Prince Charles Blows Kate Middleton a Kiss During Sweet Greeting at Friday’s Service of Thanksgiving

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It was a blink and you’d miss it moment between father-in-law and daughter-in-law on Friday that made eagle-eyed royal watchers swoon.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived right before Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall at St. Paul’s Cathedral for the Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen, and before they took part in the procession to take their seats, the foursome greeted one another by the front doors of the church.

“As they walked towards each other, Charles was seen blowing Kate a quick kiss, to the delight of royal fans,” The Mirror reports. “They then exchanged a few words before walking in to take their seats in the front row.”

Minus the notable absence of Her Majesty, almost all of the royal family was in attendance—including Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who Charles, Camilla, William, and Kate did not publicly interact with during the service. However, Marie Claire reported yesterday that the Sussexes paid a visit to Charles and Camilla’s London home, Clarence House, after the Service of Thanksgiving on Friday.

This morning, on the final day of Platinum Jubilee celebrations, Charles and Camilla took part in the Big Jubilee Lunch at The Oval in London, where he chatted with, among others, Sarah Friar, CEO of neighborhood app Nextdoor, who sat opposite the Prince of Wales, reports The Mirror.

“He said at the end how great it was that everyone comes together this weekend,” Friar said, adding that Charles commented “When it comes to Monday, are we going to go back to all the bickering again? Let’s hope we don’t do that.”

Friar said that it was “a wonderful thought” for all of us.

Rachel Burchfield
Senior Celebrity and Royals Editor

Rachel Burchfield is a writer, editor, and podcaster whose primary interests are fashion and beauty, society and culture, and, most especially, the British Royal Family and other royal families around the world. She serves as Marie Claire’s Senior Celebrity and Royals Editor and has also contributed to publications like Allure, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle, People, Vanity Fair, Vogue, and W, among others. Before taking on her current role with Marie Claire, Rachel served as its Weekend Editor and later Royals Editor. She is the cohost of Podcast Royal, a show that was named a top five royal podcast by The New York Times. A voracious reader and lover of books, Rachel also hosts I’d Rather Be Reading, which spotlights the best current nonfiction books hitting the market and interviews the authors of them. Rachel frequently appears as a media commentator, and she or her work has appeared on outlets like NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, CNN, and more.