Nobody is putting Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in a corner. Except for Queen Elizabeth.
When the Duke and Duchess of Sussex Land in the UK next week to celebrate Celebrations of Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee, will remain in the shadows over four days of events. Sources told The Post that courtiers are somewhat afraid the scandal-plagued couple will steal the 96-year-old’s voice.
However, this would be easier said than done as the Sussexes have a knack for making headlines and are sure to make news by bringing their rarely seen kids Archie, 3, and Lillibet – who will turn 1 on June 4 – with them.
It will be the first time that the Queen, who is determined to participate in as many events as possible despite ongoing mobility issues, will meet her great-granddaughter of the same name.
Sussex, from Leaving royal life in 2020is not expected to appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace Thursday, during the Trooping the Color ceremony, which… Celebrations begin. This collection is intended to work only for members of the royal family (and their children), including Harry’s father, Prince Charles, and older brother Prince William.
“The first time you’ll really see Meghan and Harry in public during the festivities will be at the Thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday, where they will be just part of the crowd seated at the bench,” a royal source told The Post.
Renowned historian and author Hugo Vickers, who has written a biography of the Queen Mother, told The Post: “If you think about it, it would be another really huge time to publicly celebrate and thank the Queen. It was such an extraordinary golden age that I presided over, and things will change dramatically at some point. Certain, so I think these few days are going to be really important. Everyone should go out and celebrate it.
“I would hope that everything will focus on her – the fewer distractions, the better, frankly.”
And while it may seem like Harry and Meghan are being offended, this is totally a royal business.
“As a mother and grandmother, the Queen takes one look at her family – a little detached from what she was told to do as the Queen,” Vickers said.
It will be Sussex Staying in their UK home, Frogmore Cottage, which is only half a mile from Windsor Castle where the Queen resides. Harry’s cousin, Princess Beatrice, now lives in the five-bedroom Frogmore with her husband, Jack Brooksbank, and their infant son, Augustus.
Another royal insider said the close proximity to the castle would also allow the Sussex family to see the Queen in private, adding: “They will not introduce Lily to the Queen in public, that’s for sure.”
“Believe me, they’ll be fine without public moments during the Jubilee,” sniffed a source who knows the Sussex family. But the royal insider said the couple’s appearance would “remind the world that they are part of the show”.
Harry, 37, and Markle, 40, last saw the Queen in April, secretly make a pit stop in the UK before traveling to the Netherlands for the Invictus Games. It was the first time Markle had returned to the UK since March 2020, when they resigned from their royal duties and left the country. The couple also spent some time briefly with Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, although they had not seen William and his wife Kate Middleton.
Things are still frosty between Harry and William, who haven’t met since last July, when they both showed up The unveiling of a statue of their late mother, Princess Dianain the gardens of their childhood home at Kensington Palace.
Asked if William – who will celebrate his 40th birthday on June 21 – Kate, 40, and their children, Prince George, 8, Princess Charlotte, 7, and Prince Louis, 4, will meet their cousins, the insider said: It’s a good question, but I wouldn’t assume anything!”
As Page Six revealed, it was Sussex Filming a docu series for NetflixHowever, they will not be allowed to bring any cameras into any royal residences.
The royal insider has revealed that one of the terms of the Sandringham Accord, the agreement the couple made with the Queen upon their withdrawal from the royal family, is that they are not allowed to film in any palaces.
“I highly doubt they would even consider that,” the insider said. “It would be such a bad look. Even if they could sneak into the camera, they wouldn’t be able to use any of the footage. I think they could do home video style on their phones, but I honestly don’t think they would.”
Palace aides are working tirelessly behind the scenes for Jubilee. It all begins with Trooping the Color, a celebration performed by regiments in uniform of the British Army to celebrate the King’s official birthday.
However, the Queen, who has had “occasional mobility issues” since the fall, according to staff, will not take the royal salute for the first time in 70 years. Traditionally, after the Horse Guards’ march, the Queen is greeted with a royal salute by her personal troop, the family oath, before a troop inspection.
