Meghan Markle and Prince Harry returned to their own wedding venue on Friday to watch Princess Eugenie tie the knot in a star-studded ceremony.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were joined by more than 40 other royals for the Queen’s granddaughter’s spectacular wedding to Jack Brooksbank.
But while they attended the lavish ceremony at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, they were forced to miss a big part of Eugenie and Jack’s celebrations.
The couple, who married at the same 15th Century chapel just five months ago, reportedly did not attend the ‘wild’ wedding after-party on Friday night.
The tequila-fuelled bash took place at the Duke of York’s residence, the Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park, with guests partying until the early hours of the morning.
But Meghan, 37, and Harry, 34, couldn’t be there – because they are flying to Australia today for their first royal tour together, the Mail on Sunday reports.
Their absence was said to be to Harry’s ‘deep regret’. The prince and his wife are believed to have become quite close with Eugenie and drinks executive Jack.
The overseas tour will kick off in Sydney on Tuesday.
Meghan and Harry will visit Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand over a 16-day period – with a jam-packed itinerary including more than 70 engagements.
Earlier, it emerged they will be joined on the tour by Meghan’s best pal , Jessica Mulroney, who helped her to plan her big day in Windsor, Berkshire, in May.
Celeb stylist Jessica, whose young children were part of Meghan and Harry’s bridal party, will travel from Canada to Sydney, The Sunday Times reports.
Her TV presenter husband Ben will also make the journey.
The couple, who live in Toronto, will reportedly join Meghan and Harry in an ‘unofficial’ capacity during their tour – and will pay their own expenses.
During the tour, it is likely Meghan will change her outfit up to three times a day, so Jessica’s talent and expertise in the fashion world could come in handy.
The overseas trip, which ends on Halloween , comes 25 years after the Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales, travelled Down Under for their first tour.
The couple were accompanied by the then-baby Prince William for the visit, which saw the trio visit Alice Springs, Uluru/Ayers’ Rock, and Sydney.
As part of the 23,601 mile and 41-day trip, Prince Charles took in the surf at one of the world’s most famous beaches, Bondi.
Harry will follow in his mother and father’s footsteps when he touches down in Australia with his new bride this week.
The couple’s sojourn in the southern hemisphere will be more brief, but will see them retrace parts of the path once trod by Charles and Diana.
The pair will visit Bondi Beach, where they will meet a local surfing community group which raises awareness for mental health and wellbeing.
And in New Zealand, they will tour the capital Wellington and visit Auckland and then Rotorua, which is famed for its Maori culture.
They will then head to Abel Tasman National Park in the South Island.
Similarly, Charles and Diana took in the traditional Maori culture 25 years ago in Auckland and the Bay of Islands, where the couple were rowed into the area in a traditional canoe.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – Harry’s brother and sister-in-law – came to Australia and New Zealand with a young Prince George in 2014 for an 18-day visit.
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William and his wife, who were invited by the governments of the two countries, took part in a commemoration of Anzac Day, as well as heading to Sydney’s Taronga Zoo.
Harry and Meghan are also scheduled to visit here.
While at the zoo, William, Kate and George saw a bilby enclosure which contained a marsupial named after the youngest royal on the tour.
During this month’s tour, Meghan and Harry will take part in a massive 76 engagements.
The trip coincides with the Invictus Games in Sydney, which run from October 20-28.
The sporting event – founded by Harry in 2014 – gives sick and injured service personnel and veterans the opportunity to compete in sports.
After landing in Sydney, the Duke and Duchess will travel to Dubbo and Melbourne, before spending three days in Sydney from October 19-21 to mark the launch of the Games. They will return for the closing ceremony.
However, sport is not the sole focus of the trip.
While in Australia, Harry and Meghan will also visit organisations including schools and a rural Flying Doctor service, greet members of the public at the Sydney Opera House, and meet young leaders and community members at Government House.
After Australia, they will fly to Fiji, where they will be greeted with an arrival ceremony similar to one attended by the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in 1953.
In Fiji, Harry will pay tribute to Fijian war veterans and the couple will attend a state dinner, before flying to Tonga.
The tour will conclude with a four-day trip to New Zealand, where they will be greeted by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
The Duke and Duchess will learn about environmental challenges while in Wellington, visit a charity which supports children with parents in prison, and meet members of the public in Auckland and Rotura.
They will return to London from Auckland on November 1.
In an earlier statement, Kensington Palace said: "There is a long history of friendship between the Royal Family and Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand, and their links with the UK are extensive.
"The Duke and Duchess are very much looking forward to experiencing the unique cultures and customs of those four Commonwealth countries and have asked that this tour allow them opportunities to meet as many Australians, Fijians, Tongans, and New Zealanders as possible."
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