Harry and Meghan ‘need a partnership with Queen’, says expert
the duke and duchess of sussex visited the Queen at Windsor Castle en route to The Hague, Netherlands, to attend this month’s Invictus Games. The Games were founded by Harry in 2014 to provide a space for injured current and former military personnel to compete in a variety of sports.
The UK stopover marked Harry and Meghan’s first joint visit to the country since they retired as royals two years ago.
After announcing their plans to leave their roles behind, they moved to North America and currently live in Montecito, California with their two children, Archie, and Lilibet, ages two and 10 months.
Reports suggest they have been invited to appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, but will not have a formal role.
Palace officials are said to be working under the assumption that non-working members of the royal family, including Harry, Meghan and Prince Andrew, will be invited to some events.
The Platinum Jubilee will be celebrated with a four-day event weekend from June 2-5.
Now Express.co.uk has asked readers if they think the couple should, in fact, be present at the celebrations.
In a poll that was conducted from 9am Tuesday April 19 to noon Wednesday April 20, Express.co.uk asked: “Do you think Meghan and Harry will return to the UK to attend the UK Jubilee celebrations?” Platinum?”
In total, 8,709 people cast their votes with the overwhelming majority, 91 per cent (7,920 people), voting ‘no’, Meghan and Harry will not return to the UK for the Platinum Jubilee.
Another seven percent (606 people) said “yes” and only two percent (183 people) said they didn’t know at all.
Meghan and Harry should NOT attend the Platinum Jubilee
In the hundreds of comments below, readers of the accompanying article shared their views on Meghan and Harry’s possible return to the UK for the Platinum Jubilee.
Many thought the Jubilee should focus on the Queen with username Katy58 writing: “The Jubilee is about the Queen’s reign, NOT her family.”
Username Gobsmacker said: “If they weren’t able to attend Prince Philip’s memorial then they shouldn’t be attending the Jubilee celebrations – the focus should be on the Queen.”
Username Myview2day said: “The Queen’s Jubilee is about the Queen, and NOT about Harry and Meghan.”
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And the username Fetllock1 said: “No, they shouldn’t be on the balcony. It’s the Queen’s day to shine.”
Others expressed concern about the Queen’s underestimating public opinion of Meghan and Harry.
Username SanjayP said: “Her Majesty The Queen will have underestimated the public mood against Harry and Meghan, if they are extended an invitation to attend the celebration.”
Username aquamarine said: “The Queen needs to decide if she is the Queen or the grandmother.
“In this case, she can’t be both. Her duty is to the country, the people and public opinion.”
The Queen is to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee with a four-day weekend of events.
And username Florrie50 said: “I hope this is just a PR stunt. There are enough Reales to fill that Balcony.”
Some were convinced that Harry and Meghan would not be part of the public celebrations.
Username GEE said: “Your attendance shouldn’t even be a topic of discussion. The simple answer is NO, they should not participate in any public celebrations.
“If the family wants them to help celebrate the jubilee, then it should be in a private capacity.
“No balcony appearance. Do not sit with the working Royals at any of the celebrations. They backed off.”
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Likewise, the username ChrissieD wrote: “Yes, let them come, as long as they do NOT appear on the balcony or in any public place.”
A spokesman for the Sussexes said Monday that they were not in a position to discuss future travel plans.
Many members of the Royal Family, including Prince Charles and Prince William, have yet to make it to Lilibet.
In February, Harry’s lawyer told the High Court in London that Harry “doesn’t feel safe” bringing his children to the UK following the loss of his taxpayer-funded security.