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Meghan Markle at Queen’s Funeral Procession

Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle are mourning the royal family’s matriarch.

The Princess of Wales, 40, and the Duchess of Sussex, 41, were visibly emotional during the service saluting the arrival of Queen Elizabeth’s coffin at Westminster Hall Wednesday, where it will lie in state until her funeral next Monday.

Standing shoulder to shoulder with their husbands Prince William and Prince Harry, Kate and Meghan seemed to blink back tears before the monarch’s coffin, which was draped with the Royal Standard and raised on a catafalque.

There, they heard a blessing from Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury and quietly reflected before joining the processional out of Westminster Hall, during which Meghan and Harry, 37, held hands.

Both Kate and Meghan honored their grandmother-in-law at the service by wearing jewelry she had given them with her go-to stone: pearls.

The women walked out of the medieval hall behind King Charles III and his wife Queen Camilla, Princess Anne and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, 58 and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, with Anne’s son Peter Phillips and the Queen’s nephew David Armstrong-Jones, Earl of Snowdon, in their wake.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Arrive at the UN for Nelson Mandela Day

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are in New York City for a special address to the United Nations.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who relocated from the U.K. to Meghan’s home state of California in 2020, headed to the U.N. on Monday, where Harry gave a special address in honor of Nelson Mandela Day. The couple held hands as they entered the building, Meghan wearing a black dress and her pinky ring promoting women empowerment with her hair tied back in a ponytail.

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June 3 | Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee 2022 – National Service of Thanksgiving

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped out this morning in London to attend the national Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen at St. Paul’s Cathedral with other members of the royal family. Meghan leaned into her royal style and dressed up in all white Dior Haute Couture, pairing a belted coat dress with a chic white hat by Stephen Jones for Dior. She wore her hair up in a bun and had a smoky eye and nude lipstick on for makeup.

Meghan attended Trooping the Colour with Prince Harry yesterday, but the couple did not participate in the carriage procession or balcony flypast viewing due to their status as non-working royal family members. Harry and Meghan stepped back from their senior royal family roles in 2020.

Meghan was photographed in the window of the Major General’s Office in a wide-brimmed Stephen Jones hat and navy off-the-shoulder dress. She and Harry watched the parade with other members of the royal family there.

Meghan and Harry have kept their exact schedule for Platinum Jubilee events private. They arrived in London with Lili and Archie on Wednesday.

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April 17 | Invictus Games 2020 – Day 2

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are celebrating Easter on the sidelines for the Invictus Games.

After attending the event’s opening ceremony on Saturday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped out to watch some of the competition during the Invictus Games, including a volleyball match. Meghan, 40, sported jeans with a white coat, while Prince Harry, 37, wore the Invictus Games logo on a black quarter-zip sweater.

In addition to meeting — and posing for photos! — with a number of the athletes, Meghan and Harry also bent down to give pets to a competitor’s dog. The couple have two family dogs of their own in California, Guy and Pula.

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November 10 – 2021 Salute to Freedom gala

Meghan Markle joined Prince Harry at a special New York City event to honor veterans ahead of Veterans Day in the U.S. and Remembrance Day in the U.K.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived at the Intrepid Museum on Wednesday night for the 2021 Salute to Freedom gala in regal red carpet style: Harry sported a classic black suit and bow tie pinned with four medals and the cross for Knight Commander of Royal Victorian Order around his neck. Meghan wore a show-stopping red gown by Carolina Herrera with coordinating heels by Giuseppe Zanotti. Both adorned their outfits with a red poppy, the symbol used since 1921 to commemorate military members who have died in war. The Intrepid Museum’s Salute to Freedom gala recognizes extraordinary leadership and honors the men and women who serve.

When a reporter on the red carpet asked Meghan if she was proud of Prince Harry, she turned and said, “I’m always proud of him.”

The couple have been busy this week with their own separate endeavors leading up to Wednesday’s Gala. Duchess Meghan appeared on the New York Times’ Dealbook Online Summit to discuss the importance of paid parental leave for all and economic equity for women, while Harry was a guest speaker at a recent WIRED magazine conference, speaking out against misinformation online.

“Look, there’s certainly a precedent amongst my husband’s family and the royal family of not having any involvement in politics, but paid leave, from my standpoint, is a humanitarian issue,” said Meghan during her conversation. “My husband has always said, ‘With great privilege comes great responsibility,’ but even before I had any sort of privilege in my life, when my life and my lifestyle were very different, I always just stood up for what’s right.”

