Archie and Lilibet Set To Miss Great-Grandchildren Jubilee Tribute to Queen

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's children, Archie, 3, and Lilibet, 11 months, are set to miss a special great-grandchildren's tribute to Queen Elizabeth II to mark her Platinum Jubilee this month, according to reports.

The news follows the announcement on Friday that the Sussexes would be traveling to London to attend central events planned to celebrate the jubilee in early June, though have not been invited to appear on Buckingham Palace's balcony following a special Trooping of the Colour ceremony as they are no longer working royals.

This month, to commemorate the monarch's historic reign, a special family tribute is scheduled to be paid by 10 of her 12 great-grandchildren in the Platinum Jubilee Pageant: A Gallop Through History at the Royal Windsor Horse Show.

The queen is expected to attend the closing day of the pageant on Sunday during which her great-grandchildren will be driven in a special carriage through an arena in Windsor Great Park.

According to The Times, the 10 great-grandchildren taking part in the festivities will include Prince William and Kate Middleton's three children; Prince George, 8, Princess Charlotte, 7 and Prince Louis, 4. As well as the children of Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips (the children of Princess Anne) and those of the Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie (daughters of Prince Andrew).

The report states that Archie and Lilibet—the latter of whom has not yet been introduced to her great-grandmother—"will not attend." Harry and Meghan's daughter was named in honor of the Queen, whose family nickname is "Lilibet", a childhood abbreviation of Elizabeth.

The queen has had a lifelong passion for horses and each year attends the Royal Windsor Horse Show, which is staged, by special permission, in the grounds of the castle. The special Platinum Jubilee pageant will feature over 500 horses and a thousand performers from around the Commonwealth marking moments in royal and equine history from the reign of Elizabeth I through to the present day.

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A special birthday portrait was released by the Royal Windsor Horse Show to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II's 96th birthday, April 21, 2022. HENRY DALLAL PHOTOGRAPHY/PA

It has been reported that Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor, the daughter of Prince Edward, will also participate in the pageant, driving the ponies and carriage that were left to her by her grandfather Prince Philip. The pair are known to have shared a bond over carriage driving, a sport of which the prince was an early pioneer.

The Times also reports that the queen's disgraced son, Prince Andrew, is expected to be at the event following his attendance at his mother's side at the service of thanksgiving for the life of his father, Philip—his first public appearance at an event since settling a sexual assault lawsuit brought against him in the U.S earlier this year.

The revelation that Harry and Meghan's children will not take part in the pageant follows a series of announcements made on Friday about the official central events marking the jubilee in early June.

Harry said in an interview with Today show host Hoda Kotb last month during the Invictus Games that he didn't know whether he and his family would travel to the U.K for the Jubilee and to introduce his daughter—who was born last year in the U.S.—to the queen over security concerns: "I don't know yet," he said. "There's lots of things with security issues and everything else. This is what I'm trying to do, trying to make it possible that I can get my kids to meet her."

The prince has been in an ongoing legal dispute with the U.K. Home Office over security since 2021 following a reassessment of the protection offered to him when in the country after stepping down as a full-time working member of the royal family and moving to the U.S in 2020.

Despite this legal battle, Harry and Meghan were able to make a private visit to Windsor Castle to see the queen before her 96th birthday in April on their way to the Invictus Games in the Netherlands.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's children are reported to be the only two of the monarch's 12 great-grandchildren not to take part in a touching family jubilee tribute at the Royal Windsor Horse Show this month. The queen (L) photographed at the Trooping of the Colour, June 8, 2019. And Harry and Meghan (R) photographed with son Archie, May 8, 2018. Chris Jackson/Getty Images/Dominic Lipinski/WPA Pool/Getty Images

Following an announcement made by Buckingham Palace on Friday that only royals "who are currently undertaking official public duties on behalf of the queen" have been invited to make a balcony appearance with the monarch following the Trooping of the Colour ceremony on June 2, speculation that Harry and Meghan had been snubbed over the jubilee began to circulate.

This was quashed by a spokesperson for the couple who, soon after the announcement, confirmed to Newsweek that the couple would be attending some of the celebrations:

"Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are excited and honoured to attend The Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations this June with their children," the spokesperson told Newsweek.

The visit will mark the first time that Lilibet will travel to the U.K and meet her British family members including the queen and her grandfather, Prince Charles.

The exact events that the Sussex family will attend has not been announced, though could include a special pop concert held outside Buckingham Palace and service of thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral.

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