Kate and William to miss Meghan and Harry’s Queen reunion

As Prince Harry and Meghan Markle return to the UK for the Queen’s anniversary, William and Kate have made an important decision.

It’s not often that William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, receive frank public appraisals of their careers, but thankfully, that’s what Welsh retirees are for.

During the 2020 pandemic, the couple called out bingo numbers for residents of a nursing home in Cardiff via Zoom.

When they met in person three months later and met the same residents, they were introduced to the then 87-year-old Joan Drew-Smith, who wasted no time in telling the future king and queen what she thought of their bingo turn.

“You did a hell of a job,” she told William.

Joan also made headlines during this engagement when she pointed to Kate and asked, “Is this your assistant?”

William and Kate, fortunately, found it all amusing and, as he later said, “If only everyone were as honest as she was.”

If only true.

And “if only” when it comes to their return to Cardiff this weekend: it happens to be the very day that Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will meet the Queen and finally introduce her to their daughter and her namesake Lilibet. . (Of course, their three-year-old son Archie will also be there.)

The Sussexes landed in the UK early Thursday morning, their first significant return to Harry’s homeland since their departure from the royal ranks in winter 2020. They traveled through – what else? — a private jet that landed at Farnborough Airport, where they were met by one of Her Majesty’s Range Rover vehicles and three of her security officers for a half-hour trip to their home, Frogmore Cottage. (On the warm welcome: “The queen thought it was the right thing to do,” the insider said. sun.)

They are back, of course, because Thursday (London time) is the first of four days of celebrations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, marking her historic 70 years on the throne. Take that Queen Victoria! The eternally harsh monarchy lived only 63 years, many of which she spent gloomily in Scotland, ignoring duty.

The anniversary will kick off with Trooping the Colour, the monarch’s official birthday party, followed by a thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday, a concert at Buckingham Palace on Saturday night and a massive folk pageant on Sunday with over 5,000 participants and a surplus of puppets.

Just a few weeks ago, Harry and Meghan finally announced they would be attending the festivities, only to come out with a report claiming they were filming something called a “home” documentary series for Netflix. (What is a shovel called in Montecito? A hand-held earth-digging device?)

While Harry and Meghan, now private individuals, won’t be appearing in any official capacity, we’ll still see them in royal modesty. To participate in the parade, they will reportedly be taken in disgrace to the Horse Guards parade with other members of the royal family, and not in the royal carriage, as was the case in 2019. There, they and various outside Windsors would watch a military spectacle. from the nearby office of the major general.

Then on Friday, the Duke and Duchess will be part of a vast sea of ​​titled relatives who will join Her Majesty at St. Paul’s Cathedral, including outcast Prince Andrew, for a thanksgiving service.

With an unidentified group of young royals likely to be in the audience at Saturday’s conference, there’s a chance we’ll see Harry and Meghan as well. Same Sunday pageant hoo haa.

But of course, this trip is about much more than giving Meghan a couple of opportunities to prove she can wear a fancy hat that costs about the same as a used car. Oh no. This is important in a purely personal sense.

Harry’s relatives haven’t seen his son Archie since 2019, and baby Lily has never set foot on British soil.

Of course, not only has their family grown over the years, but Harry and Meghan have rioted in the most spectacular way, breaking royal ranks to educate a global audience of 50 million about how institutionally racist and violent the palace is.

Not only was the Palace in the spotlight for the Sussexes during this interview, but so was Kate when Meghan told the world that her sister-in-law made her cry ahead of their 2018 wedding. (There have previously been reports of Meghan driving Kate to tears, which the Duchess of Cambridge has never publicly discussed.)

It didn’t help this tense situation that the duo reportedly “said, not asked” Her Majesty that they wanted to use her nickname for life for their daughter.

Or, to put it another way, it is the Duke and Duchess of Sussex who are responsible for fomenting one of the biggest crises in modern royal history, and it is the Duke and Duchess of Sussex who have now emerged (at least in part) for some fluff and some quality family time.

Thus we come to the very curious question of the timing of the reunion of the great family, which, according to sunsigned up for Saturday.

Instead of attending an anniversary event that day (the Epsom Derby), the 96-year-old Queen will enjoy a reunion with her adored grandson and his family.

Curiously, the day set for Harry’s emotional return to the royal fold just so happens to have all the remaining working members of the royal family waving the flag of the monarchy across the country. (Princess Anne will travel to Scotland on Friday, followed by the Cambridges on Saturday for Wales, while Edward and Sophie, Earl and Countess of Wessex, will travel to Northern Ireland.)

Was it just a matter of busy diaries, or something more calculated that explains why this multi-year transatlantic family reunion was scheduled just when the Cambridge universities are far away from Windsor?

To be honest, Saturday is Lily’s first birthday, and the little one is planning a little party at Frogmore Cottage.

But do we really believe that the only window that the courtiers could find in Her Majesty’s schedule for this touching family gathering happened exactly when William and Kate would be more than 200 km from home?

How likely is it, given the apparently sour relationship between the Cambridges and the Sussexes, that they may be planning some other meeting besides the meeting scheduled for Saturday?

A few days ago mirror reported that William and Harry regularly exchanged FaceTime calls to “re-establish contact” but that “Meghan and Kate, who are 40 years old, have so far refrained from screen contact.”

Again, this hardly suggests that some fun afternoon tea with dodger jam is on the cards for two couples.

Which leaves us with the possibility that Harry, Meghan, Archie and Lily could spend most of the week in the UK and not actually catch up with William and Kate and their kids, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis at all.

It would be an outrageous shame for the five little ones, given how close William and Harry are to their cousins ​​and how much that relationship seems to have flourished into adulthood. (They have, as Mike Tindall once said, a WhatsApp group and all.)

As the anniversary kicks off, an event that features horses, kids, a simulated corgi, thousands of performers, the military, and Netflix’s highest-ranking employees, there’s only one thing left to say: pob lwc, which is “good” of course. good luck” in Welsh. The queen, the horses and the children will need it.

Daniela Elser is a royal expert and writer with over 15 years of experience working with a range of leading Australian media outlets.

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