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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle "excited and honoured" to attend Queen's Platinum Jubilee

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After weeks of speculation surrounding whether Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and their two children – Archie Harrison and Lilibet Diana – would attend the Queen's history-making Platinum Jubilee this year, it has today been confirmed that the whole Sussex family will join the rest of the Royal Family in the UK to mark the occasion.

Sharing the news, a spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex said: "Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, are excited and honoured to attend The Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations this June with their children."

However, the news was dampened slightly by an announcement from Buckingham Palace which explained the couple would not be invited to appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony for the Trooping of the Colour.

Photo credit: Neil Mockford - Getty Images
Photo credit: Neil Mockford - Getty Images

Typically, the whole family gathers together on the Buckingham Palace balcony to mark special events, however the Queen has decided that for her Platinum Jubilee celebrations, only working members of the Royal Family will be involved. The decision means that as well as the Sussex family not appearing on the balcony, Prince Andrew will also not be in attendance. Earlier this year, the Queen stripped Andrew of his military titles and royal patronages after he was accused of sexual assault by Virginia Giuffre – although he denies any wrongdoing.

"After careful consideration, the Queen has decided this year’s traditional trooping the colour balcony appearance on Thursday 2 June will be limited to Her Majesty and those members of the royal family who are currently undertaking official public duties on behalf of the Queen," a spokesperson for Buckingham Palace said. However, members of the family who aren't currently carrying out royal duties will still be invited to take part in other Jubilee events, which the spokesperson said has "always" been made "clear".

Photo credit: Karwai Tanq - Getty Images
Photo credit: Karwai Tanq - Getty Images

The Sussexes' visit to the UK for the Platinum Jubilee will be the first time in over two years that they have been here as a family of four. Last month, Harry and Meghan returned for a secret visit with the Queen, although Archie and Lilibet stayed at home in California. Archie, who turned three years old today, has not visited the UK since the family moved to the US, and Lilibet – who is named after the Queen – has never met Her Majesty, given that this will be her first visit over the pond since she was born last year.

TBH, we are so excited to see the whole family back together!

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