Harry ‘elbow bumps’ Craig David to avoid shaking hands amid coronavirus fears

Prince Harry and singer Craig David greeted each other with a very informal elbow bump at Westminster Abbey earlier, as fears over the spreading of the coronavirus continue on.

The pair looked extremely pleased to see each other, but intentionally avoided shaking hands.

Instead Harry, 35 first leaned in to offer his elbow and the Fill Me In singer, 38, happily obliged, bouncing his elbow off the Royal's.

Harry and Craig, who looked dapper in a slick black suite shirt and tie, then spent a few minutes chatting animatedly and looked deeply engrossed in conversation, as the royal family met guests at the Commonwealth Service.


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Harry also spoke with former X-Factor winner Alexandra Burke, who was standing right next to Craig, wearing a sharp white tailored suit and her hair in a bob.

Prince Charles was also seen declining handshakes at the commonwealth service amid the growing coronavirus crisis.

The Prince of Wales met a line of guests after his arrival to Westminster Abbey this afternoon – where he used an alternative greeting gesture.


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Instead of a handshake, the heir to the throne, aged 71, smiled and offered guests a namaste gesture – which saw him join his palms together and gently bow his head.

The opening to the service saw very few handshakes exchanged, with confirmed cases in the UK now standing at 321.

In another change from last year's service, the Sussexes were shown to their seats and did not wait at the Abbey's great west door to meet the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall and the Queen before processing with the other royals at the start of the ceremony.


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The move is likely to be interpreted by commentators as their impending exit from The Firm – dubbed Megxit – although the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, unlike last year, also took their place in the 2,000-strong congregation and not the procession through the Abbey.

When Meghan and Harry first arrived they were greeted by the Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle, and met a group of dignitaries including Boris Johnson and the Commonwealth's secretary-general Baroness Scotland.

The ceremony – the Sussexes' final public outing in their UK farewell tour – is a poignant milestone as they prepare to embark on their future away from the royal family.

From March 31, the monarch's grandson and American former actress Meghan will no longer use their HRH styles as they pursue a new life of personal and financial freedom, mostly in North America.

On that date Meghan will bow out of royal life just one year, 10 months and 12 days – or 682 days – after marrying into the family.

At the event earlier, the Sussexes and Cambridges were not sat on the same row.

Meghan was seen to mouth “hi” and give a small wave to William and Kate, followed by a “hello”, as the Cambridges took their seat in the High Altar in the row in front of the Sussexes.

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