Royal Family news – Prince Harry & Meghan could make SHOCK Jubilee return for Queen but 'can't play any formal roles'

Royal Family news – Prince Harry & Meghan could make SHOCK Jubilee return for Queen but 'can't play any formal roles'

MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry could make a shock return for the Queen's Jubilee but according to reports they 'can't play any formal roles'.

The Sussexes will however be "invited to join the Royal Family on the balcony" at the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, sources have claimed.

The pair have been invited to attend the Queen's celebration of 70 years on the throne during a four-day party.

But if they do show up, they can't play any formal roles, sources told the Telegraph.

If they decide to join the royals, Meghan and Harry will appear at family events – which include the balcony appearance and a service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral.

But because they've revoked their status as working royals, Meghan and Harry would not attend Trooping the Colour if they were to come for the Queen's celebrations.

Read our Royal Family live blog below for the latest updates…

  • Louis Allwood

    Senior royals step up

    PRINCE William and Kate Middleton stepped up on sunday as they lead the Royals in for the Easter Sunday service.

    The couple beamed alongside Princess Charlotte and Prince George at St George's Chapel in Windsor for the traditional Easter Mattins Service.

    Adorable Charlotte, six, was a mini me of her mum in a sky blue dress.

    Sadly the Queen, 95, was not in attendance after Buckingham Palace previously said she was "not expected" to join other royals.

    She was instead expected to mark the day at a small chapel in Windsor Castle.

    Royal biographer Angela Levin told Sky News: "I don't know how difficult it is to get in and out of the Chapel at Windsor Palace but she does have her own very small chapel within Windsor Castle and I suspect she will go there. 

    "I can't imagine that she will miss saying her prayers and feeling that it actually is Easter Sunday."

  • Milica Cosic

    Queen ‘locked herself away alone’ after Philip’s funeral

    THE Queen locked herself away and spoke to nobody after Prince Philip's funeral, her closest aide revealed.

    Her Majesty returned to her private apartment in Windsor Castle, closed her sitting room door and was left alone, Angela Kelly said.

    She wrote: "I helped her off with her coat and hat and no words were spoken.

    "The Queen then walked to her sitting room, closed the door behind her, and she was alone with her own thoughts."

    Details of the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral are revealed in Angela's book The Other Side of the Coin, published next month and serialised in Hello! magazine today.

  • Milica Cosic

    Queen 'hid behind bushes' to surprise staff during lockdown

    It has been revealed that The Queen surprised members of staff who were isolating with her during the first lockdown by hosting "Bubble Olympics".

    Angela Kelly, the Queen's dressmaker and loyal confidante, revealed in her new book that the Monarch gave out prizes during the games and also hid behind the bushes of the grounds to watch the games. 

    Ms Kelly said: "I had asked The Queen a few days before if she would mind hosting the prize-giving, to which she very kindly agreed.

    "On the day, she came out very quietly and discreetly, and it was amazing to see the looks of surprise and delight when The Queen's Range Rover pulled up by the golf course and Her Majesty stepped out.

    "Little did the staff know that The Queen had actually arrived earlier and had been watching, hidden behind the bushes.

    "The astonishment on their faces was so lovely to watch, and as The Queen drove away in her Range Rover afterwards, everyone was speechless.

    "An amazing day that will be cherished by all those who were there."

  • Milica Cosic

    Andrew ‘won’t leave’ £1million a year Royal Lodge

    PRINCE Andrew won’t leave his Royal Lodge home after giving up his titles and settling his rape lawsuit for £7 million.

    The Duke of York lives in the 31 bedroom Georgian mansion despite having not apparent means of paying its £1 million a year upkeep.

    Despite speculation at the beginning of the year he would be forced to leave the Royal Lodge, he is now “very unlikely” to move, a royal source told the Mail on Sunday.

    Andrew has spent £7.5million refurbishing the property, including the addition of an indoor swimming pool.