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September 23 – The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visit One World Observatory

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are taking a bite out of the Big Apple! The couple kicked off their cross-country trip to New York City on Thursday with a visit to One World Observatory at the World Trade Center with Mayor Bill de Blasio, the mayor’s wife Chirlane McCray, their son Dante de Blasio and Governor Kathy Hochel.

They both dressed in black for the occasion: Meghan sported a black turtleneck with matches trousers under a jacket with her hair pulled back into her signature low bun, while Harry sported a classic suit and tie. While posing for a group photo, Meghan was asked about her return to New York. “It’s wonderful to be back, thank you,” she replied.

Meghan, 40, and Prince Harry, 37, announced earlier this week that they were heading to New York for Saturday’s Global Citizen Live from Central Park “to continue their urgent work with world leaders in the pursuit of global vaccine equity to end the COVID-19 pandemic for everyone, everywhere,” according to Global Citizen. The duo previously served as Campaign Chairs of Global Citizen’s VAX Live: The Concert to Reunite the World, where Prince Harry gave an impassioned speech about the importance of vaccine equity.

New York City is a special place for Meghan. It’s where she reunited with friends — including Serena Williams, Amal Clooney, Gayle King and Jessica Mulroney — in February 2019 for a baby shower ahead of the birth of son Archie.

Meghan also returned to the Big Apple in September 2019 to support Williams in the US Open final.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Make TIME100 List

Harry and Meghan have made this year’s Time 100 Most Influential People of 2021 list with a short profile written by chef Jose Andres, who is founder of World Central Kitchen.

The Sussexes’ Archewell Foundation has partnered with the non-profit organisation, that helps feed communities worldwide, including in the aftermath of natural disasters.

In the piece for Time Magazine, Jose writes: “In a world where everyone has an opinion about people they don’t know, the Duke and Duchess have compassion for the people they don’t know. They don’t just opine. They run toward the struggle.”

Prince Harry and Meghan are joined by six other worldwide covers: gymnast Simone Biles, actor Kate Winslet, singer-songwriter Billie Eillish, director-general of the World Trade Organization Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, CEO of NVIDIA Jensen Huang and writer Cathy Park Hong.

The couple also wrote in praise of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for the publication’s annual list of Most Influential People, who became the first woman and the first African to lead the World Trade Organization.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Marked Remembrance Sunday in Los Angeles

On sunday morning, working members of the royal family gathered at the Cenotaph in London to pay tribute to Britain’s war dead on Remembrance Sunday. As the Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped back from royal life earlier this year and moved to North America, they were not at the event, but they still found their own way to honor the occasion in their new home state of California.

Harry and Meghan privately visited the Los Angeles National Cemetery, where they left flowers on the gravesites of two commonwealth soldiers, and placed a wreath at a memorial obelisk.

Harry and Meghan laid flowers on the gravesites of two commonwealth solders: one who had served in the Royal Australian Air Force, and another who had served in the Royal Canadian Artillery. Meghan had picked the blooms from their garden.

“It was important to the Duke and Duchess to be able to personally recognise Remembrance in their own way, to pay tribute to those who have served and to those who gave their lives,” a source tells Town & Country.

Earlier this week, Prince Harry appeared on the military podcast Declassified, where he reflected on the meaning of remembrance, describing it as “how we preserve the legacies of entire generations and show our gratitude for the sacrifices they made in order for us to be able to live the lives we live today.”

He left a wreath in front of an obelisk at the ceremony featuring the inscription: “In Memory of the Men Who Offered Their Lives in Defense of Their Country.”

Harry also left a message with the wreath, which read: “To all of those who have served, and are serving. Thank you.”

When Prince Harry stepped back from his royal duties, he had to give up his honorary military appointments. Per the Sunday Times, Harry asked for a wreath to be laid on his behalf at the Cenotaph in London today, but “was denied by courtiers on the grounds that he is no longer representing the monarchy.” The paper also reports that the Queen “was not made aware of her grandson’s wish.”

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Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Spotlight Military Veterans at Awards Ceremony

Outside London’s Mansion House venue, all eyes were on Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan as the dozens of cameras clicked away for their arrival at one of their final royal engagements.

But inside this year’s Endeavour Fund Awards, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex did all they could to ensure that the night—which celebrates the achievements of wounded, injured, and sick military personnel—was not about them.

Arriving at the evening ceremony, Harry quickly put the focus back on the servicemen and servicewomen who have spent the past year taking part in remarkable sporting and adventure challenges. “This is all about you guys!” he told wife of rowing marine Lee Spencer, Claire, during a reception for guests.

