Queen's 'olive branch' for Harry and Meghan two years after shock exit

The Queen is set to extend an 'olive branch' to her grandson, Prince Harry, and his wife, Meghan Markle as part of her upcoming Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

The 95-year-old monarch is expected to award both Harry, 37, and Meghan, 40, with commemorative Platinum Jubilee medals in 2022, according to Daily Express' royal correspondent Richard Palmer.

Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on the balcony of Buckingham Palace as the Royal family attend events to mark the Centenary of the RAF on July 10, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
The Queen with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle mark the Centenary of the RAF on July 10, 2018 in London. Photo: Getty Images.

The pair will be honoured for their work on behalf of Her Majesty, despite stepping back from official royal duties in early 2020 and relocating to the US.

Since then, the Sussexes have established their own private charity, Archewell and inked multi-million dollar deals with media giants Netflix and Spotify. They recently embarked on a three-day tour of New York City, their first since quitting their roles with the royal family.

This will mark Harry's third medal after he received medals at the Queen's Golden and Diamond Jubilees in 2002 and 2012 respectively.

Palmer claims the Duke and Duchess of Sussex appear on the Platinum Jubilee award list along with Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie as well as their father, Prince Andrew, who is currently involved in a civil lawsuit in New York.


Prince Harry and Meghan Markle speak on stage at Global Citizen Live: New York on September 25, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/WireImage)
Harry and Meghan spoke at the Global Citizen Live event on day three of their NYC tour. Photo: Getty Images.

"A wide number of members of the Royal Family will receive the Platinum Jubilee medal in line with the previous two jubliees," a Buckingham Palace spokesperson told the publication.

The Platinum Jubilee marks the Queen's 70th year on the British throne and will be celebrated on a special, extended long weekend from Thursday, June 2 — the Trooping the Colour parade — to Sunday, June 5, 2022.

According to the palace, Her Majesty and other members of the royal family will 'travel around the country to undertake a variety of engagements' in the leadup to the historic occasion.

While Prince Harry and Meghan have not officially been named as part of the travelling Platinum Jubilee tour, it's suspected they will participate due to their inclusion on the list of medal recipients.

The duke returned to the UK for the first time since moving to California for his grandfather Prince Philip's funeral in April, however, the duchess has yet to cross the pond.

Whether the couple will fly over for the royals' traditional Christmas celebrations with their two children — Archie, 2, and three-month-old Lilibet — is also up in the air.

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