Platinum Jubilee: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made their UK debut

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London – Crowds outside St Paul’s Cathedral delivered a round of nonsense, as well as some sarcasm, for Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, as the couple made their first public appearance during Queen Elizabeth II’s platinum jubilee – and their first joint appearance in Britain since leaving their jobs as members of the royal family.

The couple stayed behind the scenes On the first big day of the jubilee celebrations. They were not invited to join the Queen on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. The paparazzi have only caught a glimpse of Meghan playing with some of the Queen’s great-grandchildren in a window above Trooping the Colour.

But Harry and Meghan were allowed their moment on Friday, joining the family for the Thanksgiving service – though walking separately from the working royals, then sitting in the second row. It wasn’t the kids’ table, but it wasn’t the head table either.

Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, got more applause from the audience outside as they entered the Anglican cathedral in the heart of London. Church bells ring upon the arrival of Prince Charles, heir to the throne.

There was a mixed reaction from onlookers upon the entry of Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie Johnson. Some booed.

Among those who did not attend the service: The Queen, who watched the BBC from her rooms at Windsor Castle. The palace said the monarch felt “some discomfort” during Thursday’s military parade and would leave church services and horse racing on Saturday at Epsom Downs. She has been struggling with what minors call “mobility issues” in recent months and has lost a number of engagements.

Another notable absence in St Paul: Prince Andrew, the Queen’s third child, who has been largely banished from public life since he faced accusations of sexual assault and a scandal over his friendship with convicted abuser Jeffrey Epstein. On Thursday, the palace announced that the tests that had been conducted on him also came back positive Corona Virus.

The Queen appeared in Windsor on Thursday evening. She was dressed in an aquatic costume, looking steady on her feet, but perhaps tired, as she put her gloved hand on a shiny ball, to give a symbolic touch to the festivity. beacons In Britain and around the Commonwealth.

“It’s been a very long day for Her Majesty, but she seemed determined to make a final appearance,” the royal correspondent wrote for the Daily Telegraph.

In his Friday sermon, the Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell, addressed the Queen directly and told worshipers what they already knew: Horse lover for life.

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Cottrell joked that he had “no great advice” from the top to attend Saturday’s derby, where some of the Queen’s horses will be showing up. On the subject of horses, the Archbishop continued, “Your Majesty, we are sorry that you are not here with us this morning in person. But we are very glad that you are still in the saddle.”

People may forget, but the Queen is also “the Defender of the Faith and Supreme Ruler of the Church of England”. The Archbishop praised her for her “strong steadfastness, firmness, devotion to God, and obedience to a call.”

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Johnson read: “Rejoice.” “Let your kindness be known to all. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests reach God.”

These days in Britain, of course, political power is in the hands of Johnson and his government, while the Queen, as head of state, has symbolic and ceremonial powers. But there is a steady transition of responsibility now passing from the Queen to her son Charles and grandson William, who play more prominent roles during the Jubilee.

Britain celebrates its longest reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. The festivities began on June 2. (Video: Alexa Juliana Ard/The Washington Post)

The BBC’s cameras have mostly focused on her in St Paul, but they occasionally cut to show Harry and Meghan, who were sitting across the aisle from key members of the royal family.

The BBC commentator said it appeared Harry and Meghan were allowed “their own little parade” as they entered, which he said was made by the Queen.

St Paul’s wasn’t the easiest place to catch a glimpse of the royals, but that didn’t stop several hundred people from gathering outside, where the streets are lined with metal barricades.

Sue Willmott, a British resident of Connecticut, traveled with her three children to celebrate the jubilee. As the royals walked out of the church, her 7-year-old daughter, Orla, who has become an unofficial crowd photographer, took pictures on phones passed to her in the dense crowd.

Wilmot described the Queen as “a rock in our lives – whenever things go wrong, this is this stable swan that floats and keeps everyone calm.”

She said it was unfortunate that Harry and Meghan drew the ridicule.

“We saw Harry come out and we were booed by some, and we thought that was sad. We cheered. He has a small family he brought from America, and thank God he did. His kids being a part of this is amazing; they’ll be able to look back one day and say ‘we celebrated’ Our grandmother’s grandmother.

Harry and Megan Popularity Ratings in Britain to its lowest level ever. According to a recent YouGov poll, 32% of people view Harry positively, while 58% think of him negatively. Megan is less popular: only 23 percent of the public have a positive opinion of her, compared to 63 percent who have a negative opinion.

Among those who got a look at the royals, too, were Ian Tower, 64, the transport manager, and his wife Valerie, 55, who works as a butcher. They traveled from the Lake District.

Valerie said that Harry and Meghan’s appearance would have approved the British public: “I think a lot would have been said if they hadn’t shown up. They did the right thing to come back.”

Meghan and Harry stay behind the scenes on the first day of Jubilee Celebrations

Ian said it was good to see Harry and Meghan. “I think they want to be here no matter what people think. They’ve made up their mind to be a Hollywood star, and that’s okay. They’ve been so well received, they’d be happy about that.”

As for Prince Charles, Ian said: “He’s a nice guy. He’s waited so long to be king. I think he’ll be quite tolerant. I think he’ll be very friendly. He won’t be there forever. The future of the royal family was clear in the [Buckingham Palace] balcony” the day before.

The Sussex family is based in Britain from California with their two young children, Archie, 3, and Lillibet, who will celebrate her first birthday on Saturday.

This trip is the first time he has met Queen Lillipet in person. Harry and Meghan named their daughter Elizabeth, using the Queen’s childhood nickname.

Harry made a few public trips to Britain. In April 2021, he went to Funeral From his grandfather Prince Philip, and last summer he returned to unveil a statue His mother, the late Princess Diana. Did not attend Philip’s memorial service in March.

Harry has said he does not feel safe while in the country and is filing a case against the British government after being told he would no longer receive the “same degree” of personal protection. The prince offered to pay for the security himself, but the British Home Office refused.

In a surprising move, the couple announced in January 2020 that they would “step back” as senior members of the royal family. The Queen rejected their ‘half in, half out’ proposal and stripped them of their royal care, explaining in comments that while the Sussexes are much-loved members of the royal family, business comes first.

The two sides agreed to review the situation after 12 months. But according to royal biographer Robert Hardman, the Queen was not expecting them to resume their British lives. writing in his bookQueen of our timeHardman says the Queen knew it was unlikely the Sussexes would return as a senior royal.

When a well-meaning visitor asked her if she expected them to resume royal life, she answered firmly: ‘Of course not. They took the dogs. “