Meghan Markle Broke Down In Tears Before Her Reunion With Prince William and Kate Middleton

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are only a few weeks away before their exit from the royal family becomes official. The couple recently completed their final tour of the UK as active members of the British monarchy, a trip that included a tearful farewell for Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. With the couple set to start new lives in Canada, here’s a look at why Meghan broke down before her big reunion with Prince William and Kate Middleton.

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Harry and Meghan’s last joint public engagement was the Commonwealth Day service, an event that featured a slew of high-ranking members of the royal family. The Sussexes joined the likes of Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, Camilla Parker Bowles, William, and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge.

But before Harry and Meghan attended the service, they held a special meeting with students who are enrolled in the Association of Commonwealth Universities.

A few days after the event, Meghan shared some photos from her secret meeting on social media. According to Express, the engagement was her last solo outing, and royal expert Omid Scobie revealed that it offered Meghan an opportunity to say goodbye to some of the staff at Buckingham Palace.

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“Meghan stayed behind after the students left. It was a moment for her to say goodbye to some of the staff that had been so loyal to her for the past year for the last time,” he explained.

Meghan and Harry’s exit from the royal family will become official on March 31. From that point on, the couple will no longer use their royal titles and will be setting up a home base in North America.

Why the Duchess of Sussex broke down

With the meeting being her last as a royal, Scobie revealed that it was particularly emotional for Meghan. Meghan kept her emotions in check throughout the meeting, but she broke down when it was time to say goodbye.

“It was emotional. Meghan was really composed throughout the engagement but this was a moment to be vulnerable amongst familiar faces,” Scobie revealed. “It was tough, she was tearful. There were hugs, to say goodbye.”

After her tearful goodbye at Buckingham Palace, Meghan Markle joined Prince Harry and the rest of the royals for the Commonwealth Day service, which was held inside Westminster Abbey.

Meghan and Harry were not part of Queen Elizabeth’s procession for the event and were seated ahead of time with other guests. Although William and Kate opted out of the march at the last minute, their interactions with Harry and Meghan were severely limited.

In fact, the only time the couples acknowledged each other was when William and Kate were seated, and the only thing they did was exchange a brief greeting. Royal watchers were expecting more warmth from the royals, especially considering how it was the Sussexes’ last engagement.

Why didn’t Meghan Markle and Prince Harry get a better sendoff?

Given the lackluster farewell for Meghan and Harry, fans were left wondering why the royals did not do more during the Commonwealth Day service. Even Scobie was surprised by what happened and admitted that he expected more from William and Kate.

“I’ve got to be honest, I was quite surprised that there wasn’t at least a show of warmth in front of the world,” he said. “It was the Sussexes’ last day in a public capacity as working royals. Obviously they continue until March 31st but they are already back in Canada now.”

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Scobie added that the royals missed an opportunity to put up a united front for the public. But instead, they proved that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are now outsiders looking in, a move that doesn’t bode well for the Sussexes.

The royals will re-examine Harry and Meghan’s decision in 12 months. But considering everything that has happened over the past few weeks, it does not seem likely that the pair will be re-joining the monarchy anytime soon.

The Sussexes adjust to their new lives

With their final tour of the UK over, Harry and Meghan are officially back in Canada with their son, Archie Harrison. Meghan flew back to North America shortly after the Commonwealth Day service while Harry remained in the UK for a few days tidying up loose ends.

Although the couple is looking forward to starting the next chapter in their lives, Scobie noted that they are nervous about leaving the protection of the royal family. In particular, the couple is worried about not having their royal staffers around to protect them from the media and the tabloids.

“They helped them fend off attacks from the tabloids and helped them organize tours and the amazing engagements. It is that team that makes all of that happen. For Harry and Meghan to leave all that behind, there is probably going to be a sense of fear,” he stated.

Despite their fears, Meghan and Harry are not backing down on their decision to leave the royal family behind. For the Sussexes, their decision was based on keeping their family safe, especially Archie.

They also love the idea of having the freedom to do as they please, without being under the thumb of the royal family. Although there are still some uncertainties ahead, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will definitely have more freedom in the months and years to come.