Prince Harry, Meghan Markle to Attend Trooping The Colour After Snub

Sending love from far. Prince Harry Meghan Markle are set to attend Trooping the Colour during this week’s Platinum Jubilee — they’ll just be slightly farther away.

The prince, 37, and the Suits alum, 40, “look forward to watching from the Major General’s Office,” a spokesperson for the Sussexes revealed to ABC News on Wednesday, June 1.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who will view the Horse Guards Parade from an area that overlooks the parade grounds, “wouldn’t have missed it for the world,” an insider tells Us Weekly. The couple, who will be bringing their son Archie, three, and daughter Lili, eleven months, along for all the festivities, will be joined by each other Queen Elizabeth II’sOther grandchildren who aren’t participating in the carriage procession and balcony appearances

The event will kick off the 96-year-old monarch’s Platinum Jubilee, which celebrates her historic 70 years on the throne. As the queen bears witness, Trooping The Colour will include a traditional march and gun salute. In honor of the monarch, over 1,500 beacons (or torchges) will be lit throughout the U.K.

While the balcony is typically filled with all the extended members of the monarch’s family, it was announced last month that only working royals and their children will be present for this year’s event.

The Royal Family stands on Buckingham Palace’s balcony to celebrate the 100th Anniversary Royal Air Force in London, July 10, 2018.
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“After careful consideration, the Queen has decided that this year’s traditional Trooping the Colour balcony appearance on Thursday 2nd of June 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,” a Buckingham Palace spokesperson said in a statement on Friday, May 6.

In May, a rep for the couple confirmed that the pair would attend the queen’s Jubilee with their little ones in tow.

“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,” a spokesperson for the couple told Us at the time.

While Archie has not returned to the U.K since his parents attended their final event as senior working royals in March 2020, this will mark the queen’s first meeting with granddaughter Lili. For their part, the Duke and Duchess made a stop at England last month as they traveled to the Invictus Games in The Netherlands.

Following the visit, the BetterUp CIO told Today’s Hota Kotb in an April 2022 interview that his grandmother was “in great form,” noting that the two “have a very special relationship.” The Duke also raved over Elizabeth’s sense of humour, saying, “We talk about things she can’t talk about with anyone else.”

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