Harry and Meghan to 'keep it simple' to avoid ECLIPSING the Queen on her Jubilee

Harry, 37, and Meghan, 40, will reportedly arrive in the UK without any of their trusted senior staff, only flanked by a small security team


                            Harry and Meghan to 'keep it simple' to avoid ECLIPSING the Queen on her Jubilee
(L-R) Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, and Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace on June 26, 2018, in London, England (John Stillwell/Getty Images)
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Sources have claimed that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are planning to "keep it simple" and avoid carrying out their own engagements during their trip to England for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

According to insiders privy to their travel plans, Harry, 37, and Meghan, 40, will reportedly arrive in the UK without any senior staff, only flanked by a small security team, and leave their most trusted staff back home in California. The pair is expected to stay at their Windsor home of Frogmore Cottage along with their two children Archie and Lilibet, albeit without any senior staff.

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Sources told ITV News that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expected to attend the Service of Thanksgiving with the Queen at St Paul's Cathedral on Friday morning, June 3, as well as the BBC's Party at the Palace the next evening, June 4. However, they said Harry and Meghan will not carry out their own agenda while in Britain in order to avoid overshadowing the four-day weekend of celebrations to commemorate the Queen's 70-year reign. The Sussexes, who stepped down as senior royals more than two years ago, received an invitation for the events from the 96-year-old monarch, who is also Harry's grandmother. 

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Queen Elizabeth II at the Queen's Young Leaders Awards Ceremony at Buckingham Palace on June 26, 2018, in London, England (Photo by John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

 

While Harry and Meghan have reportedly been barred from joining the Royal Family on the Buckingham Palace balcony on Thursday, June 2, following Trooping the Colour, the couple is expected to attend St. Paul's service and Palace pop concert. According to sources, they are likely to bring along Meghan's mother Doria Ragland to stay at Frogmore Cottage, on which they are reported to have taken another year's lease. The property was where the couple spent their final weeks as working royals before making the move to North America. Frogmore, a Grade-II listed property owned by the Crown Estate, was a gift from the Queen to the newly-wedded couple. It is currently being used by Princess Eugenie and her husband who are said to be traveling abroad at the time of publication. 

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A general view of the exterior of Frogmore Cottage as people lay floral tributes to Prince Philip, Duke Of Edinburgh who died at age 99, nearby on April 10, 2021, in Windsor, United Kingdom  (Leon Neal/Getty Images)

 

Harry and Meghan have settled down in the celebrity enclave of Montecito in California, purchasing a lavish home and launching a non-profit foundation. The pair has signed multiple lucrative deals estimated to be worth well over $100 million -- including agreements with Spotify and Netflix -- that have given them the wherewithal to maintain their luxurious lifestyle and public image.

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, appear on stage during the Invictus Games The Hague 2020 Opening Ceremony at Zuiderpark on April 16, 2022, in The Hague, Netherlands (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images for Invictus Games The Hague 2020)

 

According to the Daily Mail, the Queen is looking forward to spending time with the family on Saturday, when Lilibet turns 1. It's worth noting that she has never met her granddaughter and has not seen Archie in person since he was taken by his parents to Canada and then the US. Meanwhile, speculation is rife that Harry and Meghan may try to get their toddler daughter christened while they are in the private chapel at Windsor Castle, where Archie was also christened in 2019.

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Disclaimer : This is based on sources and we have been unable to verify this information independently.