Queen Elizabeth's Radical Decision Regarding Prince Harry & Meghan Markle
Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Meghan, as well as Prince Andrew, will not be allowed to attend ceremonies from the balcony of Buckingham Palace, as would have been expected, during the grand ceremony marking the start of festivities.
Four days of festivities, eagerly awaited by Britons, are planned between 2 and 5 June for the Platinum Jubilee marking the 70th anniversary of the reign of 96-year-old Queen Elizabeth II.
They will begin with ''Trooping the Colour'', the parade that officially marks the sovereign's birthday each year.
The Queen's Radical Decision Regarding Harry & Meghan Markle
A Buckingham Palace spokesman announced on Friday that, "after careful consideration", the Queen has this year's traditional Trooping the Colour balcony appearance on Thursday 2 June will be limited to Her Majesty and those members of the Royal Family who are currently undertaking official public duties on behalf of the Queen.
Only members of the royal family whose status has not been affected will wave to the crowds, a total of 18 members.
Queen Elizabeth II will be joined by Crown Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, as well as his son William with his wife Kate and their children George, Charlotte, and Louis.
Also in the foreground will be Anne and her husband Sir Timothy Laurence, Edward and Sophie, and their children Lady Louise Windsor and James Viscount Severn.
Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Reacted Immediately
Buckingham Palace's announcement ends speculation that Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle, with whom he lives in California after their decision to retire from the British monarchy in 2020, and the Queen's son Prince Andrew, who has been deprived of any official role because of his links to the Epstein affair, will be in the balcony.
The reaction from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex came just 17-18 minutes after it was revealed that the Queen is banning Harry and Meghan from the Buckingham Palace balcony, hinting that they will be present in London.
"Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are excited and honored to attend the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations this June with their children," a statement from the couple said.
As for Prince Andrew, he was stripped of his royal sponsorships and military titles after he was accused of child sexual abuse by Virginia Giuffre, who alleges that as a minor she was sex trafficked to him by financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.