When the Sussexes moved to the US and renounced their roles as members of the royal family, many thought they were burning bridges. However, Harry and Meghan Markle seem to be trying to rebond with some royal members, including the Queen, who is set to meet their daughter, Lillibet, on her first birthday weekend.
Many eyes will be on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as they join others to celebrate Queen Elizabeth's 70th year as reigning monarch. The controversial couple will attend with their children, Archie and Lillibet.
A spokesperson for the couple told NBC News that they are "excited and honored" to attend the celebration of the Queen's Jubilee even if they were excluded from joining other royals for the Platinum Jubilee balcony appearance.
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex watch the sitting volley ball competition on day 2 of the Invictus Games 2020 at Zuiderpark on April 17, 2022 in The Hague, Netherlands. | Source: Getty Images
The balcony appearance usually has extended members of the royal family gathering there to watch a flypast during Trooping the Colour. Still, Queen Elizabeth announced in April that only working royals and a few of their kids would have the privilege of appearing on the balcony this year.
A spokesman for the Buckingham Palace said, "After careful consideration, the Queen has decided that this year's traditional Trooping the Colour balcony appearance on Thursday, June 2, will be limited to Her Majesty and those members of the Royal Family who are currently undertaking official public duties on behalf of the Queen."
Queen Elizabeth II, Duchess Meghan, and Prince Harry watch a flypast to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force from the balcony of Buckingham Palace on July 10, 2018, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images
The celebrations began on June 2 and are scheduled to continue throughout the weekend. Harry and Meghan were pictured at the Trooping the Colour parade, and they were dressed perfectly for the occasion.
Meghan, 40, looked gorgeous in an off-the-shoulder navy dress complemented with a large sun hat. She and her sharply dressed husband watched the parade from the Major General's Office at Buckingham Palace.
Queen Elizabeth II smiles on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour alongside Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Prince Louis of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge, and Prince William during Trooping The Colour on June 02, 2022 in London, England | Source: Getty Images
For Meghan, this is the third Trooping the Colour she will be attending. Her first was in 2018, some weeks after she got married to Prince Harry, and her second was in 2019. Not long after, they welcomed Archie.
The "Suits" actress and her husband maintained a low profile, but they did get chatty with other royal family members, including the Queen's cousin, Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent.
THE TRIP MARKS THE FIRST TIME ONE OF THEIR KIDS WILL VISIT HER DAD'S HOMELAND
While the Jubilee is a joyful event where everyone gets to celebrate the Queen, there is another reason for more celebration — Lilibet's first birthday.
Meghan and Kate have given them the lead, drawing back from on-screen contact to allow the pair to fix the rift between them
The trip to the UK will also allegedly mark the first time Lillibet will set foot in her father's homeland. The girl was born in California, so this will also be the first time she will meet her great-grandmother.
People believe that the meeting will be quite poignant because it turns out that Lilibet was named after her royal highness, whose childhood nickname used to be Lilibet because she struggled to pronounce her name.
The Sussexes and their kids have a better chance of meeting the Queen now that it has been revealed that she will be absent from the Epsom Derby on Saturday.
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, US actress Meghan Markle and her fiancee Britain's Prince Harry attend a Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey in central London, on March 12, 2018 | Source: Getty Images
It means she will be absent the whole day from the parade and royal fans expect that little Lilibet will get to meet her namesake on her birthday weekend.
A LOOK BACK AT WHEN THE REIGNING MONARCH MET ARCHIE FOR THE FIRST TIME
Unlike his sister, Archie got to meet the Queen for the first time just days after he was born. A photo captured the historical moment, and those who were present included The Queen, Prince Philip, the Sussexes, and Meghan's mom, Doris Ragland.
It was the first time in royal history that Queen Elizabeth was pictured with a royal baby's Black granny. Archie has also been lucky enough to relate with the Queen a few times, during which he got the monarch royally smitten with him. The two reportedly share a playful bond, and Queen Elizabeth is said to have sent him thoughtful gifts in California.
Thanks to Zoom, Harry and Meghan have been able to keep in touch with the Queen and other royal family members, but before their arrival for the Jubilee, they have been things strictly virtual.
WHERE THEY ARE HOLED UP
Princess Eugenie of York, Princess Beatrice of York, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attend Royal Ascot Day 1 at Ascot Racecourse on June 19, 2018 in Ascot, United Kingdom | Source: Getty Images
Harry and his family are residing at Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor estate, which is located half a mile away from Windsor Castle.
Harry recently renewed his lease on the place, but until very recently, it had been occupied by Princess Eugenie, who left for the Jubilee.
THERE WILL BE A ROYAL MEND
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Louis attend The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England | Source: Getty Images
Before he arrived in the UK, Prince Harry and Prince William had been attempting to fix their strained relationship. According to some outlets, they both have been sharing weekly virtual messages and face–to–face chats, and are now said to have stopped baring their teeth at each other.
Prince William first extended the olive branch that moved their relationship forward. They kept texting back and forth on WhatsApp and reportedly had regular facetime sessions with their respective kids.
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Queen Elizabeth II attend a ceremony to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in Widnes , England | Source: Getty Images
Their 40–year–old wives, Meghan and Kate, have given them the lead, drawing back from on-screen contact to allow the pair to fix the rift between them one on one.
A source close to the royal family revealed that Prince William was disappointed about the Sussex's sudden exit from the Royal family but has since moved on. A source said:
"The brothers needed time for everything to settle down. The family, including William, had been disappointed in the way Harry and Meghan chose to leave the royal family."
Prince William and Prince Harry during the commemorations for the 100th anniversary of the battle of Vimy Ridge on April 9, 2017 in Lille, France. | Source: Getty Images
Thanks to the on-screen contact and many interactions with each other's kids, the brothers have been able to bury the hatchet, and Harry was only too glad to be visiting for the Queen's Royal Jubilee.
It is clear that the two brothers have been able to forget the past, and Prince William even wanted to embrace Harry at some point, something that would not have come up in the early days of Megxit.
Queen Elizabeth II, Duchess Meghan, Prince Harry, Prince William, and Duchess Kate watch the RAF 100th anniversary flypast from the balcony of Buckingham Palace on July 10, 2018, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images
The source says that William has also finally accepted that Meghan is a good mother and wife, making him very happy for Harry, who has never had those doubts.
Now that the pair are on good terms, the Queen, who has stated that she wants no family tension at her Jubilee, can breathe a great sigh of relief as she prepares to meet her second great-granddaughter from Harry.