The Fits alum, 41, adopted behind the late monarch’s royal procession from Buckingham Palace on Wednesday, September 14, in a automotive as husband Prince Harry walked alongside Prince William, King Charles III and extra. When the procession reached its destination, Meghan stood with Princess Kate and Queen Consort Camilla, all of whom have been wearing black. Because the coffin was carried into the chapel, the Duchess of Sussex dipped right into a curtsey and bowed her head. Different members of the royal household gave the identical admiring welcome.
Meghan’s greeting echoes a similar one demonstrated by Princess Anne earlier this week. The Princess Royal, 72, was on the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Sunday, September 11, as her late mom’s casket arrived on its approach to St Giles Cathedral. The coffin was draped with the royal customary of Scotland and topped with flowers, and Anne bent her knees as a sign of respect.
The queen died on Thursday, September 8, at age 96. She is survived by Anne, her solely daughter, and three sons — Charles, 73, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward — whom she shared with the late Prince Philip. Elizabeth’s eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren additionally keep it up her legacy.
Harry, 37, and Meghan have remained within the U.Okay. as the official mourning period continues. The couple stepped down from their senior royal duties in 2020 and relocated to California, the place they’re elevating son Archie, 3, and daughter Lilibet, 15 months. Their little lady’s identify is a nod to the queen, who was given the nickname “Lilibet” by her late husband.
Meghan has not but spoken at length concerning the royal matriarch’s passing, however the Duke of Sussex issued a heartfelt statement on Monday, September 12. “In celebrating the lifetime of my grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen — and in mourning her loss — we’re all reminded of the guiding compass she was to so many in her dedication to service and obligation. She was globally admired and revered. Her unwavering grace and dignity remained true all through her life and now her eternal legacy,” he wrote. “Allow us to echo the phrases she spoke after the passing of her husband, Prince Philip, phrases which may deliver consolation to all of us now: ‘Life, after all, consists of ultimate partings in addition to first conferences.’”
The previous army pilot went on to reward his “Granny” for her dedication to her nation. “You’re already sorely missed, not simply by us, however by the world over. And because it involves first conferences, we now honor my father in his new position as King Charles III,” he famous.
Regardless of their exit from their senior roles, Meghan and her husband have been concerned within the occasions main as much as Elizabeth’s state funeral. The twosome joined William and Kate, each 40, for a rare joint appearance on Saturday, September 10, as they walked around the Windsor grounds to view tributes left within the queen’s honor. William prolonged the invitation himself, a supply solely instructed Us Weekly.
“For all of their variations prior to now, a lot of which nonetheless linger, this was what The Queen would have wanted and William knew very nicely that it was no time to be holding onto grudges or distancing himself from his brother,” a second supply defined. “They wanted to placed on a united entrance and pay their respects for her sake in addition to the monarchy as an entire and the individuals she served so tirelessly throughout her reign.”