Prince Harry and Meghan each handed out awards; mum-to-be Meghan presented the "Celebrating Excellence" award, while Harry presented the Henry Worsley Award with the late adventurer's daughter Alicia. The newlyweds will move out of Kensington Palace this year into a property gifted by the Queen in preparation for the arrival of their baby.
An L.A. pal who recently spent a couple of days at the cottage, described what the visit was like, and it's pretty much what we expected.
"We've all been to their cottage..."
But in a reply that left the Duchess "absolutely devastated", her friends say Thomas answered by suggesting "the two of them should pose for a picture or stage a picture to show the world they'd made up". "Meg cooks for herself and Harry every single day", one of her friends said.
In the run-up to her wedding last May, Meghan's father caused outrage when it emerged he had colluded with a paparazzi photographer to stage a series of lucrative photo opportunities.
"She told him she loved him, she was heartbroken and wanted to put everything behind them". She cooked, made tea, and cleaned her dogs when they came in from the rain. "How much she loves her animals, how much she loves her friends, how much she loves feeding you, taking care of you - none of that has changed", she said.
"They have been made to appear as siblings who had this falling out, and that's not the truth at all", a longtime friend said of Samantha and Thomas Jr.
The former co-star added, "When you see her at walkabouts, when she crouches down to talk to the kids and genuinely has real conversations with people, that's Meg". According to the February 7 article the former Suits star is very low-key and hands-on when it comes to her home life, even if that home is a cottage on the grounds of Kensington Palace in London.
They were in their teens when Meghan was born; Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland, raised her on her own after she split from Thomas Sr.
"But in my experience of having covered the Royals for all these years, it would be unprecedented indeed for five friends to go to, I think the US' most popular and bestselling weekly magazine, and talk about the principle of her Royal Highness without her permission".
The friends also reveal the Duchess has not changed since joining the British royal family.
The maternity outfit resembles something the former actress would have worn on the set of the legal drama, as her character was a big fan of blouses, pencil skirts and heels.
Her father wrote back-along with a request for a photo op with her.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's last public engagement was in Bristol last Friday. "To have such a monumental moment in England, nonetheless of all the places, I felt like we were literally watching history", she told the Daily Mail. That's what her friends are saying. It's going to be something that people never forget.