Even more royal happenings were going on behind the scenes on Wednesday

By Stephanie Petit
January 17, 2019 11:39 AM

It’s a first for the Royal Fab 4!

Wednesday was a busy day for the royal family. After Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle stepped out on solo outings, Meghan and Prince Harry spent the evening at a Cirque du Soleil show at Royal Albert Hall benefitting Harry’s Sentebale charity. But there were even more royal happenings going on behind the scenes.

While Kate toured the costume department of the Royal Opera House and watched the principal dancers from the Royal Ballet give her a special performance (an outing that will certainly pique the interest of dance-lover Princess Charlotte!), Prince William also stepped out for an outing — marking the first time Harry, William, Meghan and Kate all had separate engagements on the same day.

William had a private meeting with Sir David Attenborough at Kensington Palace. The prince is scheduled to interview the 92-year-old English broadcaster and natural historian at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland this month. He also had a second meeting in the afternoon, when he received the Right Honorable David Mundell, the Secretary of State for Scotland.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Cirque du Soleil
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Harry was also staying busy while Meghan was cuddling dogs at Mayhew, an animal charity named among her first four patronages. During the day, he attended a creative workshop on Ministry of Defense Mental Fitness at Kensington Palace.

Meghan Markle at Mayhew
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Kate Middleton at the Royal Opera House
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In November, news broke that Prince William and Prince Harry are considering breaking up their joint “court” at Kensington Palace and creating two separate offices.

With William one day set to be the Prince of Wales — and all that entails as heir to his father, Prince Charles — Harry and Meghan will want to forge their own path, so it’s a natural time to split up, insiders believe. (The palace has no comment.)

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“The arrival of Meghan has changed the dynamic of the relationship in a fairly significant way,” royals author Sally Bedell Smith previously told PEOPLE. “It is inevitable and practical because it gives Harry and Meghan some freedom to build up their own collection of interests and charities.”