    Royal Lodge, which would be worth at least £30million on the open market, is three miles from Windsor Castle and was the Queen Mother’s old home.

    Prince Andrew’s representatives have been approached for comment.

  • Milica Cosic

    Margaret's rare £40k bow brooch is a 'precious treasure'

    Unlike Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Margaret did not wear loads of brooches, but instead wore amazing pieces of jewellery, like the Poltimore Tiara she bought for her own 1960 wedding.

    Charlotte White, head of design at 77 Diamonds spoke exclusively to Express.co.uk about Margaret's mysterious brooch – an Art Deco sapphire and diamond bow brooch.

    She said: "Princess Margaret was known for her glamour and great love of jewellery.

    “In 2006, four years after her death, the Princess's jewels went up for auction at Christie's.

    “Among her precious treasures was this early Art Deco bow brooch, with its openwork sapphire and diamond wheel design and calibré-cut sapphire accents set on platinum and gold."

  • Milica Cosic

    Princess Charlene ‘affectionate’ while Albert looks ‘rigid & awkward’

    Princess Charlene revealed a new family photo over the weekend, and a body language expert has analysed how she displays a “close bond” with her daughter, while Prince Albert’s body language suggests “awkwardness”.

    Princess Charlene of Monaco took to social media, wishing royal fans a “Happy Easter”. 

    Express.co.uk spoke to body language expert Judi James about the family dynamic on display. 

    Ms James said:“There appears to be a direct contrast in body language mood here between the quite elegant affection from Charlene and her daughter and the rather rigid awkwardness of Albert and his son.

    “Charlene has never really looked very camera-shy throughout her illness and here she greets the lens with an eye-narrowed smile that suggests she is relatively relaxed and comfortable despite looking rather frail.

    “She wraps one arm around her daughter and looks down to pay her added attention when she speaks”.

    View this post on Instagram

    A post shared by HSH Princess Charlene (@hshprincesscharlene)

  • Milica Cosic

    Camilla had ’empathy with Diana’

    A journalist and royal biographer is expected to reveal the struggles which Camilla faced when “adjusting to royal life and Charles’ schedule”.

    Tina Brown is writing ‘The Palace Papers’, which is due for released later this month.

    Speaking on the latest episode of Royally US, about the book, hosts Christina Garibaldi and Christine Ross discussed how Camilla began to feel “empathy” for Diana, Princess of Wales.

    Ms Garibaldi said: “She [Tina Brown] talks about how Camilla actually had a hard time adjusting to royal life and Charles’ schedule”

    Quoting Tina Brown, she said: Punctuality had never been Camilla’s strong suit but Charles expected her to be ready for engagements at his own regimented pace”.

    “When she [Camilla] asked him where they were going he would snap ‘haven’t you read the brief?”.

  • Milica Cosic

    'Just when you thought Harry had done the right thing – in stepped Meghan'

    This is a comment piece.

    JUST when you thought Harry had done the right thing by flying in to see the Queen and his father, in stepped Meghan.

    She immediately undid any goodwill their flying visit to Britain may have earned with a cheap jibe about their “service” during the Invictus Games.

    It was an obvious shot at the expense of the Royal Family’s post-Megxit comment about dedication and duty.

    For all the talk of olive branches, it is clear Meghan, at least, cannot let it go. Conflict, of course, is grist to the Sussexes’ PR mill. Netflix is not paying over £100million for scenes of happy families.

    The more Meghan and Harry prick palace egos — even as they appear to be seeking to build bridges — the greater the drama for its documentary.

    Read the article in full here.

  • Milica Cosic

    Golf buggies arrive at Windsor

    TWO more golf buggies have been delivered to Windsor Castle for The Queen, sparking health concerns.

    It comes after the Queen got one to help her move around the grounds. 

    Aides have been taking the monarch, 95, for spins in her private grounds — with her corgis next to her.

    The 43mph electric cart, dubbed the Queen Mobile, has been teed up to transport her around at her Berkshire home after months of medical woes.

