Prince Harry and Meghan Markle may be in the UK to celebrate the platinum anniversary with the Queen, but they are unlikely to meet William and Kate privately, a royal insider has reportedly said
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Prince Harry and Meghan are attending the platinum anniversary celebrations but are not expected to meet William and Kate privately, an insider has claimed.
The Sussexes are in the UK together for the first time since moving abroad more than two years ago to attend ceremonies marking Queen’s 70th anniversary on the throne.
They have traveled despite a rift with the royal family sparked by criticism of the Sussexes on television in the United States.
And while they are believed to receive a warm welcome from the Queen, Harry and Meghan are unlikely to see William and Kate alone.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will celebrate their daughter Lilibet’s first birthday on Saturday – but Kate and William will miss the celebrations due to a royal engagement in Wales.
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Harry has previously told US media that he needs to break the cycle and take his family away from the royal family and that Charles and William are implicated in their influence.
A royal insider told page six : “At the moment it doesn’t appear that Harry and Meghan and William and Kate will meet separately during the anniversary celebrations.
“I’m sure there’s nothing in the diary.”
The Queen is expected to meet Harry and Meghan on Saturday for the first birthday of their daughter Lilibet – who the monarch had not met prior to this visit.
Harry and Meghan will be throwing a small party for Lilibet’s first birthday next Saturday at their Frogmore Cottage in Windsor – just a short drive from the Queen’s Castle Apartments.
Wills and Kate are unlikely to attend due to previous commitments, but Harry and Meghan will be hosting Lilibet’s godparents and close friends.
It comes as Princes William and Harry begin to mend their feud with weekly online news and face-to-face chats.
Harry and Meghan aim to keep this trip low-key so as not to distract the Queen’s attention.
They were present at Trooping the Color on Thursday but watched and there was no appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace afterwards as it was reserved for working royals.
The 96-year-old monarch appeared on the balcony, but the palace later said she again had movement problems and some ailments and would no longer attend a Thanksgiving service on Friday.
The Queen has reduced her public appearances in recent months due to “episodic mobility issues” and the Palace had warned her attendance at Platinum Jubilee events would be decided in a timely manner.
“The Queen thoroughly enjoyed today’s birthday parade and flypast but had some complaints,” the palace said.
“Taking into account the travel and activities required to attend tomorrow’s National Thanksgiving Service at St Paul’s Cathedral, Her Majesty has concluded with great reluctance that she will not attend.”
The Queen later appeared at her home in Windsor Castle, just outside London, to light the Principal Platinum Jubilee Beacon, one of thousands lit across Britain and the Commonwealth on Thursday night.
News of the Queen’s absence from duty on Friday came after the first day of Platinum Jubilee celebrations, when tens of thousands of royal supporters lined the streets of London for a military parade.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/prince-harry-william-have-no-27136536 Prince Harry and William 'have no plans to hang out over the anniversary weekend'