Mon. Oct 3rd, 2022

Prince Harry was sure to support Meghan Markle as much as she supported him during Queen Elizabeth’s funeral. Speaking with PEOPLE after the poignant services, funeral guest and attorney Pranav Bhanot shared some of the moments he saw between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex during the Westminster Abbey state funeral.

 

 

“You saw the reassurance that Harry was giving to Meghan at times when they were walking together and had to go in their different directions,” Bhanot told PEOPLE.

“I noticed just how supportive Harry was to Meghan,” he continued. “When they went their separate directions after the ceremony, he gave her a firm squeeze of the hand. I felt he wanted to ensure she felt comfortable.”

Later on in the day, the couple sat next to Prince William, Kate Middleton and their two older children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, at the committal ceremony for the late monarch.The service took place at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle — where the Duke and Duchess of Sussex wed in May 2018 — on Monday.

Members of the royal family (left to right, from front) the Duke of York, the Earl of Wessex, the Countess of Wessex, the Prince of Wales, <a href="https://people.com/tag/prince-george/" data-inlink="true">Prince George</a>, <a href="https://people.com/tag/princess-charlotte/" data-inlink="true">Princess Charlotte</a>, the Princess of Wales, the Duke of Sussex, the Duchess of Sussex, Peter Phillips, the Earl of Snowdon, the Duke of Gloucester and the Duke of Kent attend the State Funeral of <a href="https://people.com/tag/queen-elizabeth/" data-inlink="true">Queen Elizabeth</a> II at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022 in London, England.

 

Meghan, 41, Harry, 38, Kate, 40, William, 40, George, 9, and Charlotte, 7, sat in the front row of pews on one side of the Queen’s coffin. After walking into the chapel in a procession behind the Queen’s coffin, Kate and Prince William stood to the side to let Meghan and Prince Harry into the pew first.

As the next two people in the line of succession to the throne, Prince William and Prince George had prominent spots next to each other near the altar.

On the opposite side in the front row sat Prince Edward with his wife, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, along with their children, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were already in Europe for a series of charity events without their kids — son Archie Harrison and daughter Lilibet “Lili” Diana — when the late monarch died “peacefully” at her beloved Scottish residence, Balmoral Castle, at age 96 on Sept. 8.

The State Funeral Of <a href="https://people.com/tag/queen-elizabeth/" data-inlink="true">Queen Elizabeth</a> II

 

The couple stayed in the U.K. in order to attend the funeral on Monday as well as a number of events leading up to the service.

The Queen will be surrounded by family once she’s buried at St. George’s Chapel, on which construction began in 1475 by King Edward IV and was completed more than 50 years later by King Henry VIII.

Her parents, King George VI, who died in 1952, and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, who died in 2002, as well as her sister, Princess Margaret, who also died in 2002, are all interred in the King George VI Memorial Chapel.

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