MEGHAN MARKLE and Prince Harry carried out an important engagement in secret yesterday, the royal’s Court Circular revealed.
Meghan and Prince Harry visited families of deployed service personnel at the Broom Farm Community Centre in Windsor – just a 15-minute drive away from Frogmore Cottage. But their meaningful visit has been kept secret until yesterday night, when the Court Circular published details about it.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex met Army personnel ahead of Remembrance Sunday, when the country will come together to pay its respect to those who fell in the line of duty.
The decision of keeping from the public news of the visit baffled some royal commentators, who were invited to the event but told not to publish information or pictures of it until today.
Daily Mail’s royal correspondent Rebecca English wrote on Twitter: “This was (strangely) meant to be embargoed until this morning but the Court Circular has revealed a secret engagement for Harry and Meghan yesterday: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex this morning visited families of deployed service personnel at Broom Farm Community Centre, Windsor.”
And Daily Express’ royal correspondent Richard Palmer said: “Harry and Meghan met service families yesterday but, surprisingly, Buckingham Palace said reporting it was embargoed until 9am today – and then put it in the Court Circular published last night. That’s all I’ll say about it.”
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry carried out an important engagement in secret yesterday (Image: PA)
Meghan Markle playing with children at the centre (Image: PA)
Heartwarming pictures show Meghan and Harry playing with children and speaking to members of the families of serving soldiers, with the Duchess being offered a cake by a toddler.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared details of the engagement on their Instagram account this morning.
They wrote: “Yesterday, The Duke and Duchess surprised their neighbours in Windsor at a coffee morning for military families in a community centre located in the heart of the Army housing estate.
“Every year during the month of November we pause to remember and honour all those who have served their country here in the UK, across the Commonwealth and around the world.
Meghan speaking to members of families of serving soldiers (Image: PA)
“Their Royal Highnesses also wanted to show support for the families of service personnel who are currently deployed overseas.
“As we lead up to Remembrance Sunday, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will join Her Majesty The Queen and other Members of the Royal Family at various commemoration events, including the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall and the Cenotaph.
“During the visit yesterday, Their Royal Highnesses met with young families who shared their experiences as parents and as couples who are often apart from their loved ones for months at a time.
“A reminder that a life of service does not simply describe the person wearing the uniform, but the entire family. #Remembrance #Lestweforget”
Meghan and Harry are to appear together in public again today, when they will visit the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey.
Pictures of the engagement were released one day after Harry and Meghan visited the centre (Image: PA)
Meghan and Prince Harry playing with children of serving soldiers (Image: PA)
Meghan receiving flowers from a toddler (Image: PA)
The Sussexes are scheduled to carry out this engagement with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
This would mark their first-ever public duty as a trio.
However, Camilla’s health may allow the Duchess to head to the Abbey in central London today.
The Duchess of Cornwall was expected to attend a gala dinner at the London Library yesterday night.
The joyful event, that Camilla would have attended as Vice-Patron, marked the 200th anniversary of the birth of Prince Albert – but the Duchess was advised by doctor to remain home and rest.
Meghan and Harry’s romance – timeline (Image: EXPRESS)
Camilla is believed to be suffering from a chest infection.
The royals heading to Westminster Abbey today will lay a Cross of Remembrance in the Field.
They will also observe two minutes of silence.
The royals will then visit the memorial plots for regimental and other associations, meeting veterans from all areas of the Armed Forces who have served in past campaigns and more recent conflicts.
Meghan and Harry aren’t the only royals taking part in visits honouring veterans and Army personnel ahead of Remembrance Day.
The Queen burying a time capsule (Image: GETTY)
Yesterday, the Queen visited the Royal British Legion Industries Centenary Village in Kent, where she saw the latest developments in the area and even wielded a shoe to bury a time capsule.
The capsule, to be opened in 100 years by future residents, commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI), founded in 1919 following the end of World War 1 to help veterans struggling to readapt to life as civilians and battling against tuberculosis.
On Saturday, members of the Royal Family will attend a special Remembrance Festival at the Royal Albert Hall.
This event will mark the first public engagements attended by both Prince William and Prince Harry since the ITV documentary aired in October, where the Duke of Sussex said he and his brother are on “separate paths”.
On Sunday, senior royals will gather around the Cenotaph in Whitehall to witness for the third year in a row Prince Charles laying a wrath of red poppies at the foot of the monument.
The Queen is expected to look on from the balcony of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office building, alongside with Camilla and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK