British Royal Family

The Queen's special invitation to Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex revealed

They may be returning to the UK sooner than expected!

By Maddison Leach
Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex have reportedly been invited to attend the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations, but they may have to sit out of certain key events.
The news comes just days after the couple made a secret visit to Her Majesty at Windsor on the way to The Netherlands for the Invictus Games.
While few details have been revealed about the visit, UK newspaper The Telegraph is now reporting that the 95-year-old has issued a formal invitation for the duke and duchess to attend the festivities in June.
Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex may return to the UK for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. (Image: Getty)
It's believed Harry and Meghan will join the wider royal family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour, however the outlet claims they would not be allowed to take part in the royal carriage procession beforehand.
This is due to their reduced royal roles, a consequence of their decision to step down as senior working royals in 2020 to pursue a more private life in the US with their two children.
It's likely Archie, two, and Lilibet, almost one, would go with their parents to the UK for the Jubilee festivities, where Lilibet would be introduced to her great-grandmother the Queen for the first time.
However, royal fans shouldn't expect to see photos of the children or any meeting between them and other members of the royal family.
Harry and Meghan guard their children's privacy closely and rarely release photos of them, having only ever shared one photo of Lilibet at the time of writing.
A spokesperson for the couple would not comment on any of their upcoming travel plans, suggesting that if the couple do intend to return to the UK for the Queen's Jubilee, they may not announce the visit until closer to the time.
Meghan only announced she would join her husband at the Invictus Games shortly before they jetted from the US to Europe for the event, setting a clear precedent.
If the Duke and Duchess of Sussex do attend the celebrations in June, it will be their first public appearance in the UK as a couple since their 2020 exit.
WATCH: Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex's cute moment at the Invictus games. Story continues after video.
Harry and Meghan were last seen in public together at the Commonwealth Day Service in March 2020, which they attended with other senior royals including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Charles and the Queen.
In the two years since, Harry has returned to the UK three times; twice in 2021, for the public funeral of Prince Philip and what would've been his late mother, Princess Diana's 60th birthday, and once in 2022 for his private visit to the Queen.
That visit marked Meghan's first time back in the UK since their exit, though she was not seen at any public events during the brief trip.
Speaking of the visit during an early appearance at the Invictus Games, Harry said it was "great to see" his grandmother face to face.
The couple are currently attending the Invictus Games. (Image: Getty)
"She had plenty of messages for Team UK, which I've already passed on to most of them," he told the BBC. "So, it was great to see her and I'm sure she would love to be here if she could."
While many royal fans are eager to see Harry and Meghan reunite with the royal family publicly, there is also speculation about how senior royals like Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge will respond to their proposed return.
There is reportedly still some tension between the Sussexes and several other senior royals, which may be the subject of new rumours if or when Harry and Meghan make their Jubilee appearance.