Fears Harry and Meghan’s presence could ‘hijack and overshadow’ the Queen’s platinum anniversary

The Queen is said to be looking forward to seeing the Sussexes with their children, but friends of Charles say there are concerns their visit, if it coincides with the anniversary weekend, would divert attention from the Queen’s milestone

The couple sat in the front row at the opening ceremony
Prince Harry, 37, and Meghan Markle, 40, sat in the front row at the Invictus Games opening ceremony

Royals are concerned that any plans by Harry and Meghan to return to the UK with their children for the Platinum Jubilee weekend could overshadow the Queen’s special event, it has been reported.

The pair are currently in the Netherlands for the Invictus Games after conducting a secret visit to Windsor Castle earlier this week.

According to senior sources, the top-secret visit is reportedly seen as an attempt by Harry, 37, and Meghan, 40, to ensure they are “front and center” at the anniversary events in June.

The couple’s daughter Lilibet has never met her family in the UK and their son Archie has not visited the UK since November 2019.

The Queen is said to be looking forward to seeing the Sussexes with their children, but friends of Charles say there are concerns their visit, if it coincides with the anniversary weekend, would divert attention from the Queen’s milestone. The sun reports.

A source said: “Charles would like the Platinum Jubilee to focus solely on the Queen.

Prince Harry and Meghan, pictured left, paid a secret visit to Prince Charles and the Queen on their way to the Netherlands


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“Many are disappointed that Andrew overshadowed Prince Philip’s Thanksgiving service and don’t want Meghan and Harry’s circus to hijack the anniversary.

“This is the Queen’s show and should be about her and her 70 years of service rather than Meghan’s fashion, the children and Harry.

“They don’t want it to be the Harry and Meghan show. Charles and the whole family agree on that.”

Harry and Meghan are currently filming at the Invictus Games as part of their £113million deal with Netflix, which will feature exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of the games when the documentary airs.

Due to the show, there are fears within the royal family that Netflix may be pressuring them to film the Sussexes at the queen ‘s celebration.

A source added: “The royal family will be watching Invictus events this week, which is where Netflix will be when the anniversary arrives.

“They’re going to want to film behind the scenes or be in the crowd at the anniversary because it’s the better footage for the documentary.”

Meghan and Harry at the Invictus Games opening ceremony


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Meghan Markle speaking at the Invictus Games opening ceremony



It’s not clear if Netflix or Harry and Meghan have already made plans for the anniversary.

Harry and Meghan’s appearance at the Invictus Games tonight follows their clandestine visit to Windsor Castle earlier this week.

Harry is believed to have arranged the meeting at short notice and arrived on Wednesday to stay at Frogmore Cottage before reuniting with Prince Charles and the Queen.

His meeting with father Charles was reportedly kept brief as the 73-year-old king was busy preparing for the Maundy Thursday service where he interceded for the queen.

According to an insider, the couple’s meeting with Prince Charles was “reluctant” and they were “not exactly welcomed with open arms.”

However, another said: “Charles claims Harry is still a well-loved son”.

Harry looked emotional after being introduced by wife Meghan


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After Charles and Camilla left the meeting, Harry and Meghan spoke to the Queen much longer, between 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Prince William was not at Windsor Castle to meet his brother as he is reportedly on a skiing holiday with Kate and their children.

Last night, Meghan left Harry on the verge of tears after paying loving tribute to her “incredible husband” and sharing a sweet kiss at the Invictus Games.

The couple attended the opening ceremony of the games in The Hague on Saturday night and came to the event hand-in-hand.

Harry looked chic in a gray suit with an open-neck shirt, while Meghan paired dark trousers with a white off-the-shoulder body suit from Khaite, valued at £620, and a £12,800 Cartier necklace.

Both addressed the crowd in the arena at the opening ceremony, with Meghan taking the stage first.

She told the crowd: “Good evening everyone. We are so grateful to The Netherlands for welcoming us and hosting the Invictus Games.

“My husband and I recognize that it has taken a lot for any team to get there, both physically and emotionally, not least for the Ukrainian team that we all stand by – we talked about that yesterday, slava ukraini.

“One thing I know for sure: every single moment it took to get here will be worth it.

Meghan and Harry at the Invictus Games opening ceremony tonight



The pair exchanged a kiss as Meghan placed Harry on stage



“Because here at the Invictus Games, we honor your years of service on the field and your continued service to your country, your family and your community off the field.

“Thank you for your service and thank you to all of the family and friends who are here and have supported you along the way because this is service, this is dedication and this is the Invictus family.

“It is now my great honor to introduce someone who I think you will all be very excited to hear from.

“He also spent many late nights and early mornings planning these games to make them as perfect as possible for each of you.

“I couldn’t love and respect him more and I know you all feel the same because he is your fellow veteran who has completed two tours of duty in Afghanistan and 10 years of military service.

“He is the founder of Invictus Games and the father of our two little ones, Archie and Lili. Please welcome my incredible husband, Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex.”

The pair were kissing as Harry took the stage, and he seemed emotional before his speech, saying, “Thank you, my love.”

The couple appeared happy and close during their public appearances at the event, holding hands and putting their hands on each other’s backs.

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