The new Princess of Wales, Catherine, and Meghan Markle arrived at Westminster Hall separately before putting on a rare show of unity at the Queen’s service there.
While they did 25 years ago, following the terrible loss of their mother, Princess Diana, the two women accompanied the royal procession in a vehicle as Prince William and Prince Harry walked side by side behind the Queen’s coffin.
As the Queen departed her London residence for the final time, Big Ben tolled at one-minute intervals as the royal procession began their mournful trip.
In light of persistent rumors of tension between Prince Harry, his wife, and William and Kate, the current Prince and Princess of Wales, some have questioned why the two women did not travel together.
While Kate wrecked a car with Camilla, the Queen Consort, Meghan traveled with Sophie, Countess of Wessex.
Meghan Markle comes in last according to royal custom because the Queen Consort and Princess of Wales go before her.
Their spouses, Prince William and Harry, who walked beside each other behind the coffin, were in sharp contrast at the time.
Since Prince Harry and Meghan opted to abandon their royal duties, the Fab Four have only stood together once—during the service at Westminster Hall.
Together with Prince Harry and Meghan, the Prince and Princess of Wales exited Westminster Hall.
Although Prince Harry and his wife’s public expression of devotion in Westminster Hall did draw some criticism.
According to Judi James, a body language specialist, it was an “emotionally impulsive” moment.
At the conclusion of the service, Meghan and Harry do appear to defy convention and clasp hands, Judi told The Sun.
“It appears to be a spontaneous emotional act motivated by a desire to touch and reunite again.”
Everyone walked with a “huge distance between them,” the body language expert continued, “except for Harry and Meghan.”
For their parts in the Queen’s funeral procession today, Prince Harry and Prince Andrew chose morning suits over military uniforms as a symbol of their decision to abdicate their royal responsibilities and, in the case of Prince Andrew, the Queen’s decision to do so due to controversy.