Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have confirmed they are going to be attending Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations together with their two youngsters subsequent month.
The scheduled June go to to the UK, which comes after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made a secret go to to the Queen final month earlier than touring to The Hague, Netherlands for the Invictus Video games, will mark the primary time the 96-year-old monarch has met the couple’s daughter, Lilibet Diana, 11 months.
Nonetheless, the go to additionally raises the query of the place the couple will keep throughout their time within the UK.
In response to The Solarthe duke and duchess, their daughter, and their son, Archie Harrison, three, will keep of their outdated house, Frogmore Cottage, throughout their time within the UK, because the outlet reported that “heightened safety measures” are already being put in place forward of the Sussexes arrival.
The couple lived within the Windsor house earlier than they stepped again from their roles within the royal household and relocated to the US in April 2020. Nonetheless, on the time, it was reported that the duke and duchess, who undertook a $3m renovation of the cottage, would proceed to maintain the residence in order that they’d nonetheless have a house within the UK.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have shared their want to repay Sovereign Grant expenditure for the refurbishment of Frogmore Cottage, which can stay their UK household house,” Buckingham Palace confirmed in 2020.
In February 2022, it was additionally reported that the couple, who presently dwell in California with their youngsters, had renewed their lease of Frogmore Cottage.
In response to The Telegraphwhich famous that the lease was set to run out on 31 March, the duke renewed the lease on the house in order that he may proceed serving as one of many Queen’s 4 counselors of state.
On the official Royal Household web site, it states that the advisors of state can be appointed by Letters Patent to behave in Her Majesty’s place within the occasion that the Queen “can’t undertake her official duties as Sovereign on a short lived foundation because of sickness or absence overseas “
The present counselors of state are Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Prince Andrew, the Duke of York.
Nonetheless, as a way to proceed being a counsellor, Prince Harry needed to be “domiciled” within the UK.
As Prince Harry and Meghan have solely returned to the UK collectively as soon as since they stepped down from royal duties, Frogmore Cottage has since change into the residence of the duke’s cousin, Princess Eugenie, and her husband, Jack Brooksbank. The couple dwell in Frogmore Cottage with their one-year-old son August.
In response to The Solarit’s anticipated that Princess Eugenie and Jack will host the Duke and Duchess of Sussex within the visitor rooms of Frogmore Cottage throughout their go to to the UK subsequent month.
The duke additionally stayed within the residence when he returned house to attend his grandfather Prince Philip’s funeral in April of final yr.
Whereas Prince Harry, Meghan, and their youngsters will attend the weekend of celebrations, they won’t be showing on the Buckingham Palace balcony throughout Trooping the Color, because the Queen has restricted the balcony look throughout her official birthday celebration to working members of the royal household solely.
The choice signifies that Prince Andrew, who stepped down from public duties in 2019, may also not be current on the balcony throughout the Thursday 2 June celebration.
Though the Sussexes is not going to be current on the balcony throughout the monarch’s birthday parade, they’re more likely to make appearances throughout different celebrations over the weekend commemorating the Queen’s 70 years on the throne.
“Different members of the family can be invited to occasions. We have at all times made that clear and they’re more likely to be public occasions,” a palace supply mentioned.
The affirmation that the Sussexes can be returning for the Platinum Jubilee celebrations comes amid Prince Harry’s case in opposition to the Residence Workplace over police safety within the UK.
Harry introduced a declare in opposition to the Residence Workplace earlier this yr to problem the February 2020 resolution of the Govt Committee for the Safety of Royalty and Public Figures (Ravec), which informed him he would not be given the “similar diploma” of non-public protecting safety when visiting from the US.
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee can be celebrated with a four-day public vacation beginning 2 June and ending 5 June.