Expert after Queen’s balcony ban: Harry and Meghan “shouldn’t focus on Jubilee”


Despite being barred from the Buckingham Palace balcony during Queen’s birthday parades, the Duke and Duchess Sussex are still expected to attend the Jubilee celebrations

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle could be the next royals “focus”A royal expert warns about the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Yesterday, the monarch announced that the Duke and Duchess Sussex were banned from the Buckingham Palace balcony.

Just moments later, Harry and Meghan announced that they would be returning to the UK to celebrate Jubilee. This was after months of speculation.

Some royal experts now warn their presence could overshadow events held in Her Majesty’s honor.

Angela Levin, Royal Author, stated on Twitter: “The atmosphere will be different with Harry etc coming to Jubilee.

“Their behavior will be the main focus, not how they act. This is what the Jubilee should not be about. It is unfair to expect the senior working royals of the country to smile.

According to Mail OnlineRichard Fitzwilliams, a commentator, said: “It’s the Queen’s wish that they attend.

“Although when they planned to do the Oprah interview they didn’t know Prince Philip would be ill, they nonetheless went ahead. That won’t be forgotten.

“But the Queen would like the whole family to present a united front. To achieve this, a great deal has been done behind the scenes.”

The Sussexes have been approached for comment.

The monarch’s decision to only include royals carrying out official public duties on the balcony at the Trooping the Colour was taken “after careful consideration”, Buckingham Palace said.

Levin called the decision “Great”, adding: “If there are working royals who support Her Majesty, it will create a positive atmosphere.”

However despite the seeming snub, Harry and Meghan have confirmed that they will come to the UK to attend the Jubilee celebrations this summer and will also bring their children Archie and Lilibet – who has yet to meet her great-grandmother.

A spokesperson for the couple said: “Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are excited and honoured to attend The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations this June with their children.”

It will be the first time Harry and Meghan have brought their family to the UK since leaving for the US.

On June 2, Trooping the Colour – the sovereign’s official birthday parade – will kick start the four days of Jubilee festivities, with 18 members of the royal family set to gather on the famous frontage, with the Queen “looking forward” the weekend of celebrations.

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A Palace spokesman said: “After careful consideration, the Queen has decided 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.”

Joining the Queen on the balcony for Trooping will be Prince Charles, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, the Princess Royal, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent, Princess Alexandra, and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence.

Also set to appear for the historic occasion will be Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis and the Wessexes’ children Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.

The head of state has made an exception for Anne’s husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim, who is not a working royal, her two youngest grandchildren Lady Louise and James, and her Cambridge great-grandchildren George, Charlotte and Louis.

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