Prince Harry and Meghan Markle played a side role yesterday in the first part of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations with some Royal sources claiming the pair were "nervous" ahead of their big reveal.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex kept an uncharacteristic low profile for the Trooping the Colour parade – their first UK public appearance together since they quit their royal roles in 2020.
The pair watched the parade from a private window inside Horse Guard's Parade with Harry refusing to emerge onto a balcony to watch the Queen’s birthday parade, the Mirror reports.
The couple have earned a reported £100million since quitting The Firm in favour of seeking their “financial independence”, promised Her Majesty they would “do nothing to overshadow” her historic celebration.
Sources close to the couple have revealed they were “perhaps understandably nervous” ahead of their trip where they would meet the Cambridge face to face after slating them in an interview with US chat show queen Oprah Winfrey.
In the bombshell two hour chat, watched by more than a 80million people around the world, Harry and Meghan accused a senior royal of racism who they refused to name, after they allegedly questioned how dark their unborn children would be.
Former actress Meghan, 40, sent further shockwaves through the monarchy after revealing she felt suicidal after feeling abandoned by the family when she was pregnant with her first child, Archie, now three.
Courtiers had privately questioned what kind of atmosphere would emerge when Meghan and the Duchess of Cambridge also came face to face for the first time since their departure from royal life.
In the explosive Oprah interview, Meghan railed against the Palace for refusing to correct a story that she had made Kate, 40, cry at a dress fitting before her wedding to Prince Harry.
Palace aides reacted with horror when Meghan claimed to a global TV audience that the opposite had occurred and Kate actually made her cry, without giving further evidence or context to the event.
But in remarkable scenes that royal sources tonight admitted they thought would be “unlikely” to ever happen given the dramatic fallout from their exit from royal life, Meghan and Harry were pictured smiling and joking after watching the majestic Trooping ceremony from the Major General’s Office overlooking Horse Guards Parade.
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Meghan was pictured looking stunning while giving a playful shush to Mia and Lena Tindall, the young daughters of Zara and Mike Tindall, as she beamed in a wide-brimmed cream hat with navy ribbon.
The couple were also pictured chatting to the Duke of Kent, the Queen’s cousin, 86, who stood alongside Her Majesty on the Buckingham Palace balcony to watch the final part of the Trooping parade to salute the soldiers.
A royal source said: “It’s fair to say that things between the Duke and Duchess and the rest of the family have been strained to say the least in recent times.
“But so far they have kept to themselves and their promise that they wouldn’t overshadow the celebrations.”
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