The Royal Family Just Quietly Showed They Are ‘Mourning’ Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Exit

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have officially left the royal family, and though the royals continue to do business as usual, things probably haven’t been that easy. Certainly, with such a big move, there are many things that take months to iron out. Prince William and Kate Middleton continue to perform their royal duties without the Sussexes, but one fashion expert revealed that royal family members have changed their outfits to reflect the “mournful mood” of Harry and Meghan’s exit.

Queen Elizabeth, Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle
Queen Elizabeth, Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle | Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

Harry and Meghan officially left the family in January

When Harry and Meghan returned from their six-week break from royal life, it seemed like things would be business as usual. But the royal couple had something else on their mind: a royal departure.

After dealing with the crippling media for the last two years, Harry and Meghan had finally decided they’d had enough of the negativity. The couple ultimately chose to remove themselves from the royal family and settle down on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. It was a shock to some, but ultimately, it isn’t all that surprising.

The royals have continued their duties without the Sussexes

Despite Meghan and Harry’s departure heard around the world, the royals haven’t slowed down in their duties. Prince William and Kate Middleton have, if anything, stepped things up. The Cambridges have been posting to their Instagram account more than ever, and it seems like they’ve actually taken on more duties since Harry and Meghan’s departure (though this is unclear). They will definitely have to find a new normal now that such important members of the family have left.

One fashion expert suggests the queen has been ‘mourning’ the Sussex exit

Things are set in stone, but it wasn’t an easy decision. And since Harry and Meghan’s departure announcement, the queen has been dressing to reflect the “mournful mood,” — at least, that’s what fashion expert and lecturer Anthony McGrath thinks. McGrath suggests that the queen has avoided wearing the bold colors she normally wears to show signs of sadness over the couple’s departure.

“Since Harry and Meghan’s announcement to leave the UK for a life in Canada, the clothing worn by the Queen, in particular, has changed to reflect their slightly mournful mood,” McGrath said, per Insider. On the contrary, though, McGrath said that Kate has been beaming; she’s worn bolder, brighter fashion choices than usual, possibly to show that she’s taking her role even more seriously.

The palace reportedly has a plan in case Harry and Meghan come back

Though it would be a surprise if Meghan and Harry decided to return to royal life, the palace reportedly does have a plan in place on the off chance that happens. Harry and Meghan will be subject to much more paparazzi now that they’ve left the United Kingdom, and it could prove too much for them. For now, though, the two are starting to settle into their new home, and they’ll likely be there for at least a while. But if plans change, the queen will know what to do.