The appearance marks the first time Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have appeared with the royal family in more than two years.Meghan Markle is back at Buckingham Palace — and she’s having a ball with the youngest royals in attendance.The Duke and Duchess of Sussex — who arrived in the U.K. on Wednesday with their children Archie, 3, and , who turns one on Saturday — joined the royal family for Trooping the Colour on Thursday at the palace. Meghan, 40, could be seen playfully entertaining various young royals, including Zara Tindall’s kids Mia, 8, and Lena, 3, and Peter Phillips’ daughter Savannah, 11.
The outing marks the first time that Meghan and Prince Harry, 37 — who was seen chatting with the Duke of Kent and at one point shushing the boisterous royal kids himself — have appeared together with the royal family in more than two years. Their last appearance was in March 2020 for Commonwealth Day, their final outing as official working royals.
Harry and Meghan watched the birthday parade for Queen Elizabeth from the Major General’s Office, which overlooks the Horse Guards Parade. Meghan wore an asymmetrical, wide-brimmed Stephen Jones hat with an oversized navy bow and coordinating navy dress, while Harry wore a blue suit rather than ceremonial dress as he has in the past.
The Queen previously announced that only senior working members of the royal family will be included in the balcony appearance. Harry and Meghan stepped back from royal duties in January 2020 and have since moved to Montecito, California.Earlier Thursday morning, the Cambridge children — Prince George, 8, Princess Charlotte, 7, and Prince Louis, 4 — made their carriage debut at Trooping the Colour. Later, Louis stole the spotlight with his expressive antics on the balcony. (His great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, appeared amused!)On Friday, Harry and Meghan are expected to make another appearance at the National Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral.