Queen Elizabeth Preaches Unity Amid Prince Harry and Prince William’s Frosty Reunion
Queen Elizabeth promoted a united message during her Commonwealth Day speech. Amid Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s exit from the royal family, Her Majesty discussed the importance of the Commonwealth and urged everyone to be “inspired by all that we share.” Her message of unity comes as Prince William and Prince Harry have a frosty reunion weeks ahead of Harry’s official exit.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle return home
Harry and Meghan announced their departure from the monarchy at the beginning of the year. But their exit will not become official until March 31, according to their agreement with Queen Elizabeth. The couple has remained in Canada for the past few months and recently returned to the UK for a final round of public engagements.
There has been a plethora of excitement and buzz around the Sussex’s return, yet there has also been a bit of unrest among citizens of the United Kingdom.
Prince Harry and Meghan were reportedly greeted by cheers and a few boos at the Endeavor Fund concert but seemed to brush it off completely. Among their many appearances, the Sussexes were also spotted heading to church with Queen Elizabeth, in a gesture that royal sources are calling “kind” by Her Majesty.
Harry and Meghan have completed a handful of engagements over the past week, and their final public appearance was at the Commonwealth Day service.
Queen Elizabeth preaches unity in Commonwealth Day Speech
In her annual speech at the Commonwealth Day service, Queen Elizabeth preached unity through diversity. Her majesty highlighted how the Commonwealth nations include a wide range of cultures and noted that their shared diversity only makes everyone “stronger.”
Queen Elizabeth gave the speech inside Westminster Abbey. Other senior members of the royal family were in attendance at the event, which also featured 2,000 people in the audience.
According to Daily Mail, unity was Queen Elizabeth’s main emphasis in her speech. The head of state commented on how she is often inspired by what she sees in the Commonwealth nations, which includes Harry and Meghan’s current residence in Canada.
“On Commonwealth occasions, it is always inspiring to be reminded of the diversity of the people and countries that make up our worldwide family,” she stated. “We are made aware of the many associations and influences that combine through Commonwealth connection, helping us to imagine and deliver a common future.”
She added that the “blend of tradition” amongst the countries offers the right “ingredients for social, political, and economic resilience.”
She did not, however, mention anything about Harry and Meghan, who will cease to be acting members of the royal family come March 31.
Queen Elizabeth highlights environmental issues
Apart from the unity angle, Queen Elizabeth used the speech as an opportunity to raise awareness about environmental issues.
Her Majesty urged the audience to use “greater care” when it comes to natural resources. She also asked the leaders of the 53 nations that make up the Commonwealth to better understand how their actions impact the environment.
“Looking to the future, this connectivity means we are also aware, perhaps as never before, that wherever we live, our choices and actions affect the well-being of people and communities living far away, and in very different circumstances,” she stated.”
Other members of the royal family that were present for the event include the likes of Prince Charles, Camilla Parker Bowles, Prince William, and Kate Middleton. None of the royals commented on Harry and Meghan’s presence at the event.
Prince Harry and Prince William’s frosty reunion
Their appearance at the Commonwealth Day service is likely one of the last times we will see Harry and Meghan alongside other members of the royal family in an official capacity.
The couple is expected to return to Canada in the coming days to reunite with their son, Archie Harrison, who was left in the care of a nanny. Moving forward, they will no longer use their royal titles and will seek financial independence from the crown.
Prince Harry and Meghan entered Westminster Abbey ahead of Prince William and Kate Middleton and were seated just seats away. As William and Kate entered, Meghan smiled and said, “Hi,” which both the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge seemed to ignore.
To make matters even more awkward, Harry seemed delighted while interacting with his uncle Prince Edward. With William and Kate seated directly in front of Edward and Sophie, Duchess of Sussex, they kept completely to themselves.
With Prince Harry and Meghan Markle having one foot out the door, Queen Elizabeth’s Commonwealth speech was a clear effort to put on a united front in the public.