LOVE IN THE TIME OF GRIEF: Prince Harry was Meghan Markle's rock at Queen's service, reveals funeral guest
'He gave her a firm squeeze of the hand. I felt he wanted to ensure she felt comfortable,' said funeral guest and attorney Pranav Bhanot
LONDON, ENGLAND: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have always supported one another when times were difficult, and it was evident during the Queen's funeral that prince Harry supported his wife Meghan Markle to ensure that she was comfortable, just as she had supported him.
Attorney Pranav Bhanot, a guest at the funeral, spoke with PEOPLE after the moving services to describe some of the interactions he witnessed between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex during the state funeral at Westminster Abbey.
Funeral guest Pranav told People, "You saw the reassurance that Harry was giving to Meghan at times when they were walking together and had to go in their different directions."
He added, "I noticed just how supportive Harry was to Meghan. When they went their separate directions after the ceremony, he gave her a firm squeeze of the hand. I felt he wanted to ensure she felt comfortable."
When the mother-of-two has been in the UK with Prince Harry to bid their final goodbye to the Queen, it has been said that as she joined other royal family members for the funeral service on Monday, September 19, she got emotional. The Duchess of Sussex was reportedly seen wiping away her tears during the heartbreaking moment while standing beside Camilla, the Queen Consort, Catherine, Princess of Wales, and Prince George and Princess Charlotte, The Daily Mail reported. Eventually, she sat with Harry in the second row.
Judy James, a famous television expert in body language believes that Meghan "consoled" her "distressed" husband during the Queen's funeral ceremony at Westminster Abbey. The body language expert spoke to Fabulous and said, "Prince Harry and Meghan did exchange some words during the service, and it appeared that she was consoling him in his grief and distress." She added, at the moving service, the pair were seated behind King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla, and the Duchess of Sussex "was clearly tuned into him in terms of being supportive, turning her head in his direction several times when he moved."
Feeling bad for the Duke and the Duchess of Sussex, a Twitter user wrote, "I feel bad for The Duke and Duchess, you can see just how much pain they are in."
I feel bad for The Duke and Duchess, you can see just how much pain they are in.— Jackson Smith (@2yojoe2Smith) September 19, 2022
Though the nation observed ten-day mourning for their beloved queen starting from September 8, from the day of her death to the day of her funeral on Monday, September 19, the royal family will continue to mourn for another seven days. According to Hello, a recent statement by Buckingham Palace read, "It is His Majesty The King's wish that a period of Royal Mourning is observed from now until seven days after The Queen's funeral. "Royal mourning will be observed by members of the royal family, royal household staff and representatives of the royal household on official duties, together with troops committed to ceremonial duties."