Meghan Markle ‘in tears’ during final engagement as a senior royal

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  • Meghan Markle is said to have been ‘in tears’ earlier this week as she carried out her final engagement as a senior member of the royal family.

    • Meghan Markle and husband Prince Harry carried out their final official engagements as senior members of the Royal Family over the last couple of weeks.
    • And the Duchess of Sussex is said to have been left in “tears” as she carried out her final private engagement and bid a ‘bittersweet’ farewell to royal staff.
    • In other royal news, Meghan Markle just shared the most adorable update on her and Prince Harry’s baby son Archie.

    Over the last couple of weeks, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been carrying out their final engagements as senior members of the Royal Family.

    Duchess Meghan is said to have flown back to Canada on Tuesday to join the Sussexes’ 10-month-old son Archie, while Prince Harry stays on in the UK to plan for the future.

    Just before the Duchess flew back to Canada, where the couple have been living since November, the Sussexes attended the Commonwealth Day Service, where Meghan is said to have got teary-eyed.

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    Telegraph columnist Bryony Gordon, who attended the event, revealed that the Duchess had “tears glistening” in her “bright friendly eyes” as she met with people at the event and discussed their work.

    “The pervading emotion on Monday, as I watched the Duchess carry out her final private engagement, seemed to be profound sadness,” said Bryony.

    “Sadness that it had come to this; sadness that they could not make it work and sadness that less than two years since that glittering fairy tale wedding, the first person of colour to join the British royal family was off.

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    Earlier this week The Duchess of Sussex, in her role as Patron of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), met with the bright minds from across the Commonwealth to hear about their commitment to tackling the global challenges we all face. The Duchess spoke with Scholars studying and researching important areas surrounding; cleaning up plastic pollution in our oceans, helping to build more sustainable cities, improving health outcomes for citizens, and supporting decent work and economic growth. Paving the way as the next generation of leaders, these inspirational scholars, are spread far across the Commonwealth from Malawi to Malaysia, Ghana to Sri Lanka – all of whom will use the skills and knowledge they gain while studying in the UK to make a difference when they return to their home countries. The Duchess, who also attended university with support of a scholarship, is a strong advocate of accessible education for all. As the Royal Patron of The Association of Commonwealth Universities (@The_ACU_Official) since January 2019, The Duchess has met and engaged with students, academics, and staff from ACU member universities across the Commonwealth to learn more about the vital work they do to address global challenges. As President and Vice President of The @Queens_Commonwealth_Trust, The Duke and Duchess thank all those who are working to give access to education for all.

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    “How ironic that her final engagement was to be a Commonwealth service that celebrated diversity, uniqueness, and the strength we draw from embracing each other and our differences.”

    Adding that “there is a feeling that they have been hung out to dry” in the way the couple were treated in the UK, Bryony said that insiders with knowledge of behind-the-scenes knew ‘that she took her role seriously, and was not just prepared but proud to deliver whatever was asked of her”.

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    “Watching from the sidelines, her departure seemed bittersweet and tinged with huge sadness,” she added, “not for herself, but for her husband”.

    We wish the couple all the best as they move forward with their lives.