The Sussexes Were "Quite Sensitive and Emotional" About Being Excluded from the Queen's Procession

Mehera Bonner

From Cosmopolitan

  • Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were reportedly "emotional" about not being included in the Queen's official Commonwealth Day Service arrival.

  • Kate and William reportedly diffused the situation.

Yesterday, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry joined Prince William, Kate Middleton, the Queen, and other members of the royal family for their last appearance as working royals at the Commonwealth Day Service. And in case you didn't notice, they looked incredible. But apparently there was a little behind-the-scenes drama re: protocol surrounding how everyone arrived.

Photo credit: Phil Harris - Getty Images
Photo credit: Phil Harris - Getty Images

This year, the Fab Four didn't walk in with the Queen as part of the official royal procession, and according to a Daily Mail source, Meghan and Harry were "quite sensitive and emotional about it." Understandable, considering the initial plan was apparently for Kate and William to walk with the Queen, Prince Charles, and Duchess Camilla—while Harry and Meghan were supposed to take their seats ahead of time.

Erm, I mean, sounds kinda rude to Meghan and Harry considering they are a) still part of the royal family, and b) were still technically working royals during this engagement.

According to The Daily Mail, William and Kate "stepped in to defuse the situation" and offered to join Harry and Meghan while they waited for the Queen, Charles and Camilla to arrive—which is why they were spotted sitting together early on.

Photo credit: PHIL HARRIS - Getty Images
Photo credit: PHIL HARRIS - Getty Images

For what it's worth, everyone seemed to get along just fine at the actual event—though body language expert Blanca Cobb told Cosmopolitan their greeting was "lackluster." More on the awkwardness this way.

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