Harry and Meghan will attend Jubilee despite Queen's ban from Palace balcony

6 May 2022, 15:30 | Updated: 6 May 2022, 17:51

Harry and Meghan will attend the Queen's Jubilee.
Harry and Meghan will attend the Queen's Jubilee. Picture: Alamy

By Emma Soteriou

Harry and Meghan will attend the Queen's Platinum Jubilee with Archie and Lilibet in June, despite being banned from appearing on Buckingham Palace's balcony.

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The event will mark the first time Harry and Meghan have brought their family to the UK since leaving for the US.

A spokeswoman 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 comes after it was revealed that they would not be allowed to appear on Buckingham Palace's balcony for the occasion.

Prince Andrew, who was stripped of his military titles over sex abuse allegations, will also not appear on the balcony.

The Queen decided "after careful consideration" to only include royals carrying out official public duties, Buckingham Palace said.

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Harry and Meghan saw the Queen for the first time in two years last month while on their way to the Invictus Games in the Netherlands.

The surprise face-to-face meeting was viewed as an "olive branch" by royal commentators after a turbulent two years following the couple's decision to step down as senior royals in 2020.

The pair were absent from the Duke of Edinburgh's memorial service in London in March.

Harry flew back from California without Meghan, who was heavily pregnant at the time, to attend his grandfather's funeral in Windsor in April 2021.

Previously speaking about his relationship with the Queen on NBC's Today show, Harry said: "We talk about things that she can't talk about with anybody else, so that is always a nice peace to her."

He added that he did not think she would be bored ahead of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June.

"She's had a few Jubilees now, every one is slightly different," Harry said.

When still in doubt over whether he would attend or not, he explained that his goal was to make it possible for his children to meet the Queen.

He said she was "on great form" during their recent meeting but added he wanted to make sure that she was "protected" and had "the right people around her".