Prince Harry and Meghan Markle confirm they will attend the Queen’s Jubilee in the UK — and they’re bringing kids Archie and Lili
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will attend the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June, along with their children, Archie and Lili, a spokesperson for the family confirmed to Insider on Friday.
“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,” the spokesperson said in a statement shared with Insider.
The Jubilee will be the first time the couple’s 11-month-old daughter Lili will meet Queen Elizabeth. Lili, whose full name is Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, is named after the Queen. Queen Elizabeth’s familial nickname is Lilibet.
Though their attendance in June is confirmed, a palace spokesperson told Insider that Prince Harry and Markle will not join the Queen on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for the Trooping the Colour parade, one of the most high-profile events during the celebrations.
A palace spokesperson said in a statement shared on Friday that only royals who undertake duties on behalf of the Queen will appear on the balcony this year.
It marks a change in tradition, as in previous years non-working royals including Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie have been invited to appear.
Markle and Harry have attended two Trooping the Colour parades together in the past; their first appearance together was shortly after they married in 2018, and their second appearance was in 2019.
The announcement comes after Prince Harry told NBC News in April that his attendance would depend on security issues.
“I don’t know yet. There’s lots of things with security issues and everything else,” Harry said. “This is what I’m trying to do, trying to make it possible that I can get my kids to meet her.”