Meghan gives Kate Middleton awkward wave as they meet for first time since Megxit, Kate avoids eye contact

Meghan gives Kate Middleton awkward wave as they meet for first time since Megxit, Kate avoids eye contact
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Meghan Markle gave a little wave to sister-in-law Kate Middleton as they met for the first time since their royal exit.

The Duchess of Sussex appeared to say "hello" to the Duchess of Cambridge after being seated at Westminster Abbey for the Commonwealth Day Service. Her husband Harry also followed, smiling at his brother William before sitting next to his wife. Watch the awkward moment here.

While William gave a quick hello Kate appeared to avoid eye contact and instead greeted Sophie Wessex. 

As they waited for the Queen's arrival, Meghan chatted animatedly with Edward. Meanwhile, Harry put his arm on the back of his wife's chair and joined in the conversation.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the Commonwealth Day Service 2020 at Westminster Abbey on March 09, 2020, in London, England. (Getty Images)

Meghan and Kate had greeted each other with a kiss on both cheeks for the event last year. However, this time it was a more reserved display.

Furthermore, the Sussexes were not a part of the Queen's procession like last year and were escorted to their seats for Monday's event.

According to one royal insider, the sudden change was made only on Sunday, after the Order of Service had already been finalized and printed.

This will be the last royal engagement for Harry and Meghan before they embark on a new journey in Canada.

Recent reports have claimed a rift between the Sussexes and the Cambridges after their bombshell departure from the royal family.

That said, Prince Andrew was missing from this year's service after being forced to step back from royal duties over his involvement with deceased pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Sophie, Countess of Wessex attend the Commonwealth Day Service 2020 on March 9, 2020, in London, England. (Getty Images)

According to The Sun, Prince Harry had a four-hour conversation with his Queen grandmother at Windsor Castle on Sunday, where she allegedly told him he would be welcomed back if he and Meghan ever decided to become senior royals again.

And despite stepping back from royal duties, Prince Harry's relationship with his father is reportedly "rock solid."

Since returning to the UK last week, the Duke of Sussex has spent hours with Prince Charles while fulfilling his final duties as a royal before quitting The Firm.

Meanwhile, Meghan revealed that ten-month-old Archie is starting to walk as she made a surprise appearance at Robert Clack School, Dagenham, East London, on International Women's Day.

During her visit, she also met with 66-year-old Geraldine Dear, whose historical strike at the nearby Ford motor plant in 1984 paved the way for equal pay for women.

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