Thursday 23 May 2019

Kate and Harry put on a united front in London while Prince William begins New Zealand tour

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (L) and Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, (R) arrive to attend a service of commemoration and thanksgiving to mark Anzac Day in Westminster Abbey in London on April 25, 2019
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (L) and Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, (R) arrive to attend a service of commemoration and thanksgiving to mark Anzac Day in Westminster Abbey in London on April 25, 2019
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the ANZAC Day Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey on April 25, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the ANZAC Day Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey on April 25, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the ANZAC Day Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey on April 25, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the ANZAC Day Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey on April 25, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the ANZAC Day Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey on April 25, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the ANZAC Day Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey on April 25, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the ANZAC Day Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey on April 25, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
The Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex attend the Anzac Day Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey, London
The Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex leaving the Anzac Day Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey, London
The Duchess of Cambridge leaves the Anzac Day Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey, London
The Duchess of Cambridge attends the Anzac Day Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey, London
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the Anzac Day service at Westminster Abbey in London, Britain. April 25, 2019. Victoria Jones/Pool via REUTERS
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Britain's Prince Harry made a surprise last minute appearance alongside his sister-in-law Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey today.

As rumours of in-fighting between Harry and his brother Prince William have followed the family for months, he and Kate, who have always had a strong friendship, put on a united front at the Anzac Day service. William, meanwhile, arrived in New Zealand this morning to begin his tour there at the request of prime minister Jacinda Ardern.

Kate, wearing a turquoise Catherine Walker coat dress and feathered fascinator by Jane Taylor, beamed as she arrived alongside Harry, putting paid to any rumours of tension between them. Meghan Markle, who is on her maternity leave preparing for the arrival of her first child, was absent from the ceremony as expected.

Harry's last-minute addition to the royal line-up indicates Meghan is showing no signs so far of giving birth soon, with the duke able to leave his wife to attend the hour-long memorial in central London.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the ANZAC Day Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey on April 25, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the ANZAC Day Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey on April 25, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

While the couples have not directly addressed th rumours, Meghan and Harry wished their nephew Prince Louis a happy first birthday from their Sussex Royal Instagram account. And Harry and Kate are said to be extraordinarily close despite the reported rift between the brothers with Entertainment Tonight saying Harry considers her "the sister he never had". Earlier this week, they shared a positive exchange at Windsor Castle for Easter service while Harry and William avoided each other.

Read more: Timeline: An in-depth look at the history of the Harry vs William feud rumours

The appearace comes as the Sunday Times reported that the newlywed Sussexes are being lined up for a role in Afirca to capitalise on their "rock star" international status.

The duke and duchess, who are already president and vice-president of the Queen's Commonwealth Trust, have been in discussions with advisers over a "bespoke" international role for the next phase of their work in Britain's royal family.

Meanwhile the Duke of Cambridge is in New Zealand where he paid tribute to those who lost their lives in battle by attending a service in Auckland.

Anzac Day - April 25 - marks the anniversary of the start of the First World War Gallipoli landings, and is a national day of remembrance for Australia and New Zealand.

The Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex leaving the Anzac Day Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey, London
The Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex leaving the Anzac Day Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey, London

The traditional church service in London will incorporate an Act of Remembrance, the Last Post and the words of modern Turkey's founder Kemal Ataturk from Anzac Cove, read by the Turkish ambassador to the UK.

Thousands of Anzac troops - Australian and New Zealand Army Corps - died in the ill-fated 1915 campaign.

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