But this year, Prince Charles, Prince William and Princess Anne will take the salute in their stead and take part in the parade as Colonels of the Welsh Guards, Irish Guards, Blues and the Royal Family.
This comes as the Queen continues to delegate more tasks to senior members of the royal family.
Majesty’s editor-in-chief Jo Little saw the Queen up close at the Chelsea Flower Show on Monday, when she surprised fans with a state-of-the-art golf cart. He told The Post that she looked “in great shape…she was very engaged and very interested in what was being shown.”
However, regarding Trooping the Color, Little said: “In the old days, the Queen would have had to get off the carriage several times in the Horse Guards parade. She wouldn’t be able to do that now. If the Queen made it, she’d be in a Land Rover. And whether it will stay as long as normal remains to be seen.”
Little said Harry and Markle might watch the party with some other family members from the brigade’s office. It would not be clear whether they arrived in a car or wagon until that morning.
The event will be followed by the famous Red Arrow, which is when members of the working royal family gather on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
Earlier this month, a Buckingham Palace spokesperson said: “After careful consideration, the Queen has decided that this year’s traditional Trooping the Color balcony appearance on Thursday, 2 June, will be restricted to Her Majesty and members of the Royal Family currently in charge. Official Public Duties On behalf of the Queen.
Prince Charles, Camilla, Kate, William and their children, Prince Edward and his family, Princess Anne and her husband, Sir Timothy Lawrence, are likely to appear on the balcony.
Reducing the appearance of the porch, Vickers said, “makes sense. It wouldn’t be that mass of people where you couldn’t tell half of them—which is what makes the general public always think that taxpayers support those people, which they of course aren’t.”
The most important moment, Vickers said, will be when the Queen comes to the balcony for a photo.
He added, “I’m sure she would if she could and I think she would do with her looks…Going out onto the balcony isn’t that hard and I think it’s a big picture.” “I think she’s going to be involved in a few things, she definitely wants to.”
The Queen is said to want to light a beacon in front of Buckingham Palace on Thursday night, and Bruno Beck finds the beacon amusing, according to Vickers.
On Friday, a mass will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral to give thanks for the Queen’s reign.
According to The Telegraph, palace aides are working on plans to ensure the Queen attends with dignity, as she will not be able to climb the many steps at the main entrance to the cathedral. The staff also considers how best you can travel to the service in comfort and make your way through a side entrance without being photographed if necessary.
All of the Queen’s children, grandchildren and cousins are scheduled to attend what will be the biggest royal outing of the weekend, although the youngest members of the family will not participate in the church service. It is also said to be the only appearance of Prince Andrew, who has been barred from public office and lost his royal and military titles after he was forced to agree to a multi-million dollar settlement with sexual assault victim Jeffrey Epstein in March.
The Epsom Derby will take place on Saturday, which is also Lillipet’s birthday. Since she’s a fan of horse racing – although there are no contestants in the race – the Queen will likely want to attend, according to Tell. This will likely exclude her from attending the party at the palace later that evening, where performers will include Doran Duran, Diana Ross and Quinn, with “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and Andrew Lloyd Webber making an appearance.
The Platinum Jubilee Festival, a parade of nearly 10,000 people in the mall between Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square, concludes the festivities on Sunday, June 5. They will also be community picnic lunches across the UK.
The procession will feature a giant dragon the size of a double-decker bus, as well as corgis, acrobats, rhinos, dancers, and circus acts.
The grand finale will feature 150 “national treasures,” including Ed Sheeran singing the national anthem. There is speculation that the royal family could reappear on the balcony on this day.
On the Diamond Jubilee [in 2012]There was a million people in the mall and I think we’ll see that again. “London is starting to look very exciting with all the flags flying,” Vickers said. “At the end of the competition, I would like to see a photo with the Queen, Charles, William and George so you can see the future of the monarchy.
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