As many as 1,800 people gathered at the special congregation including the Queen, Prince Charles, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with George and Charlotte, even Prince Andrew attended, arriving with the Queen by car, despite recent controversies.
However, the Sussexes decided to miss the occasion and opted instead to stay at home in the US. It followed Prince Harry raising concerns for his family’s safety in the UK without police protection.
Royal expert Ingrid Seward told The Mirror she thinks the decision by the couple speaks volumes.
Ms Seward said: “What a missed opportunity it was not to bring Meghan and the children to join the extended royal family, European cousins and of course Archie’s contemporaries.
“The only explanation is that neither one of them wanted to go. There would have been no security problems. The whole Abbey was bristling with secret service men to guard the biggest gathering of royalty, politicians and top army brass since the London wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
“Harry must have known it would look petulant and rude. And if he did not Meghan would have.
She added: “If it was a pointed snub to the whole royal family and it went sour.
“He will not get another opportunity to pay his respects in public to the grandfather who always supported him.
“He has upset too…