Prince Harry and his wife, Duchess Meghan, want to take part in the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne with their two children. It will be the first time the king will meet her 11-month-old granddaughter, Lillipet, who is named after the king’s family. On Friday, a spokeswoman said the couple were thrilled and honored. However, the family will not be seen next to the Queen on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for the start of the weekend of June 2.
Her eldest son Prince Andrew will also be missing there, BBC and Sky News reported, citing palace sources. She added that the Queen will only accompany members of the royal family “who are currently carrying out official public functions on behalf of the Queen.”
Andrew, 62, had largely withdrawn from public life years ago due to allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. He had recently avoided a lawsuit in the United States, paying millions in damages. Shortly thereafter, the Queen allowed her second eldest son to take her to Westminster Abbey. This gesture caused criticism.
Prince Harry, 37, the son of heir to the throne Prince Charles, and his wife, Duchess Meghan, 40, moved to the United States about two years ago and renounced their royal duties. Then they made serious allegations against the palace. Since then, relations have soured. Reports said the Queen had decided that only “working royals” and their children were allowed on the balcony. This also excludes Harry and Meghan and their children Archie (3) and Lilipet.
Besides the 96-year-old Queen, her other children – Prince Charles, Princess Anne and Prince Edward – are expected as well as Harry’s older brother Prince William and their families. Several events are planned in London for June 2-5, including a military parade, a memorial message and a major concert. Elizabeth II, who recently canceled several events due to health issues, wants to be present in person at some points of the programme. However, there should only be confirmation shortly before that, as reported by the BBC.