New Book Claims Prince Harry Was "Fighting Back Tears" During a Very Public Royal Snub

"There was the snub in black and white—set out for all to see."

Okay, so remember all the way back in March 2020 when Meghan Markle (opens in new tab) and Prince Harry (opens in new tab) joined Prince William, Kate Middleton (opens in new tab), and the Queen at the Commonwealth Day Service? A.k.a. their last appearance as working royals (opens in new tab)?

Yeah, well apparently it was peak dramatic—at least according to royal author Robert Lacey's new book Battle of Brothers (opens in new tab).

But first, a little background. Apparently, the initial plan (opens in new tab) was for Kate and William to walk into the event with with the Queen, Prince Charles, and Duchess Camilla, while Harry and Meghan were supposed to take their seats ahead of them. The Daily Mail (opens in new tab) revealed at the time that Meghan and Harry were “quite sensitive and emotional about it,” and that William and Kate “stepped in to defuse the situation” and offered to join them in their seats instead of walking in with the Queen & co.

But here's the thing: Lacey reports that programs announcing the order of procession—and revealing Harry and Meghan's snub—had already been distributed to everyone in the building ahead of their arrival.

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"The only problem was that 2,000 orders of service had already been distributed round the Abbey, explaining that William and Kate would enter and process with the main royal party—and making no mention at all of Harry and Meghan," Lacey writes, per Newsweek (opens in new tab). "So there was the snub in black and white—set out for all to see. Observers also noted that Harry's face was 'quite tense and unsmiling'—and that when William sat down close to him, he barely greeted his brother. Throughout the service, Meghan megawatted away with her best TV smile but, as the ceremony progressed, Harry appeared to grow gloomier. According to one observer, 'his accelerated blinking even suggested he might have been fighting back tears.'"

I mean...to be honest, Harry had every reason to be upset—especially considering that he and Meghan are members of the royal family and were still working on behalf of the crown at the time. Just saying!

Mehera Bonner
Entertainment Editor

Mehera Bonner is a celebrity and entertainment news writer who enjoys Bravo and Antiques Roadshow with equal enthusiasm. She was previously entertainment editor at Marie Claire and has covered pop culture for over a decade.