The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee festivities will “haunt” Prince Harry for the rest of his life, a royal commentator has claimed.
Prince Harry recently returned to California with his wife Meghan Markle after celebrating the Queen reaching 70 years on the throne. It was the couple's first public outing in the UK since their controversial exit in early 2020.
But, amid fears that attention on the Sussexes might overshadow the occasion, the couple decided to limit their appearances and only attended a thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral.
Now, speaking to True Royalty TV, royal commentator Duncan Larcombe has suggested that the prince will regret not taking the opportunity to feature alongside his Royal Family members more prominently.
“That Jubilee, those four days, will haunt him for the rest of his life because they were relegated to sitting behind the Duke of Gloucester,” he claimed.
“They didn’t take part in any way, shape, or form at the Trooping of the Colour, and fair play to them.
“You can take your pick where they were excluded from things this weekend, whether they excluded themselves or not, they flew home on a private jet before the damn thing had even finished.”
The Sun’s former royal editor accepted the argument that the Sussexes’ low profile might have been adopted in order to ensure focus remained on the Queen, but suggested that Harry would not see his exclusion in those terms.
He continued: “He will be fuming about the way his family were treated, if it was the royals and William who said, ‘you are not coming to the royal box’, when the likes of Mike Tindall and other minor royals were there that weren’t working royals in the box [at the Palace party].”
And, amid speculation over whether Harry and William had met in private during the weekend to resolve their alleged conflict, Duncan suggested that the lack of a public photo of the pair chatting meant “the war is still on” between the brothers.
Vanity Fair’s royal editor Katie Nicholls argued that the Sussexes had not attended Sunday’s pageant display because they knew they wouldn’t be in the spotlight.
“They knew that they wouldn’t be in that front row as they weren’t at the service of thanksgiving, as they weren’t visible at Trooping the Colour,” she suggested.
“Why did they leave the Royal Family? They left because they weren’t in the front row, they left because they didn’t have centre stage seats. I believe that’s why they weren’t there.”
Daily Star has contacted representatives of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for comment.
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