PUBLISHED: 13:09, Mon, Sep 28, 2020 | UPDATED: 13:10, Mon, Sep 28, 2020
The photographs of that last engagement at the Commonwealth Service in Westminster Abbey, show Meghan stun in an emerald ensemble, grinning as she waved at the crowds. The couple strolled confidently to the church, stopping to chat to children on the way. However, in the book ‘Finding Freedom’ by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, the authors claimed that just moments before Meghan had been crying as she said goodbye to her team.
They wrote: “Harry quietly slipped through the door of the 1844 Room to say hello, and the reality ‒ and the emotions ‒ finally set in.
“Meghan turned around to hug goodbye to the last remaining people in the room, including an author of this book.
“With the state room almost empty except for a few familiar faces, the tears the Duchess had been holding back were free to flow.
“She embraced some of the dedicated team members whose tireless efforts ‒ to promote the couple’s work, launch landmark projects and deal with the near-daily crises brought on by the tabloids ‒ had come to an abrupt end.
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Meghan Markle reportedly cried right before her last ever engagement (Image: GETTY)
Meghan and Harry smiled at the crowds during their last engagement (Image: GETTY)
“‘I can’t believe this is it,’ she said, hugging one of the young female aides she had become close with.
“Though Team Sussex was a much smaller operation than the sophisticated offices at Clarence House and Kensington Palace, in the short space of a year since setting up, they had become like family.”
This account of Meghan before the last engagement shows the difference between the image people portray to the public and what is really going on behind the scenes.
The Duchess of Sussex has previously hinted at this discrepancy in her interview with ITV’s Tom Bradby when she said the press scrutiny and social media abuse was “a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes”.
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Meghan and Harry stopped to talk to a group of children (Image: GETTY)