Prince Harry and Meghan Markle may no longer be official members of the British monarchy, but they’re both apparently welcome to return to the royal fold anytime, especially to celebrate major family milestones.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will “absolutely” be invited to Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee next summer to honor her seventy years on the British throne, according to multiple sources who spoke with Page Six. A “well-placed insider” added, “Of course they’re invited, it’s a family event!” Not only are Harry and Meghan expected to attend the four-day-long festivities, but the family is looking forward to having the chance to meet the couple’s new baby girl who is expected to be born in the coming weeks. That insider also pointed out that both Harry and Prince William wore their Jubilee medals to Prince Philip’s funeral, while another source seconded the family’s desire to see Archie and the newborn, adding “so much” can change in a year.
Over the past year since her grandson gave up his senior royal position, Queen Elizabeth had made it very clear that Harry and his wife will always have a home at Buckingham Palace. After the couple’s bombshell interview with Oprah earlier this year, the monarch issued a statement that read, “The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan. The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately. Harry, Meghan, and Archie will always be much loved family members.”
And the Platinum Jubilee is sure to be an event the Sussexes won’t want to miss as, after scaling down her annual birthday celebrations both this year and last due to the ongoing pandemic, Queen Elizabeth is preparing to commemorate her seventieth anniversary in lavish style. Over the course of 2022, celebrations will be held throughout the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth, and around the world, all culminating in June’s Platinum Jubilee Weekend which has been made into an extended bank holiday. The festivities will begin on Thursday with the traditional Trooping the Colour parade, followed by the lighting of the Platinum Jubilee beacons. The rest of the weekend will include a Service of Thanksgiving, a derby at Epsom Downs, a special live concert held at Buckingham Palace, and will conclude with a Platinum Jubilee Pageant featuring over 5,000 people from across the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.
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