Calm was continuously going to be challenging to pull off when you are universally popular, individuals from the Royal Family, and haven’t been found in the UK together for a considerable length of time in the wake of leaving in questionable conditions.
However, when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex got out of the vehicle at the Great West Door of St Paul’s Cathedral they were back in the full glare of the illustrious spotlight.
Obviously they looked marginally apprehensive. They clasped hands firmly. Meghan fixed the neckline of her Dior coat.
They talked to each other yet you could detect their wariness.
Gigantic groups had assembled external St Paul’s Cathedral for Friday’s Platinum Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving. The greater part of them devoted allies of the Royal Family.
Could they invite the arrival of Prince Harry and Meghan?
That event was the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey held that March.
Then the mood was far darker. The friction within the Royal Family was played out in front of the cameras for everyone to pick apart, with Prince William and Prince Harry barely exchanging a glance even though they were sat near each other.
The choreography of royal events is always careful and precise and Friday was no exception.
Prince Harry and Meghan were seated on the opposite side of the aisle to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge avoiding any awkward visuals.
They sat alongside Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank on one side. The couples are close. Eugenie and Jack with their young son had visited the Sussexes in California back in February.
On the other side of them was Lady Sarah Chatto – the daughter of Princess Margaret and the Queen’s much-loved niece. A calm and comforting presence. This was a safe seating plan.
When the couple left the cathedral, there was the odd boo from the crowd but it sat amongst plenty of cheering. There was no real hostility.
Amid the pomp, ceremony, party and reflection this weekend, the Platinum Jubilee is also about family with all its flaws and tensions.
The Queen had to watch from home but she had previously made it clear that, whatever the problems and history, her grandson, Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, were very welcome at the Jubilee celebrations.
The first public hurdle of Harry and Meghan’s brief return to royal duty has been successfully navigated.