Queen Elizabeth has spoken! Though there was speculation that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle may be able to appear alongside the royal family on the balcony during the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, it looks like that is no longer the case.
On Friday, May 6, a palace spokesperson said, “After careful consideration, the Queen has decided this year’s traditional Trooping the Colour balcony appearance on Thursday, June 2 will be limited to Her Majesty and those members of the royal family who are currently undertaking official public duties on behalf of the Queen.”
“In addition, the Cambridge and Wessex children are also expected to appear as is Sir Tim Laurence, who the Queen is happy to attend as a frequent attendee and support for the Princess Royal on official engagements," the statement continued.
Last month, Prince Harry, 37, played coy when asked if he would trek back to the U.K. in June for the celebrations.
"I don't know yet. There's lots of things: security issues and everything else. So this is what I'm trying to do, trying to make it possible that, you know, I can get my kids to meet her," the dad-of-two said.
Now, it looks like the pair — who share Archie, 3, and Lilibet, 11 months — have changed their minds.
"Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are excited and honoured to attend The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations this June with their children," a spokesperson for the duo said.
It sounds like Harry, Meghan and Andrew will be out and about with the others, though.
“Other family members will be invited to events. We’ve always made that clear and they are likely to be public events," a source said of the situation.
“They are much-loved members of the family and they would be invited to family events," an insider said of the pair, who left the royal family in 2020 to move to California.
“The Queen is looking forward to the weekend and will be taking part in the celebrations but her presence will not be confirmed until much nearer the time or even on the day itself," a spokesperson added.