Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attended the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey, which marked their final engagement as senior members of the Royal family.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined the Queen, on Monday afternoon for the annual event, as well as Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex.
The event is also the first time Meghan and the Queen are seen together since the Sussexes announced their decision to step back as senior royals in pursuit of “financial independence.”
However, Harry and Meghan skipped the Queen’s procession through Westminster Abbey, as well as William and Kate.
Instead, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex walked in ahead of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Reports say that Harry and Meghan smiled, and Meghan waved at William and Kate as soon as they enter the ancient abbey.
Rather than waiting for the Queen’s arrival and walking through with the monarchy and senior royals, Harry and Meghan were conducted to their seats at the church in London.
The Royal’s position on their seats denotes their rank within the family, as Charles sit beside the Queen, then William, and Harry in sixth.
Prior to this, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex carried out two joint engagements since their return to the UK last weekend.
They went to the Endeavour Fund Awards on Thursday in celebration of the achievements of those injured in service, and on Saturday at London’s Royal Albert Hall to raise money for the children’s cancer charity, Royal Marines Charity and CLIC Sargent.
The Sussexes will begin their 12-month transition period from March 31, to work on establishing their non-profit organization.
The organization aims to focus on the Duke and Duchess’ current causes, which includes the Commonwealth, community, youth empowerment and mental health.
A spokesperson said last month that, “The Duke’s priorities remain supporting the welfare of servicemen and women, conservation, sport for social development, HIV and Travalyst which works to mobilize the tourism and travel industry for social good.”
“For the Duchess, her focus remains women’s empowerment, gender equality, and education.”