Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are doing their utmost to keep a “low profile” during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, royal expert Omid Scobie has claimed.
After being spotted interacting with the royals in private during yesterday’s (June 2) Trooping the Colour ceremony, Harry and Meghan attended a thanksgiving service at St Paul’s cathedral this morning.
The event marked the couple’s first appearance together at a royal event since their controversial departure from the family in early 2020.
And, amid fears that the Sussexes plan to take the spotlight away from the monarch during the celebrations, royal expert Omid Scobie has defended the Duke and Duchess’ intentions.
Speaking on BBC Breakfast, Naga Munchetty acknowledged that there had been intense speculation surrounding whether Harry and Meghan would “overshadow” the Queen, and asked Omid for his take.
“I spoke with people close to the couple who said that it couldn’t be further from the truth, in fact, that they want to be as low profile as possible during this trip.
“It’s almost hard to believe but I think yesterday at Trooping the Colour was a great example; we didn’t really catch sight of them on TV cameras.
“For them, being here is all about honouring and really celebrating the life and legacy of the Queen, someone they’ve continued a very warm and close relationship with.”
Omid accepted that this friendly relationship hadn’t extended to some of the other Royal Family members, and remembered that the couple’s final few days as working royals had led to some “very awkward moments” between the Sussexes and Cambridges.
But, he stressed that a lot of this tension has “softened” over the last two years since Meghan and Harry had resettled in California.
“I think all eyes will be on them today just to see how they are with other members of the family, but of course everybody’s here to celebrate the faith, the reign and the lifetime of service of the Queen,” he continued.
Harry and Meghan brought their daughter Lilibet with them to the UK for the first time on the weekend of their first birthday, and reports emerged that the Queen met her great-granddaughter for the first time yesterday in private.
And, Omid warned that the public should not expect any extravagant celebrations to mark the infant’s first birthday tomorrow (June 4).
“I think people are expecting some sort of big birthday extravagant event that we’re going to see photographs from. From what I’m told, we shouldn’t expect anything,” he suggested.
“Those moments with Lilibet are very much between them and the Queen.”
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