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 – although walking separately – in a thank-you service in the Queen’s honor.

Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, got an even bigger hand when 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 king felt “some discomfort” during Thursday’s military parade and would miss church services and Saturday’s derby 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. But the palace announced Thursday that the tests were also 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 “doesn’t have great advice” from the top-tier derby races at Epsom Downs on Saturday, 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 lies in the hands of Johnson and his government, while the Queen as head wields symbolic and ceremonial powers. But there is a steady transition of responsibility – and soft power – 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 cameras focused mostly on her, but they would occasionally break off to show Harry and Meghan, who were sitting across the aisle from the essential royals.

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 from gathering outside, where the streets are lined with metal barricades.

Sue Willmott, a British mother living in 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 photographer for the public, lifted her baby girl, Orla, 7, taking 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 she has met Queen Lillipet in person. Harry and Meghan named their daughter Elizabeth, using the Queen’s childhood nickname.

Harry has taken a few public trips to Britain since settling in California. In April 2021, he attended Funeral From his grandfather Prince Philip, although he did not return this spring to commemorate Philip, which was a much bigger issue, as the restrictions imposed on the Corona virus were lifted. Last summer, he came back to unveil a statue His mother, the late Princess Diana.

Harry’s lawyers have said the prince does not feel safe when in Britain because of the security arrangements that apply to him. He is suing the British government after being told he would not be given “the same degree” of personal protection when visiting Britain. 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 Sussex family moved to California after a short stint in Canada.

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. “