On Saturday the Duchess of Sussex made her first appearances since going on maternity leave, joining the Queen and lots of other royals for the Trooping the Color celebration. Of course, all eyes were on her return, and there was one moment in particular between Aunt Meghan and her nephew Prince George that didn’t go unnoticed.
The five-year-old royal was seen cheekily waving backwards at the crowds as he was exiting from the balcony, which made his aunt burst into a fit of giggles. The royal family made their annual appearance on the balcony to see the flypast in full force. They were even joined by Prince Louis, who made his first ever Trooping the Color appearance on the iconic Buckingham Palace balcony.
It comes as no surprise that Aunt Meghan has a close bond with her niece and nephews. After her engagement to Prince Harry was announced in November 2017, the Palace confirmed that the US-born former actress had spent time on many occasions with her future sister-in-law Kate Middleton, and Kate’s two eldest children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, before officially tying the knot with Prince Harry.
On the big day on May 19 2018, Prince George and Princess Charlotte had roles of their own, being pageboy and bridesmaid respectively at their uncle’s wedding. At the time, Prince Louis was just a three-week-old baby and couldn’t attend.
Saturday marked Meghan’s first appearance in a long time after going on maternity leave. The last time we saw the Duchess was when she exited the hospital alongside Prince Harry and baby Archie just two days after giving birth. It is expected that the Duchess will continue to be on maternity leave and has no official royal duties planned in the next period, and will most likely be on maternity till the end of the summer.
Meghan couldn’t miss this important royal event, being happy to be able to join the other royals for the big family event to honour the monarch. A royal source has said for HELLO! magazine: “The Duchess is still on maternity leave, but this is a family moment, with the wider members of the royal family all in attendance. The Queen’s birthday celebration is a family event.”