Prince Harry, his wife Meghan and their controversial uncle Andrew They will not be with the Queen on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for the symbolic start of celebrations for the 70th anniversary of the reign of Elizabeth II, 96.
“Tras una cuidadosa consideration, la reina decidió que la tradicional aparición en el balcón (…) el jueves 2 de junio is limited este año a su majestad ya los miembros de la familia real que llevan a cabo compromisos públicos oficiales in number of the Queen”a spokesperson for the British royal household announced on Friday.
From June 2 to 5, the United Kingdom will celebrate four days of great festivities on the occasion of the “platinum jubilee” marking Elizabeth II’s seven decades on the throne, a record for a British monarch.
They will start with the traditional Trooping the Color or “Parade of Banners”which usually commemorates the Queen’s birthday each year, although it was canceled in 2021 and 2020 due to the pandemic.
The British press, very fond of crises in the royal family, expected that Harry and Meghan, who had left to live in California – where the American actress is from – after leaving the monarchy in 2020, they were with their grandmother on the balcony.
And that Prince Andrew, the Queen’s third son and considered her “favorite”, also appeared. retired from public life for his relationship with the late pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
File photo: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Andrew at an event in Ascot, England on June 22, 2017 (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
A total of 18 members of the royal family, including Crown Prince Charles, 73, and his wife Camilla, their son William, his wife Catherine, and their three children, will appear on the balcony to watch the great military parade.
Although not an active member of the monarchy, the husband of Princess Anne, only daughter of Elizabeth II, will also be present., for the “support” given to his wife during her engagements, explained Buckingham Palace.
The fragile health of the queen
A source from the royal household, quoted by the British press agency Pennsylvaniadid not rule out Harry, Meghan and Andrew taking part in other events as part of the Jubilee festivities.
A spokeswoman for Harry, 37, and Meghan, 40, said they were “delighted and honored to attend the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June with their children”.
Her son Archie turned three on Friday and her daughter Lilibet, who has yet to be introduced to the Queen in person, will turn one on June 4, during festivities in honor of her great-grandmother.
File photo of Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan with their son Archie on September 25, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa (Photo: Toby Melville)
Andrés, 62, stayed out of the spotlight until a multi-million dollar settlement was reached in the United States in February with a woman who accused him of sexual assault when he was a minor and the victim of youth trafficking organized by Epstein.
However, made a controversial appearance on March 29 on his mother’s arm on the occasion of a mass in London in honor of his late father, prince Philip, who died in April 2021.
With increasing mobility issues, the Queen appears less and less often in public and the last time she did was precisely for the tribute to her husband at Westminster Abbey.
The Queen’s state of health has been worrying since doctors ordered her to rest in October and she spent a night in hospital to undergo “tests” the nature of which has never been specified.
Since then, back pain and increasing difficulty in standing and walking have forced him to cancel several engagements. Additionally, she contracted covid-19 in February, which, in her own words, left her “very tired and exhausted.”
However, last week, he met privately at Windsor Castle with the Swiss president, whom he received with a smile and without a cane.