Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry might be in the UK for the Queen's Jubilee in June 2022; however, they won't participate in the balcony ceremony. Harry's father and brother were allegedly involved in that decision.
In May 2022, People magazine reported that it was confirmed that Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan would be traveling to the UK in June. The couple would be returning to the prince's homeland for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
During the celebrations, there's the Trooping the Colour section where the Royal Family joins together on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. A People source claimed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would be excluded from this event.
Harry and his wife were going to be excluded because they weren't working members of the Royal Family. Another non-working royal member who won't be included is the prince's uncle, Prince Andrew.
Trooping the Colour is an event that marks the monarch's official birthday yearly. In a May 3, 2022 statement, a Buckingham Palace spokesman revealed that the Queen had decided to limit attendance to working royal members.
The couple confirmed they would be attending the festivities, and this will be the first time the Queen gets to meet her granddaughter face-to-face. It will also be the first time she sees her grandson since the Sussexes left the UK in 2020.
CHARLES AND WILLIAM'S DECISION
Prince Charles and Prince William in an open carriage to attend the Royal Ascot on June 18, 2019, in Ascot, England. | Source: Anwar Hussein/WireImage/Getty Images
On May 30, 2022, a Star magazine source claimed the Queen wasn't the one who didn't want the Sussexes to appear alongside her on the balcony. According to the insider, Prince Charles and Prince William were behind the decision, with the informant saying:
"They feel that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have caused nothing but chaos since moving to America with their endless tell-alls and interviews throwing shade at the royal family.”
The publication's source also said, "They think it would be hypocritical of Harry and Meghan acting all smiles and waving to the crowds from the balcony like they're one big happy family." Charles is Harry's father, while William is his older brother.
Harry probably made things worse with the remark he made in April 2022 during an ABC interview. At the time, the prince had returned from visiting the Queen when he said even though he was in another country, he wanted to ensure she was "protected."
He also shared his wish to ensure that "the right people" are around the monarch in her frail age of 96. According to the insider, Charles and William took Harry's comment personally and had their guard up about his upcoming visit.
The Sussexes were also allegedly working on a documentary about the Royal Family. So Harry's family was reportedly wary that he and his wife would bring along a film crew for the celebrations.
Author Tom Bower said the Duke of Cambridge worried that his brother and Meghan would try pulling "a stunt to try to get the limelight." The writer claimed William and his wife, Duchess Kate, "would be foolish" not to be cautious and suspicious of the Sussexes.
Since stepping back from their senior royal roles, Meghan and her husband have openly criticized the Royal Family, leaving them with "mixed feelings" about them. One such instance was the 2021 CBS tell-all interview led by Oprah Winfrey.
In the interview, the couple shared how one royal member made a racist comment about little Archie's possible skin color before he was born. The Sussexes also allegedly had their royal security removed and claimed they didn't feel safe in the UK.
Despite the reported feud, Harry still wanted to visit and bring his children along to allow the royals to reconnect as a family. On the other hand, Meghan seemingly hadn't forgiven the family for what they put her through and might pull out of the visit at any time.
Star's insider also shared how "sad" the balcony drama was because the Queen was "open to having Harry and Meghan up there beside her." However, William and his father allegedly made all the decisions and wanted a smooth event.
The couple [Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan] will be more focused on "keeping a low profile."
According to a Marie Claire report, the Sussexes didn't think the balcony ceremony mattered because Harry was more focused on the family having a great reunion. The balcony ceremony usually sees the royals watching the Royal Air Force (RAF) flypast and greeting bystanders.
MEGHAN AND HARRY'S CONTRADICTORY POINTS OF VIEW
Queen Elizabeth II, Duchess Meghan, and Prince Harry at the centenary of the Royal Air Force on July 10, 2018, in London, England. | Source: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images
In the middle of May 2022, a Daily Mail source, who claimed to be Meghan and Harry's friend, revealed that the couple hadn't been interested in the balcony ceremony in the first place! Omid Scobie, a journalist, and author, revealed what the couple was keen on.
Scobie, the co-writer of the biography about the couple, said the Sussexes were more interested in being involved in the arrangements of upcoming events. One of these events included St Paul's Cathedral's forthcoming National Service of Thanksgiving celebrations.
WHAT THE SUSSEXES WILL DO AT THE PLATINUM JUBILEE
Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan with their son Archie at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation in Cape Town, South Africa, on September 25, 2019. | Source: REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool/PA Images/Getty Images
According to Christine Ross, the "Royally Us" co-host, people shouldn't expect to see much of Meghan and her husband at the Jubilee. The couple will be more focused on "keeping a low profile."
However, Harry and his wife will be attending more "private celebrations" to pay tribute to the monarch. After the news about the balcony exclusion came out, the Sussexes announced that they were "excited and honored" to attend.
Harry and his wife both had unique relationships with the Queen, and they allegedly couldn't wait to spend some quality time with her. The parents were "most excited" about seeing how the monarch bonds with their children.
This will be the first time Lilibet gets to travel to her father's homeland and the first meeting with her cousins. William and his wife have three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.