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Platinum Jubilee: Harry and William sit on opposite sides of cathedral at service of thanksgiving

Harry and Meghan publicly returned to the royal fold on Friday for the Queen’s platinum jubilee service – however they sat on the opposite facet of St Paul’s Cathedral from William and Kate.

Working royals crammed the front-row seats at the ceremony, which means the Duke and Duchess of Sussex took their locations within the second row, behind the Wessex household and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, and on the opposite facet of the aisle from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

They not use their HRH types and the occasion was their first public look alongside the Windsors since they stepped down as senior royals two years in the past amid the Megxit storm.

The Queen herself didn’t attend, having pulled out attributable to experiencing “discomfort” at yesterday’s proceedings.

According to a physique language skilled, Prince Harry’s gestures and expressions through the service appeared to point “quite high” nervousness.

“It was like he had agreed to be the invisible man there to some extent,” Judi James instructed PA.

The Duke of Sussex (centre) and Princess Beatrice attend the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral

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She famous that Harry’s mannerisms, akin to conserving his head down, might be seen as “gestures of submission” and that he additionally appeared to the touch his garments continuously, which may level to nervousness.

“There was also a return of the slightly haunted eye expression we used to see before they moved,” she added.

The Service of Thanksgiving marks the primary time that the Cambridges and Sussexes have been seen collectively at the identical occasion since Commonwealth Day in March 2020, shortly after Harry and Meghan introduced that they’d be stepping again from their roles as senior working royals.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive for the service at St Paul’s Cathedral

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The two brothers, nevertheless, had been seen collectively final year at the funeral of their grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh.

At the time, it was reported that Prince William requested that one other member of the royal household stroll between him and Harry within the funeral procession from Windsor Castle to St George’s Chapel.

Prince Harry at the service for the Queen at St Paul’s Cathedral

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Inside the chapel the place the funeral befell, Harry and William had been, as soon as once more, sat on opposite sides of the room.

However, the pair had been seen talking as they left the church after the service.

Rumours of a strained relationship between the brothers have circulated in recent times, reaching new heights after Harry and Meghan appeared in a controversial interview with US tv host Oprah Winfrey.

During the service itself, the Queen was thanked by the Archbishop of York in his sermon for “staying the course”.

The Most Reverend Stephen Cottrell in contrast the monarch’s well-known love of horse racing to her lengthy reign, suggesting it “reflects the distance of Aintree more than the sprints of Epsom”.

Princess Anne and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge share a joke earlier than the service

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He instructed the congregation he was “sorry” the Queen couldn’t attend, however glad there was “still more to come”.

“It is well known that Her Majesty likes horse racing,” he mentioned. “I don’t have any great tips for the Derby, but since the scriptures describe life as a race set before us, let me observe that her long reign reflects the distance of Aintree more than the sprints of Epsom.

“Certainly, less dressage than most people imagine.

“But with endurance, through times of change and challenge, joy and sorrow, she continues to offer herself in the service of our country and the Commonwealth.

“Your Majesty, we’re sorry you’re not with us this morning in person, but you are still in the saddle. And we are all glad that there is still more to come.”

The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the service

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Archbishop Cottrell stepped in at late discover to ship the sermon after the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, contracted Covid-19.

In his deal with, the archbishop mentioned the perfect leaders had been those that “know how to be led” and “lead for others, not themselves”.

“People whose heart’s desire is to serve the common good and build up the common life; who don’t try to do it all themselves, or act in their own strength alone; people who take a longer view and who seek out places of replenishing, even places where they might learn the mind of Christ,” he mentioned.

Additional reporting by PA

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