A statement released by a spokesperson confirmed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s attendance at celebrations for the monarch’s 70-year reign next month. Meghan Markle, 40, and Prince Harry, 37, will be joined by their children Archie, three, and Lilibet, who turns one next month.
The spokesperson for the couple said Meghan and Harry are “excited and honoured” to be attending. The full statement reads: “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.”
The occasion will mark the first time the Sussexes have visited the UK with their two children in tow since quitting royal duties. It’s not been confirmed which specific Platinum Jubilee celebrations Meghan and Harry will be attending with their family.
News of their UK return came following an announcement from Buckingham Palace about who will be joining Her Majesty on the balcony of her residence in London for the Trooping the Colour parade. A statement said after “careful consideration” the Queen will be joined only by working royals for the occasion this year.
The statement read: “After careful consideration, The Queen has decided this year’s traditional Trooping the Colour balcony appearance on Thursday 2nd June 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.”
Joining the monarch at Buckingham Palace for the RAF flypast will be Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall; the Cambridges and their children; the Wessexes and their children; Princess Anne and Sir Timothy Laurence; the Gloucesters, Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra.
This means the Duke and Duchess of Sussex alongside other non-working royals, including Prince Andrew, aren’t included as balcony guests. However, there are a host of other celebrations planned throughout the extended June bank holiday to mark the Queen’s historic reign. These include a service of Thanksgiving held at St Paul’s Cathedral on June 3 and a Platinum Party at the Palace, a BBC televised concert, taking place on June 4.
The Sussexes’ return to British soil will allow the first-ever meeting face to face between the Queen and Lili to take place. Lilibet was born on June 4 last year in a hospital in Santa Barbara and the visit will make the 11-month-old’s first time in the country. The child, who shares her name with the Queen’s childhood nickname, will mark her first birthday while in the UK.
Her Majesty’s attendance at some of the celebrations for her Jubilee has not yet been confirmed , however. Owing to her recent mobility issues, the monarch’s attendance at the events won’t be confirmed until the day of or even hours before she is meant to appear in public. This allows the Queen wriggle room if she needs to pull out of attending without causing disappointment or concern to royal watchers.
The news of the royal reunion was shared on Archie’s third birthday. Archie was born in Britain in 2019 and spent his first few months at Frogmore Cottage, located on the Queen’s Windsor estate. However, he left the UK in mid-November 2019, when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex travelled to Canada for a six-week break from royal duties and hasn’t reunited with his British relatives since then.
While the monarch hasn’t been able to spend time with her great-grandchildren in person, Prince Harry and Meghan said last year she has remained in touch with little Archie via video link after the Sussexes moved to the US. Archie’s third birthday was publicly marked by members of the Royal Family on social media.
The Royal Family Twitter account, which reports the activities of Her Majesty and all the senior royals who don’t have their own social media handles, shared well-wishes for the son of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on his birthday.
The tweet read: “Wishing Archie Mountbatten-Windsor a very happy 3rd Birthday!”
Accompanying the message was a photograph showing the Queen’s first-ever encounter with Archie, which was taken two days after the boy’s birth, on May 8 2019. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also wished Prince Harry and Meghan’s son, Archie, a happy birthday.