17 years old.

The Duke may have been spared the outrage at being booed by the crowd outside St. Paul’s, who loudly jeered the besieged British Prime Minister Boris Johnson as he arrived and climbed the cathedral steps with his wife Carrie.


But without Prince Andrew’s presence, most of the media and royal viewers’ attention was on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who were only making their second trip to the UK as a couple since an explosive tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey in March. last year. year.

During the two-hour television special, they shared why they had renounced royal duties and even said there were concerns in the palace about their first son Archie’s dark skin.

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, who wears a large white hat, have arrived at St Paul's Cathedral.
Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, arrive at St Paul’s Cathedral for the National Service of Thanksgiving.Reuters: Toby Melville

There were cheers and some cheers as they entered the cathedral.

Some media reported that the Queen met the couple’s daughter, Lilibet, for the first time on Thursday, but that has yet to be confirmed by the palace or the Sussexes.

Inside, the pair were joined by former British Prime Ministers and other Commonwealth political figures, during the service with prayers, Bible readings and hymns to give thanks for Queen Elizabeth’s 70-year reign.

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