Kate and William snub Harry and Meghan reunion

As Prince Harry and Meghan Markle return to the UK for the Queen’s Jubilee, William and Kate have made a telling decision.

It’s not often that William and Kate, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, get a candid public assessment of their professional performance – but thankfully, that’s what Welsh pensioners are for.

During the pandemic in 2020, the couple called bingo numbers for residents of a care home in Cardiff via Zoom.

When they showed up in person three months later and met the same residents, they were introduced to Joan Drew-Smith, then 87, who wasted no time in telling the future king and queen what she thought of their bingo round.

“You did a hell of a job,” she told William.

Joan also made headlines during this engagement when she pointed out kate and asked, “Is this your assistant?”

William and Kate happily thought it was all hilarious and as he later said, “If only everyone were as honest as her.”

If only, indeed.

And ‘if only’ when it comes to their return to Cardiff this weekend: it happens to be the exact same day as Harry and Meghanthe Duke and Duchess of Sussex will meet the Queen and finally introduce her to their daughter and her namesake Lilibet. (Their son Archie, three, will also be there of course.)

Jhe sussex landed in the UK early Thursday morning, their first meaningful return to Harry’s homeland since their winter exit from the royal ranks in 2020. They traveled via – what else? – private jet, landing at Farnborough Airport where they were met by one of Her Majesty’s own Range Rovers and three of her protection officers for the half-hour journey home, Frogmore Cottage. (From the warm welcome, ‘The Queen believed it was the right thing to do,’ an insider says the sun.)

They are of course back as Thursday (London time) is the first of four days of celebrations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, marking his historic 70 years on the throne. Take this Queen Victoria! The eternally austere monarch has accumulated just 63 years, many of which she spent bitterly in Scotland, ignoring a bit of duty.

The Jubilee will kick off with Trooping the Colour, the Sovereign’s official birthday party, followed by a thanksgiving service at St Paul’s on Friday, a concert at Buckingham Palace on Saturday evening and a huge grassroots pageant on Sunday involving over 5,000 participants and an overabundance of puppets.

It was only a few weeks ago that Harry and Meghan finally announced they would be attending the festivities, only for a report to come out which claimed they were filming working on something called an ‘at-home’ docu-series for Netflix. (What do you call a shovel in Montecito? A hand-operated earth-digging device?)

Whereas Harry and Megane, having become private citizens, will no longer appear in an official capacity, we will always see them again in royal modesty. For Trooping, they would be ignominiously taken by bus to Horse Guards Parade with other extended members of the royal family, rather than making the journey in the royal motorcade by horse-drawn carriage as they did in 2019. There, they and various foreign foreigners will watch the military show from the neighboring major general’s office.

Then on Friday, the Duke and Duchess will be part of the vast sea of ​​titled relatives who will join His Majesty in St Paul’s including pariah Prince Andrew for a service of thanksgiving.

With an unspecified group of young royals likely to be in the audience for Saturday’s conference, there’s a chance we could see Harry and Meghan too. Ditto the Sunday Pageant hoo-haa.

But of course, this trip goes far beyond giving Meghan a few chances to prove she can rock a fabulous hat that costs about as much as a used car. Oh no. It’s a biggie in a strictly personal sense too.

Relatives of Harry have not seen his son Archie since 2019 and little Lili has never set foot on British soil.

Of course, in the years that followed, not only did their family grow, but Harry and Meghan mutinied in the most spectacular fashion, breaking royal ranks to tell a global audience of 50 million how point the palace is institutionally racist and cruel.

It wasn’t just the palace that was in the Sussexes’ crosshairs during this interview, but also Kate, with Megane telling the world that her sister-in-law made her cry before their 2018 wedding. (There had previously been reports that Meghan made Kate cry, a subject the Duchess of Cambridge has never publicly discussed.)

Not helping this charged situation, the duo reportedly “told, not asked” Her Majesty that they wanted to co-opt her lifelong nickname for their daughter.

Or to put it another way, it is the Duke and Duchess of Sussex who are responsible for triggering one of the biggest crises in modern royal history and it is the Duke and Duchess of Sussex who have now come forward ( in part at least) for crumpets and quality family time.

We thus come to the very curious question of the time of the great family reunion which is, according to the sunset for Saturday.

Rather than attending that day’s Jubilee event (the Derby at Epsom), the 96-year-old Queen will instead enjoy a reunion with her beloved grandson and his family.

Curious then that the day set aside for Harry’s emotional return to the royal fold happens to be the same day that the remaining working members of the Royal Family will all be out to wave the flag of the monarchy across the country. (Princess Anne will travel to Scotland on Friday, then on Saturday the Cambridges will travel to Wales, and Edward and Sophie, Earl and Countess of Wessex will depart for Northern Ireland.)

Was it simply a matter of busy schedules clashing, or something more calculated that explains why this years-long transatlantic family reunion was planned just when Cambridges is far from Windsor?

To be fair, Saturday will be Lili’s first birthday, with plans for the toddler to enjoy a little party at Frogmore Cottage.

But do we seriously believe that the only window courtiers could find in Her Majesty’s timetable for this touching family reunion is exactly when William and Kate will be over 200 miles away?

How likely is it, given the decidedly vinegary relationship between the Cambridges and the Sussexes, that they are considering another reunion apart from Saturday’s scheduled meeting?

A few days ago the mirror reported that William and Harry shared regular FaceTime calls to ‘bouncing back’ but that ‘Meghan and Kate, both 40, have so far refrained from on-screen contact’.

Again, that would hardly suggest that some sort of cheerful afternoon tea filled with jammy dodgers is on the cards for both couples.

Which leaves us with the possibility that Harry, Meghan, Archie and Lili will spend the better part of a week in the UK and not catch up at all with William and Kate and their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. .

It would be a shame for the five little ones given how close William and Harry are to their various cousins ​​and how well those relationships seem to have blossomed into adulthood. (They have, Mike Tindall once revealed, a WhatsApp group and all.)

With the start of Jubilee, an event involving horses, children, faux corgis, thousands of entertainers, military personnel, and Netflix’s hottest recruits, the only thing left to say here is, pob lwc, which is of course ‘good luck’ in Welsh. The Queen, the horses and the children are all going to need it.

Daniela Elser is a royal pundit and writer with over 15 years of experience working with a number of top media titles in Australia.

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