No place for Harry and Meghan on the balcony of Buckingham Palace: The British prince and his wife will not follow the military parade on the occasion of the Queen’s 70th jubilee on June 2nd alongside Queen Elizabeth II. The 96-year-old decided “after careful consideration” that this should be reserved for members of the royal family “who are currently performing official public duties on behalf of the Queen,” a spokesman for the royal family said on Friday.
18 members of the royal family have been invited, including heir to the throne Charles and his wife Camilla, as well as his son William, his wife Kate and their three children. For Prince Andrew, the Queen’s scandal-ridden son, there will be no place on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in the traditional “Trooping the Color” parade.
At the beginning of March, Andrew settled a legal dispute in the USA for sexual abuse of a 17-year-old at the alleged time of the crime by paying compensation. Andrew had already given up his royal duties in 2019 because of the allegations and his previous contacts with sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Meanwhile, he also lost his military titles and royal patronage.
Prince Harry and his wife Meghan visited the Queen at Windsor Castle outside of London in mid-April. The pair have not been in the UK together since their surprise departure from the royal family two and a half years ago. The prince lives in California with his family.
A source at the palace, quoted by Britain’s PA news agency, did not rule out Harry, Meghan and Andrew attending other events as part of the celebrations in honor of Queen Elizabeth II.
The military parade on June 2 kicks off the four-day celebrations of the Queen’s Jubilee. Elizabeth II inherited the British throne after the death of her father, George VI. boarded on February 6, 1952. She is the longest-serving monarch in the world. (AFP)