Her grandmother-in-law is remembered. Meghan Markle was overcome with grief when attending Queen Elizabeth II’s royal burial at Westminster Abbey. Following the conclusion of the burial ceremony, British troops took Her Majesty’s casket out of the church and drove it to Wellington Arch, where soldiers saluted.
Members of the royal family, including the 41-year-old Suits star, watched as the body was placed into the hearse from the Abbey door. Meghan was even seen brushing a tear away. The “Archetypes” podcast host was with her husband, Prince Harry.
Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor and Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, their two children, did not attend.
While Archie, 3, and Lilibet, 15 months, did not attend the Westminster Abbey ceremony, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, Harry and Meghan’s niece and nephew stepped ahead of the California residents as the coffin was carried into the chapel. (Prince William and Princess Kate’s eldest son, Prince Louis, was also absent.)
Despite Archie and Lilibet’s Monday absence, they could greet Her Majesty before she died. While the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were still in the United Kingdom when Archie was born in May 2019, they relocated to the United States when Lili arrived in June 2021.
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When Harry and Meghan brought their children to England for the monarch’s Platinum Jubilee, the queen greeted her youngest great-grandchild during her first birthday celebration.
“After regretfully withdrawing from Party at the Palace, spending time with her great-grandchildren and witnessing Lilibet turn one brought some brightness to her day,” a source told Us Weekly in June, as Elizabeth battled mobility concerns. “She thinks they’re cute and has given Lili and Archie presents.”
Buckingham Palace announced the queen’s death on September 8 at the age of 96. Harry went to Scotland after learning that Meghan’s health was deteriorating, and Meghan was in the country for an appearance at the time.
Following that, the Archewell cofounders made many public appearances in memory of Harry’s grandmother, including a visit to mourners on the streets of Windsor, England, with Prince William and Princess Kate on September 10 and a ceremony at Westminster Hall on September 14. On Saturday, September 17, Harry joined William, 40, and his cousins for the last vigil with the coffin in the hall.
Compared to William and Kate’s children — Prince George, 9, Princess Charlotte, 7, and Prince Louis, 4 — Harry and Meghan’s children are expected to have spent less time with the British royal family since the couple’s decision to retire as senior members in 2020.
Nonetheless, Harry and Meghan honored the late queen with the name of their daughter, a nickname for Queen Elizabeth II. (Diana is Lilibet’s middle name, after Harry’s late mother.)
“The Duke communicated with his family in advance of the announcement, in fact, his grandmother was the first family member he phoned,” according to a statement issued in June 2021, dismissing reports that the queen disapproved of the decision.
“During that discussion, he expressed his desire to name their baby Lilibet after her. They would not have used the name if she had not been supportive.”