This is the last royal engagement that Harry and Meghan will be partaking in, according to reports.
The world was looking forward to seeing the royal Fab Four—Harry, Meghan, Prince William, and Kate Middleton, reuniting to carry out royal responsibilities for one last time. It is also the last royal event Harry and Meghan attended before stepping down from the role of senior royals on March 31.
The Dukes and Duchesses have earlier appeared together in a couple of royal events and their warm presence earned them the nickname Fab Four.
However, it was indeed a joyful event that brought out almost all important members of the royal family. Commonwealth Day is an event that takes place in Westminster Abbey each year to celebrate the 54 commonwealth countries.
It was earlier reported by The Sunday Times, that the Queen and her husband Prince Philip are "very sad" that their grandson Archie-Harrison will not be visiting the UK with his parents. Baby Archie is back in Canada where he is being taken care of by Meghan's close friend Jessica Mulroney.
Coming back to the Fab Four, Meghan Markle showed up in a caped gown and an elaborate hat and she did not shy away from the cameras. Harry was close to her throughout the event and looked like a protective husband as always. Kate and William also looked their regal and sophisticated self and also chatted with other royal family members.
But the one thing that didn't miss the onlookers' notice is the distance on their faces even as they stood close to each other. In their earlier appearances, it was hard to miss their camaraderie and the smiles they flashed towards each other. This time it was visibly different.
Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall Camilla Parker Bowles, Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, were also in attendance.
One of the most eye-catching moments of the service was seeing Harry and Prince Charles take up alternatives of shaking hands as a precautionary measure to help curb the spread of coronavirus. Harry was seen elbow bumping Craig David, a British singer who performed at the service.
Prince Harry bumps elbows with Craig David instead of the traditional handshake due to Coronavirus social distancing #CommonwealthDay pic.twitter.com/Fg0C77taXo— Royal Central (@RoyalCentral) March 9, 2020
Whereas Prince Charles who is a follower of Eastern philosophy and religion was seen doing a "Namaste" which includes a slight bow with hands pressed together, palms touching and fingers pointing upwards, reports USA Today.
More Namaste from The Prince of Wales. pic.twitter.com/L3xoURfksh— Niraj Tanna (@IkonPictures) March 9, 2020
The Commonwealth Day service was Harry and Meghan's last appearance at a royal event as senior royals before they lay off their titles and responsibilities of March 31. Earlier this year the Harry and Meghan had announced that they will be stepping down as senior royals because of the extreme media pressure on his wife and family. Harry had also stated that being away from the royal family will allow them the chance to grow individually and allow Archie the space to appreciate the household and tradition he was born into.
Harry and Meghan have been winding up the last of their royal engagements over the past few weeks, attending various events across the UK.
Prince Harry even managed to record a song with singer Jon Bon Jovi!
Coming back to the Commonwealth Day event, while it is probably going to be a long time before we see Diana's sons and their wives together, the memories of this day will remain etched in the memories of people because this day marks the end of Harry's royal appearances and he went with a smile on his face just like his mother once did.