Prince Harry slammed for 'picking and choosing' royal events
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle may have stepped down as senior members of the royal family and shared their true thoughts of the institution in a number of bombshell interviews, but they would still like to return for family events.
The Duke of Sussex reportedly wants to be included in next year's four-day celebration for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee following the release of the plans by Buckingham Palace.
However, a royal expert is calling the couple "arrogant" for wanting to "pick and choose" the royal events they will or won't attend.
"I think it is arrogant of Meghan and Harry to opt out of things they don’t want to do," Phil Dampier, author of Royally Suited: Harry and Meghan In Their Own Words, told Fabulous, according to The Sun.
"[For example] normal royal duties and representing the Queen throughout the Commonwealth, but they are quite happy to come back and pick and choose.
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"If you are not supporting the Monarchy, why celebrate 70 years on the throne? Obviously he wanted to come back for Prince Philip’s funeral which is fair enough as it’s his beloved grandfather, but coming back to celebrate the Jubilee, it does smack a bit of hypocrisy."
The pair was recently officially stripped of their royal patronages and military titles.
If the pair return for certain family occasions, this could leave organisers with a headache of figuring out what to do with them during the party.
The Queen would not exclude Harry and Meghan
Phil added that he doesn't believe the Queen would exclude them from the celebrations and that they could even score a place on Buckingham Palace's balcony, as is tradition for family members.
"The Queen is always somebody who will try and be considatory and she’s made it clear in a few statements that Harry and Meghan are still much-loved members of the family, despite the fact that I'm sure that deep down she is very disappointed they have left the royal family.
"They wouldn’t stop them being on the balcony because at the end of the day they are members of the family.
"I don’t think the Queen would ostracise them, she’s still hoping that any rift can be healed."
The Palace revealed that Brits will enjoy a four-day long weekend to celebrate the Queen's 70th year on the throne next June.
"Harry wants to be there. It is already causing a headache and is going to be very awkward," an insider claims.
"Where will they be positioned if they turn up? What events can they attend? Will we put them on the Buckingham Palace balcony for the flypast? This is a celebration for the Queen’s 70 years of service to the nation and should not be overshadowed.
"There are now so many questions about what to do with Harry and Meghan."
Will Harry return for Diana statue unveiling?
Prince Harry was due to return to the UK next month for the unveiling of a statue in Princess Diana's honour on what would have been her 60th birthday.
However, Meghan is due to give birth in the next couple of weeks so it's unsure whether Harry will actually attend.
The Mirror’s royal editor Russell Myers said on ITV, "The thing I'm being told is they still really want to be there, both of them. Certainly, William and Kate will be there.
"But whether Harry can fly over there because the baby is imminently due this summer… it will certainly be in the next couple of weeks."
It was hoped the event would help repair Harry's relationship with Prince William, which has been especially frosty since the Duke of Sussex's bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.
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