The platinum jubilee of Elizabeth II is an opportunity for Prince Harry and his wife Meghan to make a big public return in the UK, but also to renew strained relations with the royal family, according to a royal expert.
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The monarch’s 70-year reign will see Harry and Meghan make their first appearances alongside the senior royals since moving to California in 2020 and they will be closely watched.
“I think their decision to leave made them feel as though they had turned their backs not only on the country, but on the Queen, on the institution, and I don’t think they would be able to get away with that.” Destined during a conference at the Foreign Press Association in London, Omid Scobie, author of Finding Freedom, a book that chronicles this devastating departure.
“As we see in the British press, they are totally hated and so I think anything they do would be kind of amplified in a very negative way,” he added.
The UK celebrates the Platinum Jubilee from 2-5 June with parades, religious services and many popular gatherings.
The participation of the Queen, who has limited her public engagements due to mobility issues in recent months, remains unconfirmed. The 96-year-old traveled to her Scottish residence in Balmoral on Thursday to rest before the festivities.
According to Omid Scobie, Harry will be mainly present at most family events, a way of renewing the broken relationships with his father Charles and brother William. “Harry was in touch with his father, there were first steps (…) they did everything they could to lay the foundations, but it will be difficult.”
There is always very little communication, he said with William.
After Harry and Meghan were forbidden to appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, which is reserved for active members of the royal family for the military parade on June 2, they could make a “surprise appearance” there with other members of the royal family on June 5, the day of the big festive parade in London.
The royal historian expects they will also attend Thanksgiving Mass, which will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral in London on June 3.
They will introduce their daughter Lillipet for the first time to her grandmother Elizabeth II, who inspired this first name and celebrate her first birthday during the jubilee, on June 4.
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