The Royal Family will ‘be relieved if the Duke and Duchess of Sussex stay in the US for Prince Philip’s memorial as their presence would turn it into the Harry and Meghan show,’ a royal expert has claimed.
The couple, who live in a $14million mansion in Montecito, California, were expected to come to the UK for the Duke of Edinburgh’s memorial service, however, a recent row over the Metropolitan Police providing their security has called their return into doubt.
Now Ingrid Seward, Editor in Chief of Majesty Magazine, has said the Sussexes’ absence may be welcomed by senior members of The Firm. She told the Sun: ‘I think if they choose not to come then everyone will breathe a sigh of relief. ‘It is thanks-giving for Prince Philip and we don’t want it turning into the Harry and Meghan show.‘
Prince Philip, who died last April aged 99, is expected to be celebrated in a Service of Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey in the spring.
While Harry, 37, returned to the UK for Philip’s funeral, its understood he isn’t prepared to return with Meghan, 40, Archie, two, and seven-month-old Lilibet without armed guards
Prince Charles, 73, reportedly offered to have his family to stay with him in the UK in the hope of meeting Lilibet for the first time, a source claimed this week. The offer, which would be the first time the family have fully come together since Harry and Meghan moved to the US, was made just before Christmas, according to the Mirror.
But Harry’s refusal to return without a substantial level of security from the Met Police is said to have put the reunion in doubt.
Prince Harry faced outrage over his threat of legal action against Her Majesty’s Government.
He is seeking a judicial review of the decision to strip him of his UK police protection team, claiming it is too dangerous to visit without Scotland Yard bodyguards. A former head of royal protection warned the royal ‘cannot pick and choose’ when he wants to visit the UK and receive protection. Dai Davies pointed out Princess Anne was nearly kidnapped and her protection officer was shot – but she does not get full time protection.
His comments came as sources suggested the Queen will not help her grandson in his demand for security personnel when he comes to Britain.
The insiders claimed the Monarch has no intentions of ‘caving into his demands‘ for protection from the Met and Home Office.
Meghan and Charles were previously close and are said to have shared a bond of love of culture, art and history. Charles is also said to be ‘desperate to see his grandchildren’. A source told the Mirror last week: ‘The Prince of Wales has been saddened that he hasn’t had the opportunity to spend time with his grandchildren, which he really does miss.
‘He is a fantastic grandfather and loves playing the role immensely and it’s certainly fair to say he feels there is something missing from his life without the ability to get to know Harry’s children.
‘This is something he is hoping to remedy which is why he made the gesture for Harry, Meghan and the children to stay with him if they wanted to, whenever they may come home for a period of time.