When Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan attended the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, they hardly had enough time with her. However, a new report revealed that the Queen had extended a special invite to the couple, showing how they might be healing the family rift.
In June 2022, Duchess Meghan and her husband, Prince Harry, flew from the US to the UK to attend the four-day celebration of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. The couple brought along their two children, son Archie and daughter Lilibet.
According to reports, during the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, the Sussexes were treated like they weren't crucial by being seated in the second row away from Harry's father, Prince Charles, and brother Prince William.
Jack Brooksbank and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex during the National Service of Thanksgiving in London at the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations on June 3, 2022. | Source: Getty Images
In images taken during the event, Harry looked unhappy with being treated as a "second-row royal," according to Ingrid Seward, a royal expert. During the Jubilee, the Sussexes only made one public appearance.
Daily Mirror's Royal Editor Russell Myers also claimed the couple was received in a "frosty" manner when they arrived in the UK. The pair had chosen to be quiet about their trip to Harry's homeland.
Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry at the National Service of Thanksgiving on June 3, 2022, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images
Harry and his wife were absent from most of the Jubilee festivities, and they were also not in the royal box at the star-studded live concert held in front of Buckingham Palace. The event was attended by Charles and his wife, Duchess Camilla, and William and his wife, Duchess Kate.
The Sun's source claimed the Sussexes "barely had 15 minutes with her [the Queen] at the jubilee." Angela Levin, a biographer, alleged that Harry felt "absolutely furious" for how he was "largely ignored" at the Jubilee and might "want an apology" from his family.
WILLIAM AND KATE'S VISIT TO THE US
Ahead of William and Kate's first-born child, Prince George's birthday, it was revealed that the Cambridges would be traveling to the US. In a social media video post, William shared that that 2022's Earthshot Prize ceremony will be held in Boston, Massachusetts.
The royal and his wife were expected to fly overseas in December 2022 for the event. Despite the Cambridge's being in the US, royal expert Neil Sean believed the couple wouldn't have time to meet with the Sussex family.
On his YouTube channel, Sean put it "very nice and regally" that the meeting wouldn't be possible because William and his wife hadn't scheduled private time for visits. However, he felt it would've been the perfect situation for the four to meet.
On July 21, 2022, the Cambridge couple celebrated their son George's significant milestone. Taking to social media, the couple shared an image of the young royal, who was turning nine the following day, showing off his smile in his latest birthday photo.
THE QUEEN'S INVITE TO THE SUSSEXES
According to royal tradition, the Queen visits her Scottish estate every summer. She usually spends around three months at her Aberdeenshire home, arriving in July and then leaving in September or early October.
While there, the monarch receives many visits from Royal Family members and even the Prime Minister. The Queen visits the Balmoral Castle, owned by the Royal Family since 1852 and set in the countryside, to relax and have a private break.
The estate was built far from any neighbors but wasn't completely isolated, as the village of Crathie is six miles away, and Inverness is less than two hours away. The home was reportedly the Queen's "favorite" of her residences.
During 2021's summer, William, his wife, and their three children (including Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis) spent time with the Queen at the Balmoral residence. Princess Beatrice and her sister, Princess Eugenie, have also visited the estate.
In an ITV documentary, Eugenie once allegedly described the home "as the most beautiful place on earth." She reportedly noted that it was the one place where the Queen was happiest because she loved the Highlands.
Lady Louise and Viscount James have visited the estate with Edward and Sophie. While Prince Andrew hid there for many weeks, US attorneys tried to serve him with papers concerning his federal case.
The home was decorated with photos taken inside the residence. It was revealed that the house also had lots of wooden furniture, and over the years, personal and official images have shown the iconic green couches and carpet.
Joy Stephen with her corgi Marvin on the front lawn at Balmoral during an event with the Corgi Society of Scotland to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee on June 4, 2022. | Source: Getty Images
The Queen's 50,000 acres home has 52 bedrooms, some reception rooms, and a room where the royal welcomes guests for official visits. The estate also has a study and many living rooms decorated royally.
The visit being exclusive was mainly because the Sussexes [Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan] had strained relationships with other royals.
According to Juliet Rieden, a royal expert, the Queen allegedly did her washing at Balmoral, which is located within the Cairngorms National Park. The monarch would have barbecues on the estate grounds, and she reportedly cleaned up afterward.
The Queen at the Balmoral Estate Cricket Pavilion on October 1, 2021, near Crathie, Scotland. | Source: Getty Images
The estate also includes farmland, forestry land, and several animals, including deer, ponies, and Highland cattle. According to The Sun, the Queen allegedly extended an olive branch to Meghan and Harry by inviting them to Balmoral during her summer stay.
The publication said the monarch arrived at the estate on July 21, 2022. She's expected to stay at the seven-bed Craigowan Lodge on her property for ten weeks, according to an insider:
“Staff have been told to expect the full list of royals including Harry, Meghan and their children Archie and Lilibet."
Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan at the United Nations Headquarters on July 18, 2022, in New York City. | Source: Getty Images
The offer the Queen allegedly made would see Harry and his wife staying with her briefly without other senior royals being around. The exclusive visit was mainly because the Sussexes had strained relationships with other royals.
Another source claimed the estate was perfect for Meghan and Harry to spend some "quality time" with the monarch. Balmoral's lodge has a ring of steel set up around it, and a wheelchair-friendly lift was recently installed to assist the Queen with her mobility issues.
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