Later today, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will make their last appearances as senior working members of the royal family, when they join Prince William and Kate Middleton for the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey.
It's no surprise the Duke and Duchess of Sussex agreed to attend this event; it's one they've gone to at the Queen's request for the past few years. But this year, it seems, there'll be a difference. Just hours before the service is due to start (it begins at 3pm this afternoon, Monday 9 March), Buckingham Palace confirmed that Meghan and Harry would not be taking part in the Queen's procession through Westminster Abbey at the start of the ceremony.
As the Daily Mail's royal correspondent, Rebecca English, posted on Twitter, unlike last year Harry and Meghan "will be conducted to their seats rather than waiting for the Queen's arrival and walking through the Abbey with the monarch and other senior royals."
At first, it seemed obvious as to why; if the Sussexes are no longer going to be senior royals (as of March 31) then there's no need for them to take part in every formal aspect of the event.
But according to new speculation, William and Kate are also thought to be forgoing the procession. Despite the fact the order of service has reportedly already been printed, the Mirror claims neither royal couple will make a formal entrance alongside the Queen. A source reportedly claims the amendments were made yesterday, just one day before the event, but neither Buckingham nor Kensington Palace have confirmed this to be true, or shared an explanation as to why this might be.
It remains to be seen whether this is the case, and the Queen will only be joined by Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall during the official entrance. But even if the Cambridges and the Sussexes aren't part of today's procession, we'll at least see them all out together for one final time in an official royal capacity.
It's the end of an era... and who knows, maybe the four of them will all go and get pissed on champagne afterwards to celebrate the start of Meghan and Harry's new life. I hope that's the plan, anyway.
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