Why Andrew, Harry and Meghan Won't Join Queen On Jubilee Balcony

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and Prince Andrew are to be excluded from making an official appearance on the Buckingham Palace balcony for Queen Elizabeth II's special Platinum Jubilee Trooping of the Colour event because they are no longer working royals, Buckingham Palace confirmed today.

In regards to the special event the palace outlined:

"After careful consideration, The Queen has decided this year's traditional Trooping the Colour balcony appearance on Thursday 2nd June will be limited to Her Majesty and those Members of the Royal Family who are currently undertaking official public duties on behalf of The Queen."

Harry and Meghan stepped down as full-time working royals in 2020 with Prince Andrew retreating from public life amidst a legal case earlier this year.

This announcement followed increasing speculation as to whether Harry would make the journey to the U.K. for the jubilee after it was revealed he was due to take part in polo matches in the U.S. around the same time.

Growing concern has also been voiced as to whether the queen's disgraced son Andrew—who settled a sexual assault lawsuit brought against him in the U.S. by an alleged victim of notorious pedophile Jeffrey Epstein earlier this year—would be allowed to stand on the balcony even though he had stepped down from an official royal role.

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Buckingham Palace has confirmed today that Prince Andrew, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have not been invited to join the royals on the queen's jubilee balcony. The queen (L) in Liverpool, June 26, 2016. And Prince Andrew and Harry on the Buckingham Palace balcony, June 8, 2019. Chris Jackson/Getty Images/Karwai Tang/WireImage

The queen surprised many when she decided to allow Andrew to accompany her to the service of thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey for the life of the late Prince Philip. This led many to speculate as to whether the prince would attempt a public comeback in order to be present at his mother's side for the jubilee balcony appearance.

The announcement from Buckingham Palace outlines that the working members of the royal family and their children who have been "invited to join" the queen on the balcony after the ceremony are: Prince Charles and wife Camilla, Prince William, Kate Middleton and their children, Prince Edward, his wife Sophie and their children, Princess Anne and her husband Tim Laurence.

The queen's working cousins, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra have also been included in the invitation.

Prince Harry's omission from the list may, in part, be due to his ongoing legal dispute with the U.K. Home Office over the security arrangements in place to protect himself and his family when visiting from America.

The prince told Today show host Hoda Kotb that he was unsure if he would be attending any of the special jubilee events planned for his 96-year-old grandmother this summer as there were "security issues."

Harry's security allocation was reevaluated when he stepped down as a full-time working member of the royal family and moved abroad. This he says has left him and his family vulnerable. He cited an incident in summer 2021 where he was followed in a car by photographers following a charity event in his legal paperwork.

A statement released by Harry's legal team at the time the legal proceedings were brought read: "The U.K. will always be Prince Harry's home and a country he wants his wife and children to be safe in. With the lack of police protection, comes too great a personal risk."

The queen's Platinum Jubilee will mark the first time that the U.K. has celebrated a monarch ruling for 70 years and is being billed as a "once in a lifetime" event. A special central weekend of celebrations is scheduled to take place in early June with a concert, pageant and service of thanksgiving at St. Paul's Cathedral planned as well as the Trooping of the Colour ceremony with balcony appearance.

The queen has not made a balcony appearance since 2019's Trooping of the Colour celebrations which also mark the monarch's official birthday.

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