Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and their two children touched down in the UK on Wednesday ahead of Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in honor of her 70th year on the throne.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex landed at a London airport in the afternoon with their little ones and a small team of staff, Page Six has learned.
We are told the family and their crew took a commercial flight instead of their usual private jet from Los Angeles to London.
Page Six reported in May that Markle and Harry would return to London with Archie, 3, and Lilibet, 11 months, to see the Queen.
Queen Elizabeth II is expected to meet Lilibet for the first time on the baby girl’s first birthday on June 4.
A spokesperson for the couple told Page Six: “Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, are delighted and honored to attend the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June with their children.”
However, due to their status as non-royals, the pair will be take a step back for big events during the four-day Jubilee celebration, which begins on June 2.
The couple and their children will not join the Queen, Prince Charles, Prince William and Kate Middleton, and other working royals for the official public appearance and photocall on the balcony at Buckingham Palace.
“After careful consideration, The Queen has decided that this year’s traditional Balcony Trooping the Color appearance on Thursday 2 June will be limited to Her Majesty and members of the Royal Family who are currently carrying out official public duties on behalf of the queen,” read a statement from the palace.
As such, scandalized Prince Andrew, dismissed from public office following a sexual assault lawsuit and settlementwill also not appear on the balcony for the big day.
But the Sussexes’ visit to the UK could mean Harry’s brother Prince William, along with Middleton and their three children – Prince George, 8, Princess Charlotte, 7 and Prince Louis, 4 – could finally meet baby Lilibet. However, It has been reported that William and his family will be at another event hundreds of miles away as the Queen meets Lilibet.
Harry and Markle have only returned to the UK a few times due to security issues, and each time without their children. The couple believe the UK government is not providing them with enough security after they step down from their royal duties.
Harry and Markle visited the queen as well as her father, Prince Charles, for the first time since moving to the United States in March 2020 last month. They gathered at Windsor Castle as they traveled to the Invictus Games in the Netherlands in April.
Prince Harry had returned home without Markle in April 2021 to attend the funeral of his grandfather Prince Philip and also visited by himself in July 2021 for help unveil a statue of his late mother, Princess Diana, at Kensington Palace in London.
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