    This follows news that the public must assume the Queen will not attend future events until confirmed by the Palace on the day, it is claimed.

    Her Majesty‘s presence at public engagements will be a bonus but not guaranteed under alleged new Palace plans following several health scares, including a brush with Covid.

  • Milica Cosic

    Queen’s meeting with Harry & Meghan could lead to Jubilee appearance

    According to a royal expert, the Queen’s meeting with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Windsor last week could pave the way for them to attend the Platinum Jubilee festivities in June.

    Ingrid Seward, editor-in-large of Majesty magazine, said: “The Queen is all about forgiveness – look at Fergie and Andrew – and she would certainly be happy to have Harry and Meghan around her for the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

    “Their meeting at Windsor on Thursday shows the olive branch has been offered to them and she will be hoping they accept it.

    “She wants to present a united family on an occasion like the Jubilee, because an occasion like that certainly won’t happen again.”

  • Milica Cosic

    Harry & Meghan Markle ‘exploited the Queen for NETFLIX'

    PRINCE Harry and Meghan Markle have "exploited the Queen for Netflix", a royal expert has claimed.

    Biographer Tom Bower reckons the couple's secret meeting with Her Majesty on their way to the Netherlands was simply to please the producers of their imminent documentary.

    Bower told MailOnline: "I have no doubt it was all done for their Netflix documentary.

    "The Queen's advisers failed to protect her from being exploited by the Royal Family's worst traducers, while the Sussexes exploited an old, unwell woman to boost their credibility and coffers."

    Harry and Meghan last year signed a mega Netflix deal said to be worth £112million.

    Their first project was announced as an Invictus Games documentary with an Oscar-winning production team.

  • Milica Cosic

    Thank you for reading my coverage this morning. My colleague Louis Allwood will be back with you tomorrow from 8am.

  • Milica Cosic

    Princess Charlene 'affectionate' while Albert looks 'rigid & awkward'

    Princess Charlene revealed a new family photo over the weekend, and a body language expert has analysed how she displays a "close bond" with her daughter, while Prince Albert's body language suggests "awkwardness".

    Princess Charlene of Monaco took to social media, wishing royal fans a “Happy Easter”. 

    Express.co.uk spoke to body language expert Judi James about the family dynamic on display. 

    Ms James said:“There appears to be a direct contrast in body language mood here between the quite elegant affection from Charlene and her daughter and the rather rigid awkwardness of Albert and his son.

    “Charlene has never really looked very camera-shy throughout her illness and here she greets the lens with an eye-narrowed smile that suggests she is relatively relaxed and comfortable despite looking rather frail.

    “She wraps one arm around her daughter and looks down to pay her added attention when she speaks”.

    View this post on Instagram

    A post shared by HSH Princess Charlene (@hshprincesscharlene)

  • Milica Cosic

    Royal fans left fuming at Meg's introduction of Harry

    Royal fans have criticised Meghan Markle for the way she introduced Prince Harry at the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games. 

    Meghan said: "He's the founder of the Invictus Games and the father to our two little ones, Archie and Lili. Please welcome my incredible husband, Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex."

    However, royal fans took to Twitter with fury to the introduction, with one writing: "Thought it was 'just Harry'.

    "Prince Harry will suffice. She's obsessed with those damn titles."

    While another added: "They found out that 'Just call me Harry' does not sell but 'my husband, Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex' and 'Hi, I’m Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex' does.

    "Shows that their without titles, their worth decreases and they and their corporate bosses know it."

  • Milica Cosic

    Queen ‘locked herself away alone’ after Philip’s funeral

    THE Queen locked herself away and spoke to nobody after Prince Philip's funeral, her closest aide revealed.

    Her Majesty returned to her private apartment in Windsor Castle, closed her sitting room door and was left alone, Angela Kelly said.

    She wrote: "I helped her off with her coat and hat and no words were spoken.

