Prince Harry and Meghan Markle may not attend Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022 because their rift "runs deep", a royal expert has suggested.
Brits will get to enjoy a four-day bank holiday weekend to mark Her Majesty’s remarkable 70-year reign next year and there will be a number of spectacular celebrations held to help the country celebrate.
Harry and Meghan would normally be expected to fly back for the festivities, but the recent deepening of the so-called between the Sussexes and the wider family means that some royal experts are now less sure of what will happen.
The Duke of Sussex is scheduled to join up with his brother for the unveiling of the Princess Diana statue next month but royal author Victoria Murphy said people can't "presume" what will happen 12 months down the line.
She told Palace Confidential: “My initial reaction would be yes, because when they stepped back from royal life this was exactly one of the kind of things that we were told they were definitely going to be at – these big family occasions … they are going to be at things like Trooping [the Colour].
“This is not a normal Trooping. This is going to be a huge celebration over a four-day weekend and we are going to see so many members of the extended family taking part, so absolutely we would normally expect to see them.”
But Victoria added: “What we have come to understand over the course of the last year is that when it comes to Harry and Meghan, many unexpected things happen.
“We do know that this rift does run deep and that there have been significant disagreements and I don’t think we can presume at this stage a year ahead exactly how anything is going to look.”
Fellow royal watcher and broadcaster Julia Hartley-Brewer broadcaster agreed that things were up in the air at the moment and she said that Harry and Meghan could end up dominating proceedings regardless of their decision to come or not.
“Do you want the story to be that Harry and Meghan don’t come or do you want the story to be that Harry and Meghan come and then constantly everything is about them as opposed to about the Queen?” she asked on the podcast.
“It’s a lot of ‘Oprah Winfreys’ away. Goodness knows what else we’ll have found out about them and the Royal Family by then.”
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