Queen Elizabeth invites Meghan Markle, Prince Harry to church

As Meghan Markle and Prince Harry wrap up their final royal engagements before heading back to their new lives in Canada, they spent some quality time with Queen Elizabeth II at church on Sunday morning, March 8.

The monarch, 93, invited the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to join her for church service in Windsor on Sunday morning.

“It was a really sweet gesture that the Queen asked them to church,” a source tells PEOPLE. “It’s telling in the sense that these two are still her family. And as a family, they all love each other.”

The monarch wore a light blue outfit with a matching hat, Meghan wore a blue fascinator-style headpiece and striking emerald earrings, while Harry wore a suit and tie.

The move echoes the Queen’s rare and emotional statement earlier this year following the announcement that Harry and Meghan are stepping down as senior working royals.

“Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family,” the monarch said. “I recognise the challenges they have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life. I want to thank them for all their dedicated work across this country, the Commonwealth and beyond, and am particularly proud of how Meghan has so quickly become one of the family. It is my whole family’s hope that today’s agreement allows them to start building a happy and peaceful new life.”

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will fulfill their final royal commitment when they appear Monday at the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in London. It’s the last time they will be seen at work with the entire royal Windsor family.

The service marks the end of a two-month drama that began when the couple announced plans to step back as senior members of Britain’s royal family and into a world where they will have to earn a living, pay their own way and even open some doors for themselves.

It’s uncharted territory for the House of Windsor, even as the family seeks to downsize.

 

 

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