Royal news: Should Meghan Markle and Harry be banned from Palace balcony for major events? | Royal | News (Reports)


The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have not seen the Queen and other members of the Royal Family since carrying out their final engagement in the UK last March. Harry, 36, is expected to fly in from the US in June for a dramatic reunion with his relatives at Prince Philip’s 100th birthday celebrations and Trooping the Colour.

The annual event, which includes a flypast over the palace as the Queen and senior royal watch from the balcony, was called off last summer due to the coronavirus restrictions.

Harry and Meghan appeared on Buckingham Palace balcony at Trooping for the first time as a couple in 2018 just a month after tying the knot.

The newlyweds were given a prime position on the balcony next to the monarch for the centenary of the RAF.

And in 2019 the Sussexes again wooed fans gathered outside the palace as they took part in the parade along the Mall, weeks after welcoming their son Archie, before stepping out onto the balcony.

For all their balcony appearances, Harry and his American-born wife were given priority places alongside the Queen, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Earl and Countess of Wessex and other family members on the balcony.

But now that the pair are no longer working members of the Firm, royal aides will have to decide how to incorporate them into public events.

The honour of standing on the balcony is reserved for only the Queen and her close family members.

Distant relatives rarely get a look in when it comes to assigning spots in the iconic royal tradition.

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They explained: “Harry wants to be there. It is already causing a headache and is going to be very awkward.

“Where will they be positioned if they turn up? What events can they attend?

“Will we put them on the Buckingham Palace balcony for the flypast?

“This is a celebration for the Queen’s 70 years of service to the nation and should not be overshadowed.”

The celebration will mark 70 years of the Queen’s reign and is set to include visits by senior royals to cities across the UK to celebrate the momentous occasion.

Given the fact the Sussexes have bowed out of royal life, they are unlikely to attend such events but may make an appearance on the balcony if the Queen allows it.

As the monarch’s aides ponder how to handle future events, Harry and Meghan are looking towards their future in California.

On Monday it was announced that the pair had donated through their Archewell Foundation to repair the roof of a women’s shelter in Texas which was damaged by Storm Uri.

Meghan is expecting the couple’s second baby, thought to be due at the end of spring, and she and her husband are showing growing signs of setting down deep roots in her home state.


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