MEGHAN MARKLE and Prince Harry posted a heartfelt message on their Instagram after their first appearance with Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William since comments the couple made on an ITV documentary last month.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex admitted they had struggled in recent times, with Prince Harry claiming he and his brother William were on “different paths”. The two couples came face-to-face for the first time since those comments on Saturday night. Both pairs were attending the Festival of Remembrance, which commemorated the 75th anniversary of a number of key battles during the World War Two in 1944.
And following the emotional ceremony, the Sussex Royal Instagram account posted a heartfelt update.
It said: “This year’s Festival marked the 75th anniversary of a number of crucial battles of 1944, with a particular emphasis on the collaboration and friendship of the British, Commonwealth and Allied armies who fought them.
“A unique tribute was given to acknowledge those involved both past and present, culminating in a special parade of some of the last surviving veterans who fought and served in 1944.”
The statement added: “Their Royal Highnesses, who last year attended their first Festival of Remembrance together, were honoured to once again pay tribute to all casualties of war and remember those that have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.”
The event, held to commemorate Britain’s war dead, is held annually in the Royal Albert Hall.
At the event Kate wore a dark navy blue dress held together around her waist by a smart black belt.
The dress featured a bateau neckline, a design choice frequently chosen by Meghan.
She accompanied the outfit with a black headband and Jimmy Choo black velvet pumps.
Three red poppies, a tribute to those who died serving in the British armed forces, were pinned to the dress.
Prince William also wore a poppy, pinned onto his dark suit that was also adorned by two medals.
Meghan wore a black dress complete with floral decorations.
Each year dignitaries and veterans gather in the Royal Albert Hall to pay their respects to those British service personnel killed in the line of duty.
The event is organised by the Royal British Legion, which provides assistance to UK military veterans and their families.
According to the Legion’s website this year’s event was held to commemorate the “75th anniversaries of the great battles of 1944 and the collaboration and friendship of the British, Commonwealth and Allied armies who fought them.”
Last night’s meeting was the first public engagement involving Kate and Meghan since a provocative ITV drama touched on their relationship.
The programme focused around Meghan and Harry’s visit to the south of Africa in September.
Both royals visited South Africa, whilst Harry also went on to make solo visits to Angola, Malawi and Botswana.
During the documentary Harry admitted he and Prince William have “good days and bad days”.
There have been reports of a partial rift between the two brothers for some time, with their households splitting to form two separate teams earlier this year.
However Harry was keen to emphasis he and William remain very fond of each other.
He commented: “We are brothers. We will always be brothers.
“We are certainly on different paths at the moment but I will always be there for him as I know he will always be there for me.”