Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, did not attend the Platinum Jubilee Pageant but reportedly flew out of the UK an hour before it started.
The royal couple recently flew to the UK from their home in the US to attend the four-day anniversary celebrations, but were absent from the star-studded pageant in London.
The news was confirmed ahead of the spectacular event when a list of expected royals in attendance was released and their names were missing.
However, other prominent members of the royal family were also on hand to enjoy the festivities, including the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Harry and Meghan, who were largely absent from the marching band, spent a lot of time at Frogmore Cottage during their stay, hosting a “relaxed” party for Lilibet’s first birthday at the Windsor residence.
They did not attend the Platinum Party and stayed next door to the Queen in Windsor to reportedly watch the concert with Her Majesty.
Harry and Meghan then drove, according to… the sunto Farnborough Airport at 1:30 PM, an hour before the Pageant started at 2:30 PM and are now on their way back to California.
This was hours before the Queen – who, according to sources, was “determined” to bravely overcome her painful mobility issues – returned to Buckingham Palace to personally thank the thousands of benefactors in the crowd who appeared to express their own gratitude.
The Sussexes were not allowed on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for the Trooping the Color on the first day of the festivities, instead watching with other royals from the Major General’s office overlooking the Horse Guards Parade.
They were greeted with cheers and some cheers as they joined the royal family at a thanksgiving service for the Queen at St Paul’s Cathedral in London.
It was their first public appearance together in Britain since they resigned from their royal duties.
Although she had to miss much of the anniversary festivities due to her health, the Queen appeared from the balcony of Buckingham Palace for the final parade, where she smiled and waved to the crowd.
The 96-year-old monarch was joined on the balcony by Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their three children – Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, seven and Prince Louis, four.
The Queen – who appeared in front of the crowd only relatively briefly – was unable to appear at events on Friday and Saturday after experiencing mobility issues in recent months.
Meanwhile, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were also absent from the Platinum Party at the Palace on Saturday.
More than 30 members of the royal family attended the star-studded concert to celebrate the Queen’s platinum anniversary, but the Duke and Duchess spent the day celebrating daughter Lilibet’s first birthday ‘privately’ in Windsor .
The Duke and Duchess – who also have Archie, three, together – made their first public appearance in the UK in two years on Friday, as they attended a thanksgiving service for the Queen’s reign at St Paul’s Cathedral.
— Bang Showbiz with Daily Mail
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