KEY POINTS

  • Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will reportedly meet Queen Elizabeth in June 
  • This will be the first time they reunite with the monarch since they stepped down as senior royals 
  • The Sussexes have been in California since March 

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are set to meet with Queen Elizabeth in England, the first time they would do so since stepping down as senior royals, a report claimed.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are gearing up to attend the Queen’s 95th birthday and the Trooping the Colour celebrations in June, The Sunday Times reported. Sources told the publication that because the affair is considered as a family and an official one, Markle and Prince Harry are expected to arrive.

The royals are also allegedly optimistic that the birthday parade would go through as usual but if not, they are ready to adhere to the COVID-19 protocols. The nonagenarian also was said to be keen on getting “back to business.”

“The current plan is for the Queen’s birthday parade to go ahead in London as normal, with the acceptance that it may need to be adapted or scaled back depending on what guidelines are in force at the time,” the source said. “But the aspiration and the ultimate desire is to make it happen.”

Last year, Queen Elizabeth celebrated the event in Windsor Castle instead of Buckingham Palace as it was where she and her husband, Prince Philip, retreated to when the pandemic broke out in March. The Welsh Guards performed the drills as the monarch watched without her family, People reported.

The soldiers stood six feet apart, a far cry from the original shoulder-to-shoulder formation. The 2020 June revelries were the first time the queen was spotted at an outdoor event.

Meanwhile, Markle and Prince Harry, together with their son Archie, had put down roots in California since March, when they officially departed from the royal family to become financially independent, and have since bought their own home in Montecito. This decision allegedly affected the Duke of Sussex’s relationship with his brother, Prince William.

However, royal writer Katie Nicholl said that the brothers have contacted each other during the holidays, which was “an opportunity in an otherwise very busy and chaotic year for both of the families to come together and connect, albeit virtually.”

Harry and Meghan, Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are photographed. AFP/Tolga AKMEN
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