Funeral guest reveals Prince Harry’s sweet gesture to make Meghan Markle ‘comfortable’ at service

Prince Harry would certainly support Meghan Markle as much as she did him at Queen Elizabeth’s funeral.

Speaking to PEOPLE after the poignant services, funeral guest and lawyer Pranav Bhanot shared some of the moments he witnessed between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at the state funeral at Westminster Abbey.

“You saw the reassurance Harry gave Meghan in moments when they walked together and had to go in different directions,” Bhanot told PEOPLE.

“I noticed how supportive Harry Meghan was,” he continued. “As they went their separate ways after the ceremony, he gave her a firm squeeze. I felt like he wanted to make sure she was comfortable.”

Mandatory mention: Photo by Martin Meissner/AP/Shutterstock (13401795ar) Britain's King Charles III, from bottom left, Camilla, the Queen Consort, Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex watch as Queen Elizabeth II's casket in the hearse is placed after the state funeral at Westminster Abbey in central London.  The Queen, who died on September 8 at the age of 96, is buried in Windsor next to her late husband, Prince Philip, who died last year Royals Funeral, London, United Kingdom - September 19, 2022

Mandatory mention: Photo by Martin Meissner/AP/Shutterstock (13401795ar) Britain’s King Charles III, from bottom left, Camilla, the Queen Consort, Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex watch as Queen Elizabeth II’s casket in the hearse is placed after the state funeral at Westminster Abbey in central London. The Queen, who died on September 8 at the age of 96, is buried in Windsor next to her late husband, Prince Philip, who died last year Royals Funeral, London, United Kingdom – September 19, 2022

Martin Meissner/AP/Shutterstock Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Later in the day, the couple sat next to Prince William, Kate Middleton and their two older children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, at the wedding ceremony for the late monarch.

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The service took place Monday at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, where the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were married in May 2018. Meghan, 41, Harry, 38, Kate, 40, William, 40, George, 9, and Charlotte, 7, sat in the front row of benches on one side of the Queen’s coffin. After walking into the chapel in a procession behind the Queen’s casket, Kate and Prince William stood aside to let Meghan and Prince Harry into the pew first.

Queen Elizabeth II's State Funeral

Queen Elizabeth II’s State Funeral

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend Queen Elizabeth’s state funeral

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

On the other 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.

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Members of the Royal Family (left to right, front) The Duke of York, Earl of Wessex, Countess of Wessex, Prince of Wales, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Princess of Wales, Duke of Sussex, the Duchess of Sussex, Peter Phillips, the Earl of Snowdon, the Duke of Gloucester and the Duke of Kent attend Queen Elizabeth II's state funeral at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022 in London, England.

Members of the Royal Family (left to right, front) The Duke of York, Earl of Wessex, Countess of Wessex, Prince of Wales, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Princess of Wales, Duke of Sussex, the Duchess of Sussex, Peter Phillips, the Earl of Snowdon, the Duke of Gloucester and the Duke of Kent attend Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022 in London, England.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were already in Europe for a series of charity events without their children – son Archie Harrison and daughter Lilibet “Lili” Diana – when the late monarch died “peacefully” at her beloved Scottish residence, Balmoral Castle, aged 96 on Sept 8.

The couple remained in the UK to attend Monday’s funeral, as well as a number of events ahead of the service.

The Queen will be surrounded by family once she is buried in St George’s Chapel, construction begun in 1475 by King Edward IV and 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 buried in the King George VI Memorial Chapel.

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