Prince Harry gave Meghan Markle’s hand a ‘firm squeeze’ as the couple left Westminster Abbey following the Queen’s state funeral yesterday, a fellow funeral-goer has revealed.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who are currently living in the US having stepped back from royal duty last year, are believed to be in Windsor today after the extraordinary funeral and burial of the late monarch yesterday.
And now a fellow mourner who attended the event has opened up about the couple’s behaviour at the event.
According to funeral guest and attorney Pranav Bhanot, he noticed ‘how supportive Harry was to Meghan’, telling People: ‘When they went their separate directions after the ceremony, he gave her a firm squeeze of the hand. I felt he wanted to ensure she felt comfortable.’
The couple, who became known for their constant hand holding during their time as working royals, appeared keen to comfort one another after the service, and were photographed clasped hands as they came together.
Prince Harry, 38, gave Meghan Markle’s hand a ‘firm squeeze’ as the couple left Westminster Abbey following the Queen’s state funeral yesterday, a fellow funeral-goer has revealed
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, 40, who are currently living in the US having stepped back from royal duty last year, are believed to be in Windsor today after the extraordinary funeral and burial of the late monarch yesterday
Elsewhere, Pravnav said the Duke offered the Duchess ‘reassurance’ when they were walking together before going in different directions.
The loving gesture is just the latest in a long line of public displays of affection between Harry, 37, and Meghan since they first went public with their relationship in 2017.
Pictured together at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto, the pair, in the early stages of their courtship, leaned into one another and beamed in delight.
In a now famous picture, Harry leaned into Meghan’s ear to whisper something, while Meghan crossed her legs and leaned forward clearly delighted by what the Prince was saying.
Meghan and the Duke of Sussex appeared deeply emotional as they left following the long and difficult day of the Queen’s funeral
Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex follow the bearer party with the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II as it is taken from Westminster Abbey
An emotional Meghan Markle joined other senior members of the royal family in St George’s Chapel today as she arrived for the Queen’s Committal Service this afternoon
During the State Funeral in London this afternoon, the Duchess of Sussex was openly weeping, and brushing tears away from her cheeks (pictured)
The Duchess has been pictured dozens of times putting her hands on Harry’s back, while Harry is fan of clasping Meghan’s hair and gently caressing her ponytail.
At the start of the day members of the Royal Family – including Prince George, nine, and Princess Charlotte, seven, – and thousands of world leaders and foreign dignitaries congregated at Westminster Abbey for the late monarch’s funeral service.
Harry, who is mourning his beloved grandmother, was visibly emotional during the procession and inside the church, as was his wife the Duchess of Sussex, who was seen wiping away tears at the ceremony.
Meghan leaves the funeral in a car alongside Sophie, the Countess of Wessex
Meghan walking down the nave of Westminster Abbey during a royal procession behind the Queen’s coffin this morning
The Duchess of Sussex, 41, walked into the historic church in a sombre procession behind the Queen’s coffin. In front of her was Kate, the two eldest Cambridge children, and Prince Edward and his wife, the Duchess of Wessex
Meanwhile the royal mother-of-two was carrying her black gloves as she arrived at the service earlier this morning
Later the Duke was seen walking solemnly on the grass outside St George’s Chapel in Windsor ahead of the Queen’s committal service, and speaking with his aunt Princess Anne and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence.
At the service Her Majesty was laid to rest with Prince Philip, along with her husband, father, mother and sister as her 70-year reign came to an end with the removal of her crown, orb and sceptre from her coffin.
Her eldest son and the new monarch, King Charles III, looked deeply moved as his mother’s remains descended on a day where he appeared tearful on a number of occasions as he said goodbye to his mother, the 12th British monarch to be buried at Windsor.
Yesterday evening, Prince Harry was seen puffing his cheeks as he got into a car with his wife, Meghan, following an emotional day which saw the Queen finally laid to rest with her beloved husband Prince Philip.
Britain’s Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and Britain’s Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, walking outside Westminster Abbey, on the day of the state funeral and burial of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth
Meghan Markle cut a solemn figure as she arrived for the funeral of the Queen at Westminster Abbey alongside her husband Prince Harry today
The Duke and other royals, including King Charles III and the Queen Consort, Camilla, were pictured leaving St George’s Chapel in Windsor yesterday afternoon after a moving committal service for the late monarch.
In what was the longest of days for the royal family, relatives of the Queen went back to Windsor Castle for some rest before returning to St George’s Chapel for a private burial service later that night.
There they witnessed Her Majesty being buried with the Duke of Edinburgh in a service conducted by the Dean of Windsor in the The King George VI Memorial Chapel.
It was one of the only parts of yesterday that was not be televised, with billions of people around the world thought to have seen some part of the processions and services in honour of Her Majesty.
A smaller, more private burial service took place on Monday night, with the Queen’s family finally given the chance to pay their respects and mourn her passing away from the public’s gaze.
It come royal reporter Neil Sean claimed Meghan has requested a ‘one-to-one’ meeting with King Charles to heal rifts before her departure to California with Harry after the Queen’s funeral.
Neil said that he had heard from a ‘very good source’ that the American actress had sent a letter requesting a private conversation with the King.
Mr Sean claimed that Meghan wants to ‘clear the air’ amid reports the couple will fly back to the US as soon as they can to see their children, Archie, three, and Lilibet, one.