IT WAS the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s first official outing as a married couple… but Prince Harry was the one who lost his poise.
Meghan, who experienced being addressed in public as Her Royal Highness for the first time, was a picture of cool yesterday. But her husband found himself battling with a pesky insect in the garden of Buckingham Palace.
Attempting to deliver a speech in honour of his father, the Prince of Wales, Harry may have been wishing he could call in a SWAT team as a bumblebee buzzed close to his ear.
Meghan, 36, burst into giggles as the duke fluffed his lines and quipped: ‘I’m sorry… that bee really got me.’
He was paying a moving tribute to Prince Charles for his decades of charitable work, calling him an ‘inspiration’ to his sons.
He said his father had also influenced many of the 6,500 guests on the palace lawn, representing 386 of the prince’s patronages, and 18 of his military affiliations.
They all were there to celebrate Charles’s 70th birthday later this year. Harry told him: ‘It is your selfless drive to affect change, whether that is to improve the lives of those who are on the wrong path, to save an important piece of our national heritage or to protect a particular species under threat, which William and I draw inspiration from every day.’
Harry, 33, and his bride had only a brief getaway after their wedding on Saturday, having delayed their honeymoon to be at the garden party.
Meghan was elegant in a blush-pink silk-crepe dress costing £590 from British label Goat, a favourite of the Duchess of Cambridge. She teamed it with a saucer-style hat by Philip Treacy.