    "The Queen then walked to her sitting room, closed the door behind her, and she was alone with her own thoughts."

    Details of the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral are revealed in Angela's book The Other Side of the Coin, published next month and serialised in Hello! magazine today.

  • Milica Cosic

    Queen 'hid behind bushes' to surprise staff during lockdown

    It has been revealed that The Queen surprised members of staff who were isolating with her during the first lockdown by hosting "Bubble Olympics".

    Angela Kelly, the Queen's dressmaker and loyal confidante, revealed in her new book that the Monarch gave out prizes during the games and also hid behind the bushes of the grounds to watch the games. 

    Ms Kelly said: "I had asked The Queen a few days before if she would mind hosting the prize-giving, to which she very kindly agreed.

    "On the day, she came out very quietly and discreetly, and it was amazing to see the looks of surprise and delight when The Queen's Range Rover pulled up by the golf course and Her Majesty stepped out.

    "Little did the staff know that The Queen had actually arrived earlier and had been watching, hidden behind the bushes.

    "The astonishment on their faces was so lovely to watch, and as The Queen drove away in her Range Rover afterwards, everyone was speechless.

    "An amazing day that will be cherished by all those who were there."

  • Milica Cosic

    Andrew ‘won’t leave’ £1million a year Royal Lodge

    PRINCE Andrew won’t leave his Royal Lodge home after giving up his titles and settling his rape lawsuit for £7 million.

    The Duke of York lives in the 31 bedroom Georgian mansion despite having not apparent means of paying its £1 million a year upkeep.

    Despite speculation at the beginning of the year he would be forced to leave the Royal Lodge, he is now “very unlikely” to move, a royal source told the Mail on Sunday.

    Andrew has spent £7.5million refurbishing the property, including the addition of an indoor swimming pool.

    Royal Lodge, which would be worth at least £30million on the open market, is three miles from Windsor Castle and was the Queen Mother’s old home.

    Prince Andrew’s representatives have been approached for comment.

  • Milica Cosic

    Prince Harry: 'It is our responsibility that the world is the way that it is'

    Prince Harry was interviewed by two young reporters, Sophia, 11, and Jay, 12, during the Invictus Games. With the Duke, they discussed his hopes for his young children.

    When asked what is his wish for Archie, two, and Lilibet, 10 months, Harry candidly said: "To grow up in a better world.

    "To grow up in a fairer world, safer world, a more equal world.

    "It's not going to be easy, but I will never, ever rest until I, as a parent, have at least tried to make the world a better place for them.

    "Because it is our responsibility that the world is the way that it is now.

    "And I don't think that we should be bringing children into the world unless we are going to make that commitment to make it better for them.

    "We cannot steal your future."

  • Milica Cosic

    Margaret's rare £40k bow brooch is a 'precious treasure'

    Unlike Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Margaret did not wear loads of brooches, but instead wore amazing pieces of jewellery, like the Poltimore Tiara she bought for her own 1960 wedding.

    Charlotte White, head of design at 77 Diamonds spoke exclusively to Express.co.uk about Margaret's mysterious brooch – an Art Deco sapphire and diamond bow brooch.

    She said: "Princess Margaret was known for her glamour and great love of jewellery.

    “In 2006, four years after her death, the Princess's jewels went up for auction at Christie's.

    “Among her precious treasures was this early Art Deco bow brooch, with its openwork sapphire and diamond wheel design and calibré-cut sapphire accents set on platinum and gold."

  • Milica Cosic

    Camilla had ’empathy with Diana’

    A journalist and royal biographer is expected to reveal the struggles which Camilla faced when “adjusting to royal life and Charles’ schedule”.

    Tina Brown is writing ‘The Palace Papers’, which is due for released later this month.

    Speaking on the latest episode of Royally US, about the book, hosts Christina Garibaldi and Christine Ross discussed how Camilla began to feel “empathy” for Diana, Princess of Wales.

