No one put Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in the corner. Except Queen Elizabeth.
When the Duke and Duchess of Sussex Landing in the UK next week to celebrate For Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee birthday celebrations, they will remain in the shadows throughout the four-day event. Sources told The Washington Post that courtiers were a little concerned that the scandal-ridden couple would steal the 96-year-old monarch’s limelight.
However, this is easier said than done, as the Sussexes have a gift for making headlines and are sure to bring their rare children, Archie and Lilibet, 3 (who will turn 1 on June 4) ) to make news. them.
Despite her limited mobility, the Queen is determined to attend as many events as possible, and will be seeing her great-granddaughter and namesake for the first time.
sussex, who Retiring from royal life in 2020is not expected to appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on Thursday, during the military parade, Celebration kicks off. The lineup is only for working royals (and their children), including Harry’s father Prince Charles and older brother Prince William.
“The first time you’ll actually see Meghan and Harry in public during the festivities will be Friday’s Thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral, and they’ll just be part of the crowd sitting on the pews,” he said. A highly-royal source told The Washington Post.
Famed royal historian and author Hugo Vickers, who wrote a biography for The Washington Post, told The Washington Post: “If you think about it, this will be the last A really big moment to publicly celebrate the Queen and thank her. It’s a phenomenal golden age she’s presiding over and things are going to change dramatically at some point, so I think it’s really important these days. Everyone has to get out celebrate her.
“I want it all to focus on her – frankly, the less distractions the better.”
While it may seem like Harry and Meghan are being treated lightly, this is entirely a royal affair.
“As a mother and grandmother, the Queen has a view of her family – it’s a little different than what she’s been told to do as Queen,” Vickers said.
Sussex will be Live in their UK home, Frogmore Cottage, just half a mile from Windsor Castle, where the Queen lives. Harry’s cousin Princess Beatrice now lives in the five-bedroom Frogmore with her husband Jack Brooksbank and their young son August.
Another royal insider said being close to the castle would also allow the Sussexes to meet the Queen in private, adding: “They won’t be introducing Lily to the Queen in public, that’s for sure.”
A source close to the Sussexes scoffed: “Trust me, it would be nice to have no public during the jubilee.” But the royal insider said the couple’s presence would “remind the world that they are part of the jubilee.” part of the show”.
Harry, 37, and Markle, 40, last saw the Queen in April, sneak in In the UK before flying to the Netherlands for the Invictus Games. This is Markle’s first return to the UK since resigning as royal and leaving the country in March 2020. The couple also briefly spent time with Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, although they did not meet William and his wife Kate Middleton.
Relations between Harry and William remain frosty since they both attended last July Statue of their late mother Princess Diana unveiledin the garden of their childhood home at Kensington Palace.
When asked if William, who will celebrate his 40th birthday on June 21, will meet Kate, 40, and their children, Prince George, 8, Princess Charlotte, 7, and Prince Louis, 4 Their cousin, the royal insider, said: “It’s a good question, but I wouldn’t assume anything!”
As revealed on page six, Sussex has Docuseries for NetflixHowever, they will not be allowed to bring any cameras into any royal residence.
The royal insider revealed that, as part of the “Sandringham Agreement”, the couple signed an agreement with the Queen when they stepped down from the royal family, which did not allow them to be filmed in any palace.
“I highly doubt they would consider that,” the insider said. “It’s going to look bad. Even if they could sneak a camera, they wouldn’t be able to use any lenses. I guess they could do home video-style on their phone, but honestly, I don’t think they would.”
Court aides have been working tirelessly behind the scenes for the Jubilee. It all started with the “Parade”, a ceremony held by the uniformed regiments of the British Army to mark the monarch’s official birthday.
However, the queen, who has suffered from “occasional mobility problems” since the fall, will not receive the royal salute for the first time in 70 years, according to staff. Traditionally, following a cavalry guard parade, the monarch is given a royal salute by her private army, the Ministry of the Interior, before examining the army.
But this year, Prince Charles, Prince William and Princess Anne will receive the salute in her place and take part in the parade as colonels of the Welsh Guard, Irish Guard and the Blues and Royals.
Meanwhile, the Queen continues to delegate more tasks to senior members of the royal family.
The monarch was seen up close at the Chelsea Flower Show on Monday when she surprised the crowd by showing up in a state-of-the-art golf cart. He told The Washington Post that she appeared to be “in good shape… She was very engaged and very interested in what was being shown.”
As for fineness, though, Little said: “In the past, the Queen had to get out of her carriage several times during a cavalry guard parade. She can’t do it now. If the Queen does succeed and she will ride a Land Rover, will she be as usual How long it stays the same, that remains to be seen.”
Little said Harry and Markle were likely to watch the ceremony with some other family members in the Major General’s office. Until that morning, it was unclear whether they arrived by car or carriage.
The event will be followed by the famous Flyover of the Red Arrows, when members of the royal family gather on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
Earlier this month, a Buckingham Palace spokesman said: “After careful consideration, the Queen has decided that the traditional military parade on Thursday 2 June this year will be limited to Her Majesty the Queen and members of the Royal Family who are currently attending, on official business on behalf of the Queen.”
Among those likely to be on the balcony are Prince Charles and Camilla, Kate and William and their children, as well as Prince Edward and his family and Princess Anne and her husband Sir Timothy Lawrence.
Vickers said it was “sensible” to reduce the appearance of balconies. It’s not that you can’t identify half of them — that always makes the public think taxpayers are supporting these people, which of course isn’t the case. “
Vickers said the big moment would be when the queen came to the balcony to take pictures.
“If she could, I’m sure she would, and I think she would… It’s not hard to get out of the balcony, I think it’s a big picture,” he added. “I think she’s going to be in a lot of things, of course she wants to be.”
The Queen is said to have wanted to light a lighthouse in front of Buckingham Palace on Thursday night, and found lighthouse beauty pageant master Bruno Peek amusing, according to Vickers.
On Friday, a ceremony will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral to thank the Queen for her rule.
According to the Telegraph, palace aides are working on plans to ensure the monarch can attend with dignity as she will not be able to walk up the many steps of the cathedral’s main entrance. Staff are also figuring out how best to get her to the service in comfort and, if necessary, through a side door without being photographed.
All of the Queen’s children, grandchildren and cousins will be taking part in the biggest royal outing of the weekend, although the youngest family members won’t be attending church services. It was also said to be the only appearance of Prince Andrew, who was banned from public office and lost the His HRH and military titles.
The Epsom Derby competition was held on Saturday, which was also baby Lilibet’s birthday. According to Little, as a well-known horse racing fan — even though she doesn’t have a runner — the Queen might want to take part. That could keep her out of the party at the Palace later that night, when performers will include Duran Duran, Diana Ross and the Queen, while “Hamilton” creators Lin-Manuel Miranda and Andrew Law Ed Webb will be in attendance.
The Platinum Jubilee Parade of nearly 10,000 people in the shopping centre between Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square will end the festivities on Sunday 5 June. Will also be a community picnic lunch across the UK.
The parade will feature a giant dragon puppet the size of a double-decker bus, along with corgis, acrobats, unicorns, dancers and a circus.
The grand finale will showcase 150 “national treasures,” including Ed Sheeran singing the national anthem. There has been speculation that the royal family could be on the balcony again on this day.
“In the Diamond Jubilee [in 2012], 1 million people in the mall, I doubt we’ll see that again. London is starting to look very exciting and all the flags are out,” Vickers said. “At the end of the pageant I’d love to see a picture with the Queen, Charles, William and George so you can The future of the monarchy can be seen.