Craig David recalls ‘a lot of tension’ during Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s final outing before quitting royal life

The couple stepped back from royal life

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the Salute to Freedom gala
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Pop sensation Craig David has revealed there was a “lot of tension” during the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s final royal engagement before they stepped down as senior royals.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (L) and Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (2nd R) follow Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (C) and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (R) as they depart Westminster Abbey after attending the annual Commonwealth Service in London

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It’s hard to forget just how tense things looked at the Commonwealth Day service back in 2020—Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s final royal outing before they officially stepped down as senior royals.

The news of their departure had come as a shock not only to the country but to the family too, so it’s not surprising that things looked fraught between Prince Harry and his brother, Prince William—with even a body language expert calling the reunion "frosty".

And someone who was there to witness it all unfold was Craig David, who performed at their final royal engagement. And even he couldn’t deny the atmosphere.

Speaking on The Jonathan Ross Show, he said, “I performed at Westminster Cathedral. [There was] a lot of tension going on at that period of time."

Recalling the performance, Craig, 40, revealed, “Harry and Meghan were there. I went to sing for the Commonwealth celebrations."

The singer—whose career has spanned over twenty years—went on to explain how he sees music as a form of therapy. And he felt he witnessed a “moment” between the family.

 "I always talk about how music is healing and a form of therapy. I could feel it cut through. There was a part where Harry looked up, Meghan looked up, I felt it really landed in their hearts.”

Prince William and Prince Harry arrive for the unveiling of a statue of Princess Diana

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That day was the beginning of months of turbulence amongst the royal family as tension between the royal siblings only escalated after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, with subsequent attempts to reconcile proving 'unproductive.' 

The CBS special unearthed a number of deep-rooted issues within the Royal Family, including allegations of racism

A royal expert went on to reveal that the Duke of Cambridge feels like he has "lost his brother and his best friend' in the wake of their highly-publicized fallout

"There's no doubt this is one of the hardest things that William has gone through, the hardest since his mother died," Duncan Larcombe told OK! magazine. 

Thankfully, tensions seem to have thawed slightly and it looks like the family are set to reconcile as the Queen nears the end of her reign.

Georgia Farquharson

Georgia writes across Woman & Home and Good to Know and specialises in all things royal. Previously labelled the "Queen of the royals," Georgia knows the whose who and what's what when it comes to the monarchy. When she's not eagerly following the royal family, Georgia enjoys shopping and self-care. She lives with this motto in mind; "if your dreams don't scare you, they aren't big enough."