    Ms Garibaldi said: “She [Tina Brown] talks about how Camilla actually had a hard time adjusting to royal life and Charles’ schedule”

    Quoting Tina Brown, she said: Punctuality had never been Camilla’s strong suit but Charles expected her to be ready for engagements at his own regimented pace”.

    “When she [Camilla] asked him where they were going he would snap ‘haven’t you read the brief?”.

  • Milica Cosic

    'Just when you thought Harry had done the right thing – in stepped Meghan'

    This is a comment piece.

    JUST when you thought Harry had done the right thing by flying in to see the Queen and his father, in stepped Meghan.

    She immediately undid any goodwill their flying visit to Britain may have earned with a cheap jibe about their “service” during the Invictus Games.

    It was an obvious shot at the expense of the Royal Family’s post-Megxit comment about dedication and duty.

    For all the talk of olive branches, it is clear Meghan, at least, cannot let it go. Conflict, of course, is grist to the Sussexes’ PR mill. Netflix is not paying over £100million for scenes of happy families.

    The more Meghan and Harry prick palace egos — even as they appear to be seeking to build bridges — the greater the drama for its documentary.

    Read the article in full here.

  • Milica Cosic

    Afternoon, Milica Cosic logging on. I'll be bringing you the latest news and updates until 10pm tonight.

  • Louis Allwood

    Piers Morgan opens up about how he became friends with Meghan

    PIERS Morgan has opened up about his former friendship with Meghan Markle before she married Prince Harry.

    The 57-year-old, who will launch new TalkTV show Piers Morgan Uncensored later this month, famously quit Good Morning Britain after to refusing to apologise for comments he made about the Duchess.

    Now Sun columnist Piers has shared how his brief friendship with Meghan came about.

    He said: “One day, I was bored at home – this was 2015 – and I followed four of the stars of Suits on Twitter. Three of the guys and Meghan Markle.”

    Piers continued to The Times: “She direct-messages me five minutes after I followed her saying, ‘Oh my God, thanks for the follow. I’m such a big fan!’ which is quite given the way things have played out.

    “She’d watched me on CNN, liked me, blah-blah-blah, whatever. Anyway, I started exchanging messages with her and a guy called Rick Hoffman, who plays Louis Litt in Suits.

    “The three of us messages away, sending me early preview episodes, emailing. He came on Good Morning Britain; we sent the pictures to Meghan. All very light-hearted.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Margaret's rare £40k bow brooch is a 'precious treasure'

    Princess Margaret wore amazing pieces of jewellery, but unlike her sister Queen Elizabeth II, she did not wear loads of brooches.

    In every royal event where the Queen appears, she is hardly ever seen without a brooch.

    But Margaret owned an Art Deco sapphire and diamond bow brooch which was not part of a massive collection.

    Charlotte White, head of design at 77 Diamonds spoke exclusively to Express.co.uk about the mysterious brooch.

    She said: "Princess Margaret was known for her glamour and great love of jewellery.

    “In 2006, four years after her death, the Princess's jewels went up for auction at Christie's.

    “Among her precious treasures was this early Art Deco bow brooch, with its openwork sapphire and diamond wheel design and calibré-cut sapphire accents set on platinum and gold."

  • Louis Allwood

    Prince Harry in ‘TEARS’ as he was knocked ‘sideways emotionally’ 

    Prince Harry appeared to be tearful after his wife Meghan proudly introduced him on stage during the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games, according to a body language expert.

    The Duke of Sussex joined his wife after she said she could not "love and respect him more" during the Invictus Games opening ceremony.

    The pair then exchanged an intimate kiss in front of the adoring public.

    Speaking to the Mirror body language expert, Judi James said: "As Meghan and Harry do the hand-over of the mic they also perform a kiss that would have been a given in the political world but which is groundbreaking in royal terms.

    "It is affectionate but swift, with both smiling proudly as they perform it."

    Harry appeared to be knocked "sideways emotionally" by the kiss, Judi James added.

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