MEGHAN MARKLE and Prince Harry will be joined for the first time on an official public engagement by Camilla Parker Bowles this coming Thursday
The royal trio will visit Westminster Abbey’s Field of Remembrance to view the plots of tiny crosses erected by regiments, military units and other organisations associated with the First World War and other conflicts. The Field of Remembrance is an event organised every November by the Poppy Factory to commemorate those who have lost their lives in the Armed Forces. The Duchess of Cornwall is a patron of the organisation, which is situated in Richmond, London.
It was founded in 1922 to offer employment opportunities to wounded soldiers returning from the First World War.
It creates remembrance products for the Royal Family and The Royal British Legion’s annual Poppy Appeal.
The event is just one of many planned for the week and which culminates on Sunday in the Remembrance service at the Cenotaph.
The Queen will be joined at the service by the the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Duke of York, Earl and Countess of Wessex, the Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence.
Meghan Markle (Image: GETTY)
Meghan and Camilla (Image: GETTY)
In keeping with previous years Her Majesty will view procedures from the balcony of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office building.
The Prince of Wales will lay a wreath on her behalf, while an equerry will perform the same task for the Duke of Edinburgh, who has retired from public duties.
As part of her Remembrance week schedule, the monarch will visit the Royal British Legion Industries’ Village in Aylesford on Wednesday.
She is patron of the organisation, which provides accommodation and welfare support to veterans and the wider Armed Forces community.
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The weekend programme will see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex make their first public appearances together since ITV’s explosive documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey.
In an interview with Tom Bradby, Harry hinted that his relationship with his brother William was somewhat strained.
He said: ”The majority of the stuff is created out of nothing but as brothers, you know, you have good days, you have bad days.
“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.”
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Queen Elizabeth II (Image: GETTY)
The young royal couples will attend the annual Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall.
Palace staff are hopeful that the two brothers will have patched up their differences in time for the Remembrance commemorations.
A Palace insider told The Sun: ”Palace staff are keen to ensure that the family come together to pay their respects and that the focus is on the brave souls who lost their lives for their country.
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“Remembrance Day is an especially poignant event for all of the members of the royal family, but especially for Prince Harry who served in Afghanistan.
“There is a general sense of hope that this day will put things in perspective and allow senior family members time to reflect on what the important things in life really are.”
Meanwhile,the Duchess of Cambridge has been busy working behind the scenes to help smooth over problems and make peace between warring family factions.
William and Harry (Image: GETTY)
Royal author Philip Dampier revealed that:“Behind the scenes I’m told Kate is doing her best to bring everyone together and help Meghan.
“I’m told she has reached out to Meghan and spoken to her on the phone. Kate feels sorry for her and knows that Meghan is struggling.
“Catherine has told Meghan that every royal – including herself – goes through a bad patch with the press but the important thing is to learn by mistakes, move on and get through it.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK