Inside St Paul’s seating plan with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on the opposite side to Kate Middleton and Prince William

INSIDE the seating plan at St Paul’s Cathedral with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on the opposite side of Kate Middleton and Prince William.

The Royal Family gathered in the church this morning for the Thanksgiving service – part of the Queen’s stellar Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

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William and Kate are seen on the left side, with Meghan and Harry on the rightCredit: PA
Boris Johnson gave a speech at the thanksgiving service this morning

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Boris Johnson gave a speech at the thanksgiving service this morningCredit: Getty

The Royal Family gathered on the second day of the Jubilee at St Paul’s Cathedral for the Service of Thanksgiving.

But the Queen, 96, did not attend – and instead watches the service on TV from Windsor Castle.

But interior pictures show the royal seating plan – with senior members of society getting prime seats up front.

Prince William and Kate Middleton, 40, were spotted next to each other in the front row on the left.

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While Meghan Markle, 40, and Prince Harry sat on the opposite side, one row behind.

Indeed, seating order is determined by working royal status – and both Meg and Harry left office in 2020.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were also not included in the procession to the cathedral this morning.

Seated front and center was next in line to the throne, Prince Charles, with his wife Camilla.

Next to Kate sat Princess Anne, with her husband Timothy Laurence.

And on the other side, the Duke of Wessex was accompanied by his wife and two children.

Today’s event included congregational readings, hymns, prayers and hymns – all expressing thanks for the Queen’s reign, faith and service over the past seven decades.

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In addition to the royal family, more than 400 people were invited to the ceremony in recognition of their contribution to public life at both community and national level.

They are recipients of honors in the New Year or Birthday Honors List, many for their work throughout the pandemic.

The list includes NHS and key workers, teaching staff, civil servants and members of the armed forces.

Meghan and Harry look at each other during the service, with the Duke of Wessex's children in the front row

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Meghan and Harry look at each other during the service, with the Duke of Wessex’s children in the front rowCredit: NEWS UK
William and Kate seated next to the Princess Royal

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William and Kate seated next to the Princess RoyalCredit: PA

Also present were Boris Johnson, members of the Cabinet and representatives from overseas.

Guests began entering the cathedral at 11 a.m.

The Great Paul, the largest church bell in the country, rang as they walked inside after being restored in 2021.

He’s been rung eight times since – although it’s his first royal occasion since the big overhaul.

The Queen is expected to rest at her Berkshire residence after the busy start to Jubilee festivities on Thursday.

After the service, the Royal Family will attend a Guildhall reception with the Lord Mayor of London.


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