According to The Sunthe Duke and Duchess of Sussex reportedly requested to be part of the Queen’s Thanksgiving Service, which is set to take place on June 3, instead.
According to the publication, Meghan and Harry were not barred from joining but rather asked to be left out by themselves.
The pair’s biographer and ‘Finding Freedom’ author, Omid Scobie, claims Harry talked “with his grandmother about the possibility of not attending Trooping the Color” ahead of the controversial announcement made last week.
Another royal expert has weighed in on Harry and Meghan’s attendance, labeling their return as “entirely due to branding”.
Hugo Vickers, royal author and broadcaster, spoke to True Royalty TV’s The Royal Beat and said: “I think it’s entirely to do with branding because the further away that he [Harry] gets from the Royal Family, he turns into a guy in blue jeans, with a ginger beard, coming off a plane with a backpack on.
“Which isn’t very marketable in my point of view,” he added.
Earlier this month, the former royal couple were spotted making a secret trip to Windsor to meet with the Queen and Prince Charles.
Meghan and Harry flew into the UK from their home in California for a face-to-face visit with the monarch at Windsor Castle and also stopped in to see the Prince of Wales.
A spokesperson for the couple confirmed the duo visited Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth before they embarked on a trip to the Netherlands on April 16 for the 2022 Invictus Games.
The impromptu visit was the first time Meghan had been to the UK since the pair stepped down as senior members of the royal family.
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