Harry, Meghan, Andrew won’t appear on palace balcony

The Queen has blocked her son Prince Andrew and grandson Prince Harry from appearing with other family members on the Buckingham Palace balcony to mark the beginning of official Platinum Jubilee celebrations next month.

The 96-year-old monarch has ruled that only family members who are currently undertaking “official public duties” on her behalf will be on the balcony for Trooping the Colour, as well as the all-important fly past and photographs to open the four days of celebrations which mark her 70th year on the throne.

The Queen and members of the royal family on the Buckingham Palace balcony in July, 2018.Credit:Getty Images

She will be joined by immediate family members, including the Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Prince William and wife Catherine, Prince Edward and wife Sophie, and Anne, the Princess Royal.

Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, left the working royal family for a new life in California in 2020 and relations between the couple and other family members have been strained since they accused unnamed members of the royal family of racism during a tell -all interview with Oprah Winfrey in March, 2021.

Andrew, the Duke of York, stepped down following revelations about his friendship with the paedophile, Jeffrey Epstein. Earlier this year, he paid millions of pounds to Virginia Giuffre, who had accused him of rape, although he has consistently denied her allegations. His daughters Princess Beatrice and Eugenie, who have been on the balcony in the past, along with Peter Phillips and his family, will not attend.

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The Queen’s first cousins ​​Prince Richard, the Duke of Gloucester, Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent, and Princess Alexandra will also join the family photo.

Although they are not official working members of the family because of their age, the Cambridge children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis will also be invited, along with the Wessex children Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.

Sir Timothy Laurence, the husband of the Princess Royal, will also be there in recognition of his support of her work.

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