Here’s Why Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton Weren’t at Lady Gabriella Windsor’s Royal Wedding

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This time last year, all eyes were on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry as they said “I do”—and on Saturday (May 18), members of the royal family were at St. George’s Chapel once again for the royal wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston. (Lady Gabriella is the daughter of Princess Michael of Kent, who is Queen Elizabeth II’s cousin.)

Markle and her in-laws, Prince William and Kate Middleton were all absent—but everyone had a good reason. The Duchess of Sussex, of course, just gave birth to little Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor a little less than two weeks ago, so naturally it makes sense that she opted to chill with the little guy and her mom, Doria Ragland, at their home in nearby Frogmore Cottage.

Kensington Palace announced in a statement earlier this week that William had a prior engagement. “The Duke of Cambridge, President of the FA, will attend the 2019 FA Cup Final between Manchester City and Watford at Wembley Stadium, and will present the trophy to the winners,” it read. And since his and Middleton’s children were not in the wedding—as they were for the Sussexes and Princess Eugenie—she didn’t need to attend in order to look after the little ones.

But Prince Harry was there—and looked to be having a great time with the bride’s sister, his grandparents, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, and his aunt, Princess Anne.

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The rest of Kate’s family was on hand to represent the Middletons, including her sister, Pippa, with her husband, James Matthews; her brother, James, with his girlfriend Alizee Thevenet; and her parents, Carole and Michael.

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And, of course, the bride and groom looked wonderful and happy.

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Hopefully, Harry got home and filled Meghan in on all the family gossip ahead of celebrating their first wedding anniversary on Sunday.



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