The annual service at the Cenotaph has traditionally been attended by veteran Prince Harry, 36, and his wife Meghan Markle, 39, but the couple were notably absent this year following their departure from the fold in March.
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Sophie and Edward’s roles are understood to have ramped up in the wake of Meghan and Harry’s departure and their appearance on Sunday seemed to hammer this message home.
After Kate and Prince William, Sophie and Edward are the second youngest couple of working royals.
This makes them a logical fit to fill the gap left by Meghan and Harry.
Sophie Wessex and Prince Edward fill Meghan Markle and Harry’s place at key event
On Sunday, Prince Edward was among royals to lay a wreath at the Cenotaph as Prince Harry has done in previous years.
Sophie was pictured on the balcony beside Princess Anne’s husband Timothy Laurence.
The Queen stood on the central balcony of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office building, while Camilla and Kate shared a balcony on the right.
This year’s Remembrance Sunday commemorations were dramatically stripped back in keeping with current COVID-19 restrictions.
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The Cenotaph service was closed to members of the public and the usual parade could not go ahead.
Prince Harry served in the British forces for 10 years and is immensely proud of his military ties.
One of the biggest blows to the Duke after choosing to relinquish his senior royal status is understood to have been the loss of his ceremonial military titles.
While Harry and Meghan were unable to mark Remembrance Sunday in the UK they paid tribute in California.
The Sussexes privately visited the Los Angeles National Cemetery on Sunday where they laid flowers picked from their garden at the gravesites of two Commonwealth soldiers.
One who served in the Australian Air Force and one from the Canadian Artillery.
While Harry was clearly keen to honour his military links some have criticised him and Meghan for publicising the move after photos of their “private gesture” were shared with the public.
Daily Express royal correspondent Richard Palmer tweeted: “The rift between the palace and Harry and Meghan is likely to deepen again. Why the need to take a PR photographer and publicise your ‘private’ act of remembrance?”
Sophie Wessex and Prince Edward: The Countess stood next to Princess Anne’s husband Timothy Laurence
Mr Palmer added: “Since they quit Britain Harry and Meghan have mainly done ‘engagements’ at which they seek to control the message by issuing photos and press releases afterwards.
“Where is the US media at these events? Isn’t a free press one of the western values we cherish and fight for?”
While other social media users have defended the Sussexes latest move.
One wrote: “What should be asked is why a member of the RF, he’s still family, who fought in active war was denied having a wreath placed in his name.
“To me, THAT is the real problem here and what should be discussed.”
Another put: “There’s absolutely nothing wrong with the Duke and Duchess being photographed honouring the war dead on Remembrance Sunday.
“How about asking why royal courtiers decided to keep Harry’s request to have a wreath laid in his absence from his grandmother, the Queen?”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK