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Why Meghan and Harry Haven't Been at Royal Ascot

Alyssa Bailey
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Meghan Markle made her Royal Ascot carriage procession debut this Tuesday, attending opening day of the prestigious horserace just one month after her wedding. But that will be her and Prince Harry's only appearance at the event this year, despite the return of other royal family members for the subsequent days of racing. While the royals can and do attend each day of the Royal Ascot-which runs through this Saturday, June 23-the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have chosen to just attend one day.

"Harry and Meghan are not expected to make any more Royal Ascot appearances this week but do expect to see the Queen at the front of the 2 p.m. carriage processions alongside other members of the Royal Family for the remaining days of the racing meeting," royal expert Omid Scobie told ELLE.com. "The Queen is a huge racing fan and is is a keen thoroughbred owner, so the Royal Ascot is one of her favorite events on the summer calendar. She's even been known to place a bet or two!"

The Queen has been out each day, wearing her signature bright outfits during the procession:

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Meghan and Harry will, however, be out with Queen Elizabeth II again this Tuesday. The couple will join her for the Queen's Young Leader Awards, where the Queen will honor exceptional people from ages 18-21 leading in their communities. Harry is a Commonwealth Youth Ambassador, so this is all in line with his work.

William and Kate did not attend the Royal Ascot this year; last year, the couple only attended Opening Day as well.

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