Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ‘jet back to America an hour BEFORE the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee ended’
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were already flying back home when the Pageant kicked off before they were seen for the last time in public on Friday at the National Service of Thanksgiving in St Paul’s Cathedral, reports say.
The couple, who have been largely absent from the fanfare, spent a lot of time at Frogmore Cottage during their stay and hosted a ‘relaxed’ party for Lilibet’s first birthday there.
They did not attend the Platinum Party and stayed in Windsor alongside the Queen to reportedly watch the concert with Her Majesty.
Harry and Meghan then drove, according to the Sun, to Farnborough Airport at 1.30pm and are on their way back to California.
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday, 3 June
An insider said: ‘There was no fanfare, they just went. They didn’t stick around for the Platinum Jubilee pageant which is a celebration of Britain and all of its quirks and eccentricities over the Queen’s 70 year reign.’
Instead, Harry and Meghan celebrated their daughter Lilibet’s first birthday in Windsor yesterday with a ‘relaxed’ birthday party —with royal second cousins invited to the festivities.
The little girl’s birthday party was open to Zara and Mike Tindall’s three children, Mia, eight, Lena, three, and Lucas, one, as well as Savannah, 11, and Isla, 10, daughters of Peter Phillips and Autumn Kelly.
Queen Elizabeth II waves to the crowd during the end of the Platinum Jubilee Pageant today
The couple were also seen at the Friday’s thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral, where a huge cheer went up as Harry and Meghan arrived and they were greeted at the great west door by the Dean of St Paul’s.
It was the first time that the couple were on full public view alongside the Windsors since they quit the monarchy for a new life in the US two years ago.
They spent a few minutes talking to the senior cleric before they entered the place of worship and proceeded to greet the long line of clergy.
The huge crowds at the Platinum Jubilee pageant today
Harry stopped to chat for a few moments with the Archbishop of York who later will give the sermon and is expected to praise the Queen’s 70-year reign.
The Sussexes were also seen from a window at Thursday’s Trooping the Colour, but were not on the balcony alongside working royals.
Neither Lilibet, nor her older brother three-year-old Archie, have been seen in public at any of the festivities.
And today, they missed the Monarch’s speech to the nation where she made a surprise visit from the balcony.