PRINCE Harry and Meghan Markle are expected to keep a low profile during their trip to the UK next week – reportedly avoiding any “surprise” appearances that could overshadow the Queen’s anniversary.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are bringing their children Archie, three, and Lilibet, almost a year, to the UK for the celebrations next week and are likely to stay at their Windsor home, Frogmore Cottage.
They are expected to attend a number of official engagements with the royal family, including the thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday 3 June.
But according to the Telegraph, the Sussexes will limit their public outings and privately spend time with family but will not make unannounced visits.
They are said to have only been in contact with the palace to discuss logistical arrangements for the anniversary, while royal aides-de-camp were kept at a distance about their broader plans.
As for whether the couple will only make official commitments, a source told the Telegraph: “We’ll see.”
It comes as Her Majesty, 96, is looking forward to meeting her great-granddaughter Lilibet for the first time.
The monarch is expected to “welcome Harry and Meghan with open arms” and is expected to spend time with them next Saturday when Lilibet celebrates her first birthday, according to insiders.
The Queen wants her four-day anniversary celebrations to be “an occasion for the country, including her own family, to come together,” a source told the Daily Mail.
She also reportedly “don’t want anything to overshadow it — and that includes family issues.”
A spokesman for the Sussexes said: “The Duke and Duchess are
Excited and honored to be a part of the anniversary celebrations.”
This follows news that the Queen has taken a “mini break” to Scotland to relax and ensure she is fully fit and ready for her four-day Platinum Jubilee Beano.
The 96-year-old lives in her Craigowan Lodge in the Highlands on her estate in Balmoral.
It comes after The Sun revealed a wheelchair lift and steel safety ring had been installed around the lodge – so she could spend more time in Scotland.
The Queen has had a hectic few weeks opening the Elizabeth Line, seeing the Royal Windsor Horse Show and driving a golf cart through the Chelsea Flower Show.
She will be relaxing at the lodge, described as her “favorite home,” before the Platinum Jubilee begins next Thursday.
The monarch often travels to Balmoral at this time of year and usually stays for about a week.
Their break on this occasion is understood as a means to prepare for the anniversary weekend.
A source close to the Queen said she would like to have further short breaks at Balmoral and Sandringham where possible.
One said: “Last year it dawned on her that she could take these mini breaks and she’s really enjoying them.”
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