Meghan Markle pays tribute at the Queen's funeral with simple gesture
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Meghan Markle has paid tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II with a simple gesture at her funeral.
Meghan arrived at the state funeral at Westminster Abbey today (19 September) with her husband, Prince Harry, and the rest of the royal family following the Queen's passing on 8 September.
She was dressed in black and wore a wide-brimmed hat, but it was her earrings that held extra meaning at the occasion.
Meghan's pearl and diamond earrings, which hang just below her earlobes, were gifted to Meghan by the Queen following her marriage to Prince Harry in 2018.
She was first seen wearing the earrings in 2018 in Cheshire, during her first and only solo engagement with the late Queen, and wore them again last week as a tribute to the Queen as she was moved from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall in preparation for the lying-in-state period.
Meghan's tribute comes after she and Harry posted a simple message to their website for their foundation Archewell, following the Queen's death, reading: "In loving memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 1926-2022".
A few days later, Prince Harry posted a longer statement in which he remembered the times the Queen had shared with his wife and children writing: "Granny, while this final parting brings us great sadness, I am forever grateful for all of our first meetings – from my earliest childhood memories with you, to meeting you for the first time as my Commander-in-Chief, to the first moment you met my darling wife and hugged your beloved great-grandchildren."
"I cherish these times shared with you, and the many other special moments in between," Prince Harry continued. "You are already sorely missed, not just by us, but by the world over. And as it comes to first meetings, we now honour my father in his new role as King Charles III.
"Thank you for your commitment to service. Thank you for your sound advice.Thank you for your infectious smile. We, too, smile knowing that you and grandpa are reunited now, and both together in peace."
Meghan is among 2,000 people who have gathered at Westminster Abbey to celebrate the life of the Queen, including past prime ministers and current Prime Minister Liz Truss and US President Joe Biden. Meghan entered the Abbey behind Kate Middleton and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, with Prince Harry walking in a procession behind the coffin along with King Charles, Prince William and the Queen's other children.