MEGHAN Markle smiled as she joined Kate Middleton at Trooping the Colour today in her first public appearance since the birth of Archie.
But the Duchess of Sussex is not accompanied by her newborn son for the Queen’s official birthday celebrations.
Meghan and Harry arriving at Trooping the Colour earlier[/caption]
Meghan will join the rest of the royal family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in her first outing since Archie’s birth on May 6.
She briefly spoke in St George’s Hall at Windsor Castle to show her baby to the world in the days after his birth.
But Meghan has spent the majority of her time since then bonding with Archie in Frogmore Cottage, her home with Prince Harry, away from the public eye.
Since Archie’s birth, Meghan has been absent from several high profile royal events.
Her presence alongside Kate today comes amid rumours of a rift between the princesses.
Meghan didn’t attend the royal banquet at Buckingham Palace held in honour American President Donald Trump this week.
Days before his arrival, President Trump said he didn’t realise Meghan had been “nasty” about him — but praised the idea of an American princess.
Royal expert Ingrid Seward says Meghan’s outing today could be seen as a deliberate attempt to spite Trump
She said: “I don’t think [Meghan would] miss an opportunity like that – it’s totally high profile, so then it makes her, will make her point with Trump – ‘I didn’t come to the state banquet, here I am at the Trooping the Colour parade!’”
News of Meghan’s appearance comes after The Sun exclusively revealed her wedding pictures with Harry were leaked on Instagram after their photographer was hacked.
Meghan also missed out on the commemorative events for the 75th anniversary of the Allied D-Day landings on June 6, 1944.
Husband Harry had donned his Blues and Royals ceremonial uniform to pay tribute to Chelsea Pensioners at the Royal Hospital Chelsea on Thursday.
Speaking to the crowd which had six veterans of the D-Day landings in the audience, Harry said: “I can only say that you are a constant reminder of the great debt we owe those who have served this nation.”
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Trooping the Colour sees 1,400 soldiers, 400 musicians and 200 horses parade to celebrate the Queen’s official birthday.
Her Majesty’s 93rd birthday was actually in April, but the official birthday parade is celebrated on the second Saturday of June every year.
Earlier, medics had to help a soldier who fell off his horse during the display.
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