How crowds reacted to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at their first royal event in two years

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Photo credit: Samir Hussein - Getty Images
Photo credit: Samir Hussein - Getty Images

It's been over two years in the making: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle just publicly attended their first royal event since wrapping up their time as working members of the family, all the way back in March 2020.

For their last official act of service for the Queen, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended a Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey – and all eyes were on them (and their interactions with the likes of Prince William and Kate Middleton). Today, more than two years on, they made a special appearance and rejoined the family in a public setting, in honour of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

All the key - and extended - members of the royal family, bar the Queen herself, were in attendance at St Paul's Cathedral for the thanksgiving service celebrating the life and work of Her Majesty.

As expected, large crowds lined the streets leading up to the cathedral and when Meghan and Harry stepped out of their car, they were greeted (largely) by cheers from gathered well-wishers (unlike Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who was heavily booed following the recent Sue Gray report being released). Kier Starmer (leader of the Labour party) was mostly met with quiet apathy.

Photo credit: DAN KITWOOD - Getty Images
Photo credit: DAN KITWOOD - Getty Images

Much was said about the sort of reaction Meghan and Harry might receive at their first event with the royals after stepping down from their senior working positions (and their tell-all Oprah interview), so it's great to see that, on the whole, the crowd were mature and gave them a warm welcome – after all, we're not back in the Tudor times where booing and throwing rotten tomatoes at people is seen as an especially cool thing to do...

The fitting reception also stays in line with the message the Queen has been keen to put forth about that Sussexes in the press - that despite of them stepping down and speaking out about their grievances, they're still "much loved" members of the family.

While inside the cathedral, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were seen saying hello to Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice (and their respective husbands, Jack Brooksbank and Edo Mapelli Mozzi), along with Harry's uncle, Prince Edward, and his wife, Sophie Countess of Wessex. After the service, they were spotted chatting to Harry's cousin Zara, and her husband, Mike Tindall (a close pal of Prince William's).

Tomorrow the Sussexes will be celebrating their daughter Lilibet's first birthday and it's said that yesterday, she finally met her namesake, the Queen, at a private lunch after the Trooping the Colour event.

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