The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were absent from the balcony of Buckingham Palace last Thursday and were seen seated far from senior members of the royal family during the Thanksgiving service
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been “demoted” after their interview with Oprah “crossed the line” for some royals, an insider claimed.
The Sussexes were not on the balcony of Buckingham Palace when the anniversary celebrations began last Thursday and were only seen in a couple of photos taken through a window during Trooping the Color showing them playfully interacting with some of the royal children .
On Friday, they attended a thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral but did not attend a subsequent reception at the Guildhall, attended by most of the other royals.
The couple’s seats were in the second row of the gathering, with Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie and their husbands, Lady Sarah Chatto and their family. They sat behind the Duke of Gloucester, 31st in line to the throne.
The couple left the UK yesterday ahead of the conclusion of the final events of the Queen’s 70th jubilee.
Royal sources have now claimed the couple played a low-key role in last week’s celebrations due to their infamous Oprah interview in March 2021, which some senior royals believe “crossed a line,” reports reported The Telegraph.
An anonymous staffer told the newspaper: “[Harry and Meghan] will not play a prominent role. A line has been drawn.”
The insider added that the couple made no “acknowledgment of the damage they caused” and were “downgraded” as a result.
Meanwhile, royal commentator Omid Scobie told BBC Breakfast that Harry and Meghan “wanted to be as inconspicuous as possible” during their recent trip.
The two-hour Oprah interview sparked controversy after Meghan and Harry shared some disturbing revelations while speaking with Oprah.
The Duchess of Sussex has claimed there are “concerns” about her son Archie’s skin colour. She also shared that she had suffered from “suicidal thoughts” and claimed she was denied the royal family’s help during her private struggle.
Harry went on to claim that his father and brother, Prince Charles and William, are “trapped” in the institution of monarchy.
This weekend marked the Sussexes’ first public appearance alongside the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge since moving to the United States two years ago.
The Queen is said to have finally met her great-granddaughter and namesake Lilibet on Saturday.
The monarch had also not seen the couple’s other child, Archie, since 2019, when he was just a few months old.
The long-awaited family reunion is believed to have taken place at Windsor Castle in the 48 hours after Harry and Meghan returned to the UK via private jet on Wednesday, but this has not yet been confirmed.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/prince-harry-meghan-markle-relegated-27155958 Prince Harry and Meghan Markle 'relegated' as Oprah 'crossed borders' in interview for royals