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King Charles has made a thinly-veiled swipe at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during his first Commonwealth Day message as monarch. The 74-year-old broke with tradition to deliver his speech from the Great Pulpit in Westminster Abbey in person.

Charles used his speech to urge the family of nations to “strive together” to achieve a “global common good”.

He told the congregation: “Whether on climate change and biodiversity loss, youth opportunity and education, global health or economic co-operation, the Commonwealth can play an indispensable role in the most pressing issues of our time.

“Ours is an association not just of shared values, but of common purpose and joint action.

“In this we are blessed with the ingenuity and imagination of a third of the world’s population, including one and a half billion people under the age of 30.

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“Our shared humanity contains an immensely precious diversity of thought, culture, tradition and experience.

“By listening to each other, we will find so many of the solutions that we seek.”

Charles also paid tribute to his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II, after she “dedicated her long and remarkable life” in service to the Commonwealth family.

A number of leading members of the Royal Family also attended the ceremony at Westminster Abbey.

The Queen Consort, Prince and Princess of Wales and the new Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh watched on.

Princess Anne and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence were also spotted at the service.

Westminster Abbey will also host King Charles’ Coronation in less than two months time.

But the annual Commonwealth service was also seen as a significant moment for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s final official public engagement as senior working royals came at the 2020 service. 

The couple have not yet confirmed if they will attend the King’s Coronation but have received email correspondence about the event from Charles’ office.

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