Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are ‘keeping their diaries free’ and may be invited to a special banquet with the Queen to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee, a royal expert claims.
Neil Sean says the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are set for a return to the UK this year for the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations from June 2 to June 5.
However, the royal commentator also warned that a grand return may ‘take focus away from the Queen’ as she marks 70 years on the throne, reports the Express.
Mr Sean said on his YouTube channel: “I’m sure that her gracious Majesty the Queen would have enough people helping to serve the teas and possibly clearing up at Windsor Great park, who knows.
“You can only imagine what on earth they [Harry and Meghan] could possibly offer.
“I don’t mean that in a cruel way but you know it’s going to be very difficult for Her Majesty the Queen and of course, His Royal Highness Prince Charles and Princess Anne.
“What could they offer?
“That would take away a lot of focus away from the Queen.
“What I’m suspecting is there will be some kind of banquet, perhaps low-key, that they possibly could get invited to.
“What we do know, however, is their diaries are remaining free.”
The four-day public holiday to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee will be the biggest every royal event and has an eye-popping budget of between £10million and £15 million.
The weekend will begin on the Thursday with Trooping the Colour, which will be staged in full for the first time since the pandemic, and a service of thanksgiving for the Queen’s reign will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral on the Saturday.
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Sunday’s pageant will comprise of three acts, with the first seeing both serving troops and veterans take part in a march along The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace.
Nicholas Coleridge, a co-chair of the pageant and chairman of the Victoria & Albert Museum, said the event will be larger than the celebrations during Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897.
He told the Mail: “It’s going to be the largest that’s ever put on, larger we think even than that that was put on for Queen Victoria.
“It’s not going to be London-centric. We even have a giant map, making sure that we have people from every part of our country and indeed every part of the Commonwealth.
“We’re going to have people from all 54 Commonwealth countries who are going to be taking part in this astounding parade.”
He added: “By the end of it, I hope we’re going to feel re-energised, highly patriotic and very much one nation as we all celebrate the Platinum Jubilee.”
The Queen celebrates 70 years on the throne on February 6 but as this day is also the anniversary of her father’s death celebrations have been moved to June instead.
She is already the longest-serving monarch alive today. Only one former monarch ruled for longer – Louis XIV of France, whose reign lasted 72 years and 110 days.