Why Meghan Markle and Princess Kate Were Not at the Queen's Vigil

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Photo credit: WPA Pool - Getty Images

Prince William and Prince Harry came together today to stand vigil for their late grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, but to some's surprise, their wives were not there will them.

A royal source told BAZAAR.com that Princess Kate and Duchess Meghan did not attend because the vigil was meant to be led only by the late monarch's grandchildren.

For the service—which took place at Westminster Hall at 6 p.m. U.K. time—Prince Harry and Prince William were joined by their cousins: Zara Tindall, Peter Phillips, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Lady Louise, and James, Viscount Severn.

William and Harry wore their military uniforms for the service, while the rest of the grandchildren wore morning coats and dark formal dresses with decorations.

For 15 minutes, William stood at the head of the queen's coffin, while Harry stood at the foot. Flanking William were Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips, and flanking Harry were Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie. Lady Louise and James, Viscount Severn, stood near the middle of the coffin.

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, and his wife, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, were also in attendance.

The final vigil for the queen comes ahead of her funeral, which will take place next Monday, September 19, at Westminster Abbey in London. Kate, Princess of Wales, and Meghan Markle will be present for that, as will the rest of the royal family, royals from other countries, and world leaders.

The event will be televised. Here's how to watch.

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