Prince Harry, Meghan Markle snubbed with seating arrangement at Queen’s funeral

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle snubbed

 

No one puts Harry in a corner … except the royal family. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle did not join Prince William, Kate Middleton or other family members who sat in the front row at Westminster Abbey in London on Monday for Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral. Instead, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were squished in a corner at the end of the second row beside Princess Beatrice and her husband, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.

 

 

William and Harry, who have had a strained relationship over the past few years, were as far away from each other as could be, separated by the church aisle. Meanwhile, King Charles III, Queen Consort Camilla and the newly anointed Prince and Princess of Wales were seated in the front pew. William and Middleton, both 40, somberly sat with their eldest children, Prince George, 9, and Princess Charlotte, 7. Their youngest, Prince Louis, 4, was not in attendance.

 

Queen’s funeral

Princess Eugenie and husband Jack Brooksbank were also across the aisle, along with Prince Andrew’s ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson. Meanwhile, Andrew sat in the front row next to Princess Anne’s children, Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips. Earlier in the procession, Harry, 38, and Markle, 41, somberly walked behind William and Middleton as they trailed the Queen’s coffin.

 

 

Harry noticeably was not able to wear his military uniform as he mourned the loss of his grandmother. He was, however, granted permission to wear his uniform to the Queen’s vigil days prior. Instead, Harry wore a black suit for the funeral, while Markle mirrored Middleton’s look in a black dress and a black hat. The “Suits” alum subtly honored the Queen by wearing earrings gifted to her by the late monarch.

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Markle and Harry, who moved to California in 2020 after resigning from their royal duties, have been in the UK to mourn the Queen alongside William and Middleton since the longest-reigning monarch in British history died at the age of 96 on Sept. 8. Harry, who rushed to be by the Queen’s side before she died but arrived hours late, reportedly learned of his grandmother’s death five minutes before it was announced to the public.

 

 

This isn’t the first time Harry and Markle have taken a back seat from conducting royal duties. The couple did not stand with their other royal family members on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebration in June and they stayed low-key throughout their visit.

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