Thursday 14 November 2019

Meghan and Harry are on double duty for Remembrance Day at Westminster Abbey

The Duchess of Sussex during a visit to the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey in Westminster, London
The Duchess of Sussex during a visit to the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey in Westminster, London
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, arrives to visit the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey in London, Britain, November 7, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Meghan Duchess of Sussex attends the 91st Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey on November 07, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Meghan Duchess of Sussex attends the 91st Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey on November 07, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the launch of the National Emergencies Trust at St Martin-in-the-Fields on November 07, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)
Handout photo dated 06/11/19 issued by MoD showing the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, during a visit to Broom Farm Community Centre in Windsor
Handout photo dated 06/11/19 issued by MoD showing the Duchess of Sussex speaking to families from The Welsh Guards during a visit to Broom Farm Community Centre in Windsor
Handout photo dated 06/11/19 issued by MoD showing the Duchess of Sussex receiving a posy of flowers from Bonnie and Maggie Emanuel (mother and daughter), during a visit to Broom Farm Community Centre in Windsor
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the launch of the National Emergencies Trust at St Martin-in-the-Fields on November 07, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the launch of the National Emergencies Trust at St Martin-in-the-Fields on November 07, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry led the tributes at Westminster Abbey today, honouring Britain's fallen soldiers as past of the Remembrance Day commemorations.

Britain's Duke and Duchess of Sussex were on double duty as they also released images from a private trip to the Broom Farm Community Centre in Windsor from Thursday, during which they met with military families for the afternoon. The group meets on a weekly basis and the couple surprised everyone and discussed their baby son Archie's development with other parents.

Amy Thompson, whose husband Brad is attached to the Welsh Guards, told Army & You magazine: "My daughter Aeris is the same age as Archie and we talked about weaning and the children beginning to crawl – she’s just a normal mum and it was like talking to a friend."

Meanwhile, Meghan and Harry, who are scheduled to reunite with Kate Middleton and Prince William on Monday for Remembrance Day alongside other senior members of the royal family, paid their respects to the UK's servicemen and women by planting tiny crosses in the Field of Remembrance.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the 91st Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey on November 07, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the 91st Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey on November 07, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Harry, a former army captain who served in Afghanistan on two tours, is a devoted to promoting veteran's causes and described his time in the military as among the happiest in his life, and wore his Household Cavalry uniform for the occasion.

Meghan opted for a black and navy combination: a black midi dress underneath a navy wrap teddy coat, black leather Tamara Mellon boots and a Philip Treacy velvet fascinator.

The Sussexes will be making a number of public appearances over the coming days before they prepare to take a six week break from their royal duties, during which time they will head to Los Angeles to spend Thanksgiving with Meghan's mother Doria Ragland.

"The duke and duchess have a full schedule of engagements and commitments until mid-November, after which they will be taking some much-needed family time," a source told the Sunday Times.

Today marks their second joint appearance since their controversial documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey in which they spoke candidly about the difficulties facing them amid significant criticism from the public and the British tabloids.

"Look any woman especially when they're pregnant, you're really vulnerable, and so that was made really challenging, and then when you have a newborn," Meghan said in the programme.

Handout photo dated 06/11/19 issued by MoD showing the Duchess of Sussex receiving a posy of flowers from Bonnie and Maggie Emanuel (mother and daughter), during a visit to Broom Farm Community Centre in Windsor
Handout photo dated 06/11/19 issued by MoD showing the Duchess of Sussex receiving a posy of flowers from Bonnie and Maggie Emanuel (mother and daughter), during a visit to Broom Farm Community Centre in Windsor

"And especially as a woman, it's really, it's a lot. So, you add this on top of just trying to be a new mom or trying to be a newlywed. And also thank you for asking because not many people have asked if I'm okay, but it's a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes."

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