Both Harry and Meghan handed out awards at the annual ceremony, which was hosted by former Invictus Games medalist JJ Chalmers. The duchess was first to announce the Celebrating Excellence prize, honoring Guinness World Record holder Lee Spencer, who became the world’s first physically disabled person to row from Europe to South America solo and unsupported.

“It’s very nice to be back,” Meghan said of her return to the U.K., adding that she and Harry carried out their judging commitments from their Canada home. “It’s the most inspiring space … so I will say when we were watching the videos all the way from Canada we were like, ‘Who are we going to choose?’”

Prince Harry was on-hand to present the Henry Worsley Award to veteran Tom Oates, who is overcoming severe PTSD to dedicate his life to helping others through deptherapy—a specially adapted scuba diving program for injured military personnel and former members of the British Armed Forces.

“Meghan and I are so happy to be back here with you, to celebrate each and every one of you for your achievements, your service, and your resilience,” Harry, who served 10 years in the army, said in a speech. “For some, the military community represents a brotherhood or sisterhood that no other organization can provide, and for others, it’s a way of life which you never want to leave. For a lot of us, it’s both. Being able to serve Queen and Country is something we all are rightly proud of, and it never leaves us. Once served, always serving!”

The couple were left open-mouthed when the ceremony’s first winner, Danny Holland, was given the Recognizing Achievement Award for his success as a driver for “Mission Motorsport.” Holland, who has overcome mental health issues after being injured in an IED explosion in Afghanistan, got down on bended knee as he asked his “missus” for her hand in marriage. Both Harry and Meghan got up to cheer as the the audience applauded.

Since its 2012 launch, The Endeavour Fund has supported 108 projects with over $3.8 million in grants that has assisted over 6,000 servicemembers with opportunities to rediscover self-belief and fighting spirit through physical challenges.

As part of their agreement to step away from royal duties, Harry’s military appointments have been put on hold, but during his speech the duke reinforced his commitment to working with his patronages and organizations such as the Endeavour Fund. “[The fund] came from seeing the gaping hole that can be left after taking off that uniform,” he explained. “I firmly believe that there is an even greater future ahead. Our ambition is to build on what has been achieved—to expand the Endeavour Fund further so that its impact can be felt around the world.”

Harry’s speech coincided with an announcement that the Endeavour Fund will be working much more closely with the Invictus Games in the future. On Wednesday, March 4, Harry privately attended an Invictus Games Foundation and Royal Society evening reception after the two organizations hosted a conference on the future of trauma recovery earlier in the day. Leading figures from academia, industry, the NHS, armed forces, and voluntary sector came together for the one-day event.

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November 06 – Visiting The Broom Farm Community Centre

On November 06, 2019 The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made a private visit to The Broom Farm Community Centre.

A post on Sussex Royal said: “The Duke and Duchess surprised their neighbours in Windsor at a coffee morning for military families in a community centre located in the heart of the Army housing estate. Every year during the month of November we pause to remember and honour all those who have served their country here in the UK, across the Commonwealth and around the world. Their Royal Highnesses also wanted to show support for the families of service personnel who are currently deployed overseas.

As we lead up to Remembrance Sunday, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will join Her Majesty The Queen and other Members of the Royal Family at various commemoration events, including the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall and the Cenotaph.

During the visit yesterday, Their Royal Highnesses met with young families who shared their experiences as parents and as couples who are often apart from their loved ones for months at a time. A reminder that a life of service does not simply describe the person wearing the uniform, but the entire family.”

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Photos – The Duchess of Sussex Visits The Luminary Bakery

The Sussex Royal Instagram account revealed that the Duchess of Sussex made a private visit to The Luminary Bakery.

First featured in British Vogue’s ‘Forces For Change’ September issue that Meghan guest edited. The Luminary Bakery is a non profit bakery that uses baking as a tool to take women on a journey to employ ability and entrepreneurship, equipping them with transferable skills for the working world. Offering courses, work experience and paid employment within the bakery, empowering women to build their career. By investing in and releasing them to realize their dreams – through training, employment and community, they aim to break cycles of poverty, violence & disadvantage once and for all.

This visit coincides with a story for The Telegraph by journalist Bryony Gordon who followed The Duchess as she joined The Luminary Bakery for the opening of their new location which will enable the organisation to provide services, support and mentoring for four times the number of women. You can read the article here where Meghan talks about how vulnerability is one of humanity’s greatest strengths.

During her visit Meghan met with the women of the bakery who shared their emotional stories with her.

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