Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan: Royals unloaded from Queen’s anniversary

When the Queen celebrates her accession to the throne in early June, the whole family should get together. But not all senior royals will participate in a long-standing tradition.

Actually, the signs were pointing to reconciliation. Queen grandson Prince Harry and his wife Duchess Meghan recently announced that they would be attending Queen Elizabeth II’s 70th Jubilee celebrations with their two children. And they will. So much for the good part of the news. But now comes the surprise.

Harry, Meghan, Archie and Lilibet will not be seen with the Queen on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to kick off the anniversary weekend on June 2nd. A bitter setback in the process of rapprochement, after all, this moment is considered to be prestigious and symbolic. Prince Charles, Princess Anne and Prince Edward as well as Harry’s big brother Prince William with his family, however, will be allowed to pose for photos next to the Queen on the balcony.

Prince Andrew also excluded from tradition

Also not there: the second oldest son of Queen Prince Andrew. This is reported by the broadcasters BBC and Sky News, citing palace sources. The Queen will only be accompanied by members of the Royal Family “who are currently performing official public duties on behalf of the Queen,” according to the reports.