The Duke and Duchess Surprise Local Military Families in Windsor
Yesterday, The Duke and Duchess surprised military families in Windsor at a coffee morning in the Broom Farm Community Centre located in the Army housing estate.
In honor of Remembrance Sunday on 10 November, Harry and Meghan wanted to show support for the families of service personnel who are currently deployed overseas.
The below video clip from Forces Network shows the couple arriving unannounced and the surprised parents.
From Army&You magazine, Harry spoke about how difficult it can be for families while someone is away serving —
“It’s unbelievably hard. I have so much respect and admiration for anyone who has to deal with that,” he said.
He also remarked on what it must be like for parents who are away from children.
“I can’t imagine what it’s like to miss so much as they change so quickly,” he said.
The couple shared baby stories with other mothers and fathers during the visit.
Amy Thompson, whose husband Brad is with the Welsh Guards, had this to say about the new royal parents —
“My daughter Aeris is the same age as Archie and we talked about weaning and the children beginning to crawl—she’s just a normal mum and it was like talking to a friend,”
“Harry was saying how little Archie was starting to crawl, how they’ve started eating different foods, [making] all of the funny faces.”
The Duchess also shared some details of Archie’s sleep patterns and teething with a few of the moms.
Army spouse Leigh Smith brought her eight-year-old daughter Molly to meet the Royals.
“Meghan promised not to tell anyone that I was off school,” said Molly. “She asked me who my best friend was.”
“We had a party when Harry and Meghan got married and we’ve followed their story ever since,” added Leigh. “So it was an amazing experience for Molly to shake hands with them. It’s really special and a lovely boost for the whole community.”
Coldstream Guards welfare officer, Capt Colin Lewis, said the visit was a welcomed one after a tough 18 months away.
“The regiment are really appreciative of the support the families provide by picking up the burden when the service person is away. It’s great for The Duke and Duchess to take the time to truly understand the challenges they face. They are very down to earth, and they’ve had a snapshot of the entire community here by talking to lots of people from different backgrounds.”
Tariq Baksh, from the Household Cavalry welfare team felt that Harry and Meghan could relate to many of the families as young parents themselves —
“They’re a modern family and completely empathised with people – our families realised that they’re no different.”
The visit today helped to bring the community together and form new friendships. It looks like Meghan made a new friend with this adorable little girl.
Harry seemed to be smitten with her as well.
Below Meghan received flowers from a little girl as she and Harry were leaving.
Another look as Harry and Meghan chat with the children.
We’ll take a quick look at what Meghan wore for the visit.
UPDATE: Meghan wore what appears to be a light weight wool coat in a bronze/brown color.
It looks like Meghan’s coat could be a style by Massimo Dutti – the Long Wool Coat with Belt in Toffee, $479.
Thanks to Linda Sparkle on Instagram who already owned the coat for suggesting it.
She also wore a white 3/4 puff-sleeve blouse that ties at the neck which Meghan wore loosely tied.
The Duchess wore her Manolo Blahnik BB 105 (Tora heel) pumps in black, $665.
We will continue to update the post as we learn more about Meghan’s outfit details.
I did notice two new interesting necklaces Meghan had on.
The longer pendant appears to have a design on it. I thought maybe it was a locket at first, but it could be a simple pendant. We’ll have to wait and see if Meghan wears the necklaces again or if additional hi-res photos surface showing the pieces.
Reminder, be sure to see our earlier post from today, Meghan in Midnight Blue Sentaler for Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey. Below is a glimpse of what Meghan wore for the event from our Instagram account.