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Old 03-09-2020, 06:01 PM
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Old 03-09-2020, 06:03 PM
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To stop the Cambridges. The press would have a field day with that. Harry and Meghan ousted by the family etc, etc. Instead they made the very wise call to send them all to their seats and let Charles and Camilla walk with her. It stopped the whole.event from being taken over by the media with a Meghan and Harry spin.
Currently count a minimum of 7 articles that include Meghan and Henry at the start of a title, on the Dailymail.com.

This was H&Ms last engagement as senior royals, it was always going to be about them and their interactions with other royals attending. Edward and Sophie would have taken their seats with them, and frankly it wouldn't have made a single bit of difference if the Cambridges had sat down or not. If the announcement hadn't been made that the Sussexes weren't in the procession, which they never were going to be according to the OOS, then the public wouldn't have been any the wiser.

If the ousted image was such a prevalent issue, why hasn't it been mentioned that Henry and Meghan were seated on a whole different row to the senior royals? That's a clear sign they've been ousted right
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Old 03-09-2020, 06:05 PM
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The Sussexes leave the Abbey...

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Old 03-09-2020, 06:21 PM
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Why would they want to make this about M and H? This isn't their day......and also, I don't see how this actually does make it about them. Maybe it's more about Charles - and Camilla - as he is the heir.
The media. As it was it wasn'the too bad but then there are other things to think about. I wouldn't pay any attention to the red tops.
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Old 03-09-2020, 06:33 PM
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l watched it too.. and Sussex looked incredibly uncomfortable, and 'ill at ease', in an environment he's been familiar with his whole life.
This is bound to be an incredibly emotional moment for Harry. I can't imagine. He didn't want it...As in he wanted part time. I would even imagine he is thinking about the next time he sets foot in this Abbey. And please let that be for the Sapphire anniversary and not for sadder reasons.
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Old 03-09-2020, 07:03 PM
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Sussex certainly doesn't seem his 'twinkly' self in this photo.

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Old 03-09-2020, 07:10 PM
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The service is actually about the Commonwealth, and celebrating different cultures and shared ties :-) . It's very important to the Queen.
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Old 03-09-2020, 07:29 PM
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The Commonwealth Service was lovely.
The dusky blue was a winner for the Queen and Sophie was stunning in the white with a shadow of a dark cape or flag.

Meghan, Kate and Camilla looked gorgeous. All the ladies' hats were to die for but mostly the men stole the show. Edward for his courteous manners, William and Harry for their polite and intriguing interactions with each other and Charles for being the best dressed and most at ease.

The story is of Harry and Meghan's last engagement and I think they are a huge loss. Their leaving will be covered for months, intensely, yet.

The shock will be overcome at some point and the great family of the Commonwealth will continue on regardless.
The BRF is genuine in their support of the Commonwealth.
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Old 03-09-2020, 07:41 PM
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From what I see tension between the two Brothers is palpable.
So sad !
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Old 03-09-2020, 07:43 PM
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i always enjoy Commonwealth celebration. The event was full of diverse performances and I truly enjoyed it. it will be even better next year with drama free leading up to it.

Like others- I hope today is the end of the drama era for this royal family. Moving forward, we can all enjoy royal events without discussing body languages and disappointments of one couple or another. It's quite tiring to make everything about one couple all the time.
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Old 03-09-2020, 08:25 PM
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I don't know if I'm the only person feeling this way but the interactions that occurred today were really sad. When the Sussexes announced their transition plan, I was one of those who would say "they don't have a dutiful bone in their bodies or are deserting the RF", but this is unfortunate. The situation that really got me was when the Cambridges came to their seats and Meghan waved but didn't really receive a response. It just made me feel sad to say that the relationship really is shattered or fractured. I really hope in the future that the family can reunite, especially Harry and William considering all they've been through together.
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Old 03-09-2020, 08:55 PM
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William acknowledged at least Meghan's attempt by nodding his head it seemed.
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Old 03-09-2020, 09:52 PM
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Harry and William were sitting so far apart - could they have sat pretty much anywhere they wanted to? If so, the distance between them was palpable.

I loved Meghan’s curtesy to Charles and Harry nodding and smiling at his pa...
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Old 03-09-2020, 10:56 PM
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Harry and William were sitting so far apart - could they have sat pretty much anywhere they wanted to? If so, the distance between them was palpable.

I loved Meghan’s curtesy to Charles and Harry nodding and smiling at his pa...
Nope, seats are assigned per protocol and precedence - can't just land anywhere.
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Old 03-09-2020, 11:54 PM
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Harry and William were sitting so far apart - could they have sat pretty much anywhere they wanted to? If so, the distance between them was palpable.

I loved Meghan’s curtesy to Charles and Harry nodding and smiling at his pa...
The seating is set - front row (which is either five or six seats) - The Queen, Charles, Camilla, William, Catherine. Before Harry married he would have had the sixth seat in the front but they don't separate couples and so he goes to the next row back.

Second row - again four - six seats - the next set of people in the line of succession - so this year Harry and Meghan, Edward and Sophie. (If Andrew wasn't disgraced he would have been between the Sussex's and Wessex's). If Anne had attended then she and Tim would have been in the row behind or next to the Wessex's.

No one gets to choose their seat at an event like this. Everyone has a set seat from the Queen to the person seated in the corner in the very back row of the Abbey.

As the years go one Harry will move further and further back as George and his siblings grow and start attending some of these events - taking front row and second row seats. George, like his father and grandfather will always be in the front row but younger siblings move back as they are moved down the line of succession.
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Old 03-10-2020, 01:19 AM
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One would assume that they all are meeting privately as a family while Harry is home in the UK. Before or after events they'd possibly lunch together. Public events are but part of their life.
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Old 03-10-2020, 02:07 AM
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One would assume that they all are meeting privately as a family while Harry is home in the UK. Before or after events they'd possibly lunch together. Public events are but part of their life.
Possibly. But if there was a lot of family socializing going on I think they would of brought Archie, since it would of been a rare opportunity for the family to see him. So I think that for the Sussexes this is more of a business trip. There has been some meetings with the Queen but probably to discuss the logistics of things post-March 31st, specially security costs. Maybe meetings with Charles for similar reasons. I wouldn't be surprised if yesterday was the first time they saw the Cambridges and the Wessexes.
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Old 03-10-2020, 04:33 AM
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I must admit my favourite couple from yesterday was Prince Edward and Sophie,
they looked happy, interacting with everyone.
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Old 03-10-2020, 05:11 AM
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I must admit my favourite couple from yesterday was Prince Edward and Sophie,
they looked happy, interacting with everyone.
Yes, the Wessexes were very charming. I liked when Edward stood for William. A respectful acknowledgment of William's position. Catherine and Sophie always get on so well, so it's nice when they are seated near each other.
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Old 03-10-2020, 05:13 AM
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Yes, the Wessexes were very charming. I liked when Edward stood for William. A respectful acknowledgment of William's position. Catherine and Sophie always get on so well, so it's nice when they are seated near each other.
I actually think it is a generational thing - and he stood for a lady rather than for William.
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