Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are set for a frosty showdown with Prince William and Kate Middleton when the “Fab Four” reunite for the jubilee celebrations.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex – banned from joining working royals on the Buckingham Palace balcony – are likely to join the family at St Paul’s Cathedral for a thanksgiving service to mark the Queen ’s 70-year reign.
Harry and his wife will be there alongside the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who they have not been pictured with since March 2020.
Back then, the couples appeared “awkward” and barely spoke to each other at the Commonwealth Day Service, which was Harry and Meghan’s last appearance as working royals.
Since then the relationship between Harry and his brother is thought to have hit rock bottom, made worse by the Sussexes’ interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The Queen will soon meet baby Lilibet, named in her honour, for the first time
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
A source would only reiterate past remarks about Harry and Meghan, saying: “They are much-loved members of the family and they would be invited to family events.”
The Queen has decided only “working royals” will join her on the balcony at Buckingham Palace for the Trooping the Colour on June 2, removing Harry, 37, and Meghan, 40, from the iconic images that will be seen for generations to come.
The decision also thrust Harry’s relationship with his father Prince Charles, 73, and brother Prince William, 39, into the spotlight.
It comes amid reports that palace “minders” would stop any attempts by Harry and Meghan’s Netflix crew to film inside royal events celebrating the jubilee.
The Queen has been on the throne for 70 years – since 1952
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A team has been tasked to stop any moves by filmmakers to “exploit” the streaming giant’s £112million deal with the couple at the four-day celebrations.
Meanwhile, Harry is said to have upset Netflix chiefs by giving interviews to rival television networks.
It was claimed there was “a real sense of annoyance” when he last month revealed details of his meeting with the Queen at Windsor Castle during an interview with NBC.
According to a source, that frustration was heightened because a Netflix film crew was shadowing Harry at the time for Heart Of Invictus, a documentary about the games for wounded service personnel and veterans.
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As well as attending the St Paul’s service on June 3, Harry and Meghan could also appear at the Platinum Party at the Palace concert on June 4 and the Platinum Pageant the following day.
During the interview with Oprah Winfrey in March last year, Harry said he felt let down by his family and that he was barely speaking to his brother, describing their relationship as “space”.
He claimed his father Charles stopped taking his calls after he and Meghan relocated to the US, where they now live with son Archie, three, and their 11-month-old daughter Lilibet.
Harry also said he and William were now “on different paths”.