Oftentimes, when the royals have appearances to make and engagements to attend, an announcement is made to the public. But for Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan, it’s not always about public proclamation. Sometimes, they just show up.
The Sussexes took to Instagram Thursday morning to reveal they dropped by a local community event for military families the day before. Harry and Meghan walked into Broom Farm Community Centre, which just happens to be a short jaunt away from Frogmore Cottage, for some coffee and conversation with the spouses, partners, parents, and children of those who have been deployed overseas.
“It’s unbelievably hard. I have so much respect and admiration for anyone who has to deal with that,” Harry told Army & You magazine, adding how difficult it must be for parents of young children. “I can’t imagine what it’s like to miss so much as they change so quickly.” In a video shared on the Sussexes’ Instagram account, Harry and Meghan are seen chatting with those in attendance, particularly other parents with babies.
One mum, Amy Thompson, said that she and Meghan happily swapped stories. “My daughter Aeris is the same age as Archie and we talked about weaning and the children beginning to crawl — she’s just a normal mum and it was like talking to a friend.” And, of course, Meghan and Harry couldn’t resist hanging out and playing with some of the little ones who were there. In fact, while interacting with a group of toddlers, Meg revealed just how quickly their son, Archie, is growing up, admiring one little girl’s chompers before saying, “Archie just got two teeth — two tiny ones right there,” as she pointed to the bottom of her mouth.
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Yesterday, The Duke and Duchess surprised their neighbours in Windsor at a coffee morning for military families in a community centre located in the heart of the Army housing estate. Every year during the month of November we pause to remember and honour all those who have served their country here in the UK, across the Commonwealth and around the world. Their Royal Highnesses also wanted to show support for the families of service personnel who are currently deployed overseas. As we lead up to Remembrance Sunday, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will join Her Majesty The Queen and other Members of the Royal Family at various commemoration events, including the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall and the Cenotaph. During the visit yesterday, Their Royal Highnesses met with young families who shared their experiences as parents and as couples who are often apart from their loved ones for months at a time. A reminder that a life of service does not simply describe the person wearing the uniform, but the entire family. #Remembrance #Lestweforget
It’s Remembrance Week in the U.K., so the timing of their visit couldn’t be more perfect, as those who died in combat, veterans who served and those currently serving are honoured. On Thursday, Harry and Meghan visited Westminster Abbey’s Field of Remembrance. On Saturday, they’ll join The Queen and other members of the BRF at the Festival of Remembrance, and they wrap up the week at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday.
For now, let’s just appreciate the Sussexes for all they do, be it the big things or the small gestures. Really, though, in their case, size doesn’t matter. Helen Llewelyn-Usher, wife of Welsh Guards Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Henry Llewelyn-Usher, said the Sussexes’ visit was an inspiration.
“It’s amazing that Harry and Meghan found time to fit this in to their busy schedule,” she said. “They shook hands with every single person. It brought together lots of people and now they will always have this amazing memory in common.”