Meghan Markle return to UK ‘would overshadow’ Queen’s big day source claims

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle shocked the nation last year when they decided to step down as senior members of the Royal Family. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex agreed to have a 12-month review with the Palace which was expected to take place in March.

Earlier this month it was reported that Meghan and Harry had been invited by the Queen to join her for Trooping the Colour in June to mark Her Majesty’s official birthday.

The Queen will be celebrating her 95th birthday this year.

Prince Philip will also be passing a huge milestone as he turns 100 in June.

But a source told the Daily Mail that Meghan’s appearance in the UK would “overshadow” the Queen’s special day.

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They claimed the Duchess is “unlikely” to join her husband.

The insider told the paper: “Harry wants to come back for The Queen and Prince Philip’s big birthdays. But it looks likely it will be just him.

“If Meghan comes back, the feeling is that it would overshadow the occasion.

“People would only be looking at the ‘drama’ of it all.

“Of course she would be welcome, but a decision not to come would postpone that headache for a while at least.”

Trooping the Colour is usually held in public in London and could be the first time fans see Prince Harry reunite with the Royal Family.

Meghan and Harry’s last public appearance with the Royal Family took place in March last year at the Commonwealth Service in Westminster Abbey.

Royal commentator, Daniela Elser, warned that when the Sussexes’ return to Buckingham Palace’s balcony they will be the “centre of attention”.

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She wrote on “Most glaringly, when Harry and Meghan take their place on the balcony, they will be the centre of attention, with thousands of lenses and cameras trained on the couple as they appear feet, if not inches, away from the Cambridges, Prince Charles and the Queen for the first time in over 12 months (at that point).

“Their every gesture, glance, and word will be scrutinised by the press and social media to an agonising degree, and they will be the total focus of the breathless press attention.”

Ms Elser added how the Sussexes’ return to the UK will be a “painful” reminder to the Royal Family.

She said: “Seeing Harry and Meghan, newly arrived with a Californian glow in the midst of the Windsors, will only serve as a reminder of the seismic events of Megxit that shook the palace in 2020, that is, a reminder of just how painful and turbulent a chapter the Royal Family has just endured and not entirely left behind.”

However, sources have suggested that when Prince Harry returns to the UK he is unlikely to be joined by his wife and their son Archie.

The insiders insisted that Meghan’s decision not to join her husband is not a “snub”.

They claimed the choice is for “personal and practical” reasons.

A source told the Daily Mail: “It should be strongly stressed that there is still an element of uncertainty about this because of the unpredictable Covid situation, but the understanding is the Duke is more than likely to come back on his own.

“This is a personal and practical decision by the couple, but it would certainly help officials navigate what is likely to be a fairly tricky situation.”

Another insider added: “Her Majesty made very clear when they left the UK that Harry and Meghan were still much loved members of her own family and would be very welcome to attend family events. That still holds true.

“Practically, however, it comes with the need for a certain amount of diplomacy.”

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