Prince Harry and Meghan reunite with royal family in service of thanksgiving

Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, joined other members of the British Royal Family at a church service on Friday Queen Elizabeth II70 years on the throne.

The Queen herself skipped the event at London’s St Paul’s Cathedral due to issues that have hampered the 96-year-old monarch in public in recent months.

But royal onlookers quickly turned their attention to Harry and Meghan when they first appeared in public at the platinum anniversary festivities.

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive for the National Service of Thanksgiving held at St Paul's Cathedral as part of the platinum jubilee celebrations of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, in London, Friday, June 3, 2022. (Aaron Chown/Pool photo via AP)
Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, arrive at St Paul’s Cathedral for the National Service of Thanksgiving. (AP)
Harry and Meghan, who gave up royal duties and… moved to California two years agokept a low profile during the anniversary events held on Thursday, the first of four days of celebration.

The pair only appeared in photos shot through the windows of the building from which members of the royal family watched the Queen’s Birthday Parade.

The couple took on a more public role on Friday by walking into the church alone, holding hands and going through the tall nave of the cathedral for more senior royals.

Britain's Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, smiles as she arrives for a thanksgiving service for the reign of Queen Elizabeth II at St Pauls Cathedral in London, Friday, June 3, 2022, on the second of four days of Platinum Jubilee celebrations.  The events over a long holiday weekend in the UK are designed to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the monarchs' service.  (Daniel Leal, pool photo via AP)

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People in the church stretched their necks to look.

The Thanksgiving service takes place on the second of four days celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

On Thursday, thousands of royal supporters cheered wildly as the Queen joined other senior royals on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch 70 British military planes fly by.

The City of London Company of Pikemen and Musketeers outside the Guildhall at the Thanksgiving Service for the Reign of Queen Elizabeth II at St Paul's Cathedral in London, Friday 3 June 2022 on the second of four days of Platinum Jubilee celebrations.  The events over a long holiday weekend in the UK are designed to celebrate the monarch's 70th anniversary.  (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
The City of London Company of Pikemen and Musketeers outside the Guildhall at the Thanksgiving Service for the Reign of Queen Elizabeth II at St Paul’s Cathedral in London, Friday 3 June 2022 on the second of four days of Platinum Jubilee celebrations. The events over a long holiday weekend in the UK are designed to celebrate the monarch’s 70th anniversary. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) (AP)

The Queen decided not to attend Friday’s church service after experiencing “some discomfort” during Thursday’s events.

She was expected to see the event on television with Prince Charles replacing her.

The congregation at St Paul’s includes members of the Royal Family, leading politicians, diplomats and over 400 essential workers, charitable volunteers and members of the armed forces invited in recognition of their service to the community.

Archbishop of York Stephen Cottrell will deliver a sermon.

Cottrell stepped in after Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby tested positive for COVID-19

The service begins and ends with the ringing of Great Paul, the largest church bell in Britain.

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