Last week, the Duke of Sussex played in a polo match with his close friend Nacho Figueras, while Meghan Markle watched on. The game was played at Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club for the annual Harry East Memorial Tournament in Montecito, where the Sussexes reside.
On Wednesday, it was announced that the Duke of Sussex will continue to play polo alongside his Los Padres teammates until mid-June.
Harry will join Nacho Figueras, Juan Guerrero and Keko Magrini to play the entire 12 goal polo season in Santa Barbara.
The move has sparked controversy though as the Cheval Athletics USPA Intra-Circuit starts the same weekend as the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee events.
Royal blogger Gert’s Royals points out the timing appears to show that Harry won’t be returning to the UK to join his family on Buckingham Palace’s balcony.
In a tweet, she wrote: “The Cheval Athletics USPA Intra-Circuit starts the same weekend as the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Events, so I guess the Sussexes have made up their mind about attending that.”
Trooping the Color, also known as the Queen’s birthday parade, sees over 1,400 parading soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians coming together.
The event sees the parade begin at the Palace before moving down The Mall towards Horse Guard’s Parade, where they will be joined by members of the Royal Family on horseback and in carriages.
The event will conclude with a traditional RAF fly-past, watched by the Queen and members of the Royal Family from the Buckingham Palace balcony.
The event occurs on June 2, just one day prior to Harry’s last polo leg commencing in Montecito.
In response to the news, royal fans speculated that the Duke’s calendar would be “booked and busy” so slotting in a trip to the UK may pose tricky.
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The Folded Hills Pope Challenge tournament takes place from May 6 to May 15.
While the Lisle Nixon Cup runs from May 20 to May 29.
However, Omid Scobie – who co-authored Harry and Meghan’s biography ‘Finding Freedom’ – pointed out that these are simply dates of the tournaments not the specific dates of the team’s matches.
The Duke of Sussex spoke about a potential return to British soil for Jubilee celebrations in a recent TV interview but warned that “security issues” could get in the way.
This is because Harry is currently involved in a row with the Home Office about security provisions for him and his family while in the UK.
The Duke has said he wants to pay for police protection himself, rather than asking British taxpayers to foot the bill, but he has said he cannot do so without the go-ahead from the Government.
Without proper police protection, a legal representative for Harry said it would be too risky for the Sussexes to make the trip from California to visit the UK.
During a candid chat with Today co-host Hoda Kotb, Harry said he was “trying to make it possible” to return to the UK with his children, Archie and Lilibet, so they can get to know his home country and spend time with the monarch, who recently celebrated her 96th birthday.
Since moving to the US, Harry and Meghan have returned to the UK together only once when they visited the Queen.
Harry has visited Britain on two other occasions, but the couple’s children have never accompanied their parents on their visits.