Harry and Meghan ‘humiliatingly forced to accept second-tier status’ – expert

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle look to "humiliatingly" be "forced to accept second-tier status" after being snubbed from the Buckingham Palace balcony, according to a royal expert.

In less than a month, the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations will be in full swing with a four day national knees-up across the country, which gets kicked off with the traditional Trooping the Colour ceremony.

Traditionally this ceremony is followed by the whole Royal family appearing on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, giving the public a glimpse of the whole cohort together.

While it’s usually a big group on the balcony it seems the family will appear a lot smaller this year. Early on Saturday morning, news broke that Her Majesty reviewed the guest list and slashed it down considerably, snubbing several royals from their usual invite.

The most noticeably banished is Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Prince Andrew.

The unexpected announcement stated that only the Windsors “currently undertaking official public duties” would be allowed onto the balcony this year, meaning less invites were handed out.

Among the banished are also Andrew’s daughters Beatrice, Eugenie and they families. Princess Anne’s don Peter Phillips and daughter Zara Tindall. The Queen’s niece and Nephew, the Earl of Snowdon, Lady Sarah Chatto, the Kents, Gloucesters and other Windsors have also not been extended an invite.

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Royal expert Daniela Elser wrote on her column on News.com.au that the couple have been forced to take a second-tier status at the event.

She wrote: "What is truly gobsmacking here isn’t that Harry and Meghan will be whisking their three-year-old son Archie and nearly one-year-old daughter Lilbet back to Blighty but that they are doing so after somewhat humiliatingly being forced to accept second-tier status.

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In the wake of the Palace’s balcony decree, it would have not been a surprise if the Sussexes had spun some line about security fears or Harry’s polo schedule or Archie having his first mummy-and-me Reiki session meaning that they could not make it back – but gosh darn did they send Her Majesty their best!"

Despite the lack of invite, it is known that Harry and Meghan will make the return for the celebrations, with a spokeswoman for the couple declaring that they “are excited and honoured to attend the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations” just 17 minutes after the Palace’s invite announcement.

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After months refusing to confirm whether they would return to the UK, Harry and Meghan have confirmed they will be returning with their children.

The Telegraph reported that the Duke and Duchess’ team has been told by the palace about the balcony situation prior to it being made public and their last minute response is “understood to be a last minute decision.” And their news of participation was also reportedly a surprise to the palace.

Even though Harry and Meghan have been snubbed and demoted to Royal understudies, this will be their first public appearance in London since their farewell tour in March 2020.

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