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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle excluded from Jubliee balcony appearance

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are not among the royals invited to stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the ceremony for Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee next month.

Plans for the celebration were announced on Friday, and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were not asked to stand alongside the monarch for the traditional flypast following the June 2 parade of the ceremony of colors.

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The queen’s beleaguered son, Prince Andrewwas also dropped from the guest list, reports the BBC.

The three didn’t make the cut because only members of the royal family working in the performance of official family duties will be included, a royal spokesperson confirmed to CNN.

Harry and Meghan ceased to be active members of the family in 2020 when they announced they would no longer attend royal duties and moved their family to the United States.

Prince Andrew was stripped of his title ‘His Royal Highness’ and royal office and patronage in January following a civil lawsuit related to his relationship with the late disgraced US financier Jeffrey Epstein

However, a spokesperson for Harry and Meghan has confirmed to the BBC that Harry and Meghan will travel to the UK for take part in the festivitiestaking with them their two children, Archie and Lilibet.

The couple would have beenexcited and honored to attend the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

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According to CNN, those who have been invited to stand on the balcony include the Queen’s three other children, Charles, Edward and Anne, as well as Prince William and Kate Middleton and their children, as well as a number of other royal relatives.

The Queen, who turned 96 last month, has had mobility issues in recent months and has pulled out of a number of royal events.

More recently, she has missed the annual Easter Sunday service and has increasingly delegated her public appearances to other senior royals, including her son Prince Charles.

She also announced that she will not be attending her traditional summer garden parties at Holyroodhouse in Scotland this year, although the parties will continue without her.

The palace confirmed to multiple media outlets on Friday that Her Royal Highness plans to attend the Jubilee celebrations, although it is not yet confirmed which events she will attend.

The events, marking his 70-year reign, will take place over a four-day holiday from June 2-5.

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