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The Queen has banned Harry, Meghan and Andrew from appearing on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to mark the Platinum Jubilee

THE Queen sensationally banned Harry, Meghan and Andrew from joining her on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for her platinum anniversary yesterday.

The momentous cast to mark her 70th anniversary will instead be limited to “working royals,” including Charles and William.

The Queen has banished Harry and Meg from the balcony of Buckingham Palace - our mock-up of royals attending the anniversary

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The Queen has banished Harry and Meg from the balcony of Buckingham Palace – our mock-up of royals attending the anniversary
Andrew was also banned from accompanying his mother onto the balcony for her platinum anniversary

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Andrew was also banned from accompanying his mother onto the balcony for her platinum anniversaryPhoto credit: Doug Seeburg

Insiders say the snub is in direct response to the behavior of their grandson Harry and his wife Meghan since they quit as senior royals for life in the US in 2020, including the family devastation to Oprah Winfrey.

Within minutes of the bombshell announcement, the Sussexes declared they would be attending the summer celebrations – after months of indecision.

And royal pundits fear the “downgraded” couple, who are being filmed for a Netflix documentary, could now overshadow the four-day extravaganza in June.

Biographer Tom Bower said: “You’ve been forced to take a demoted role – along with all the other VIPs – but are keen not to be left out. Unless the palace is extra careful, the Sussexes will be milking the celebrations for their own benefit.

“Hopefully the Sussexes will be held firmly in check to avoid their selfish interests dominating the celebration of the Queen’s impressive service to Britain.”

Angela Levin, who has written a book about Harry, added: “The platinum anniversary arrangements seem like a messy mix-up. The will-they-won’t-they theme for Harry and Meghan and Netflix that’s going on at the moment will ruin what the anniversary was hoping for, which was to celebrate our Queen. Big shame.”

It is understood the Sussexes were hoping to join the Queen on the balcony and the subject was reportedly discussed at Crunch Talks at Windsor Castle last month.

But Buckingham Palace said yesterday: “After careful consideration, the Queen has decided that this year’s traditional Trooping the Color balcony appearance will take place on Thursday 2 The Queen.”

That means her son Andrew, who was ousted from The Firm as part of a long-running sex abuse lawsuit, will also be dropped from the lineup along with his children.

The Queen is understood to have made the decision after close discussions with her son Prince Charles – who is known to prefer a slimmed-down monarchy if he takes the throne – and her grandson William.

A spokesperson for Harry and Meghan immediately countered that they were “excited and honored” to attend the celebrations with children Archie, who turned three yesterday, and Lilibet, 11 months, who has never met the Queen.

When asked in April if he and Meghan would be there, Harry replied: “I don’t know yet. There are many things with safety issues and everything else.”

It will be the first time the Windsors have appeared on the balcony of Buckingham Palace since the pandemic, most recently at the Queen’s Birthday Parade in 2019.

To mark their anniversary, Charles and Camilla, Prince William and Kate with children, Prince Edward and Sophie with their children, Princess Anne and husband Sir Timothy Laurence, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra will join the Queen .

Andrew’s omission comes after he took a central role during the memorial service for Prince Philip at Westminster Abbey – although he was stripped of his military titles and royal patronage earlier this year.

He accompanied the Queen to church service in March after settling a US sex abuse case with Jeffrey Epstein victim Virginia Giuffre for an unconfirmed sum.

The decision means Andrew’s daughters Beatrice and Eugenie won’t be there, and neither will Anne’s daughter Zara and her husband Mike Tindall.

It’s understood several family members – including Harry and Meghan – will be welcome to other events during the anniversary celebrations, including a service at St Paul’s Cathedral.

A palace source said: “Other family members are being invited to events. We’ve always made that clear, and it’s likely to be public events.”

After secretly flying to the UK to meet his grandmother last month, Harry sparked consternation when he opened up about it during an interview on US television.

In what has been seen as a veiled attack on Andrew’s role with the Queen at the Philips memorial, Harry said he makes sure “she’s protected and has the right people around her”.

Meghan also appeared to sneer at the Queen, who said that in 2020 the couple “would not proceed with the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service.”

She told an audience at the Invictus Games, “This is service.”

The anniversary is likely to see warring brothers Harry and William reunited for the first time since a chilly meeting at the unveiling of their mother Diana’s statue last July

The Trooping the Color parade on June 2 kicks off the four-day holiday.

The Queen is also expected to attend a church service on Friday and head to the Epsom Derby on Saturday, with decisions on other appearances likely to be confirmed that day.

The Platinum Party at the Palace, broadcast live by the BBC, features a host of musical stars on Saturday night.

More than 60,000 people will then attend the Big Jubilee Lunch nationwide on Sunday with a flagship event at The Oval.

The Platinum Jubilee Pageant will then finally evoke the Queen’s coronation in 1952, with The Gold State Coach driving on a route around Buckingham Palace.

Thursday

2TH OF JUNE: Trooping the Color Parade from 11am with a Royal Gun Salute fired during the procession.

The Royal Family will then gather on the balcony of Buckingham Palace ahead of an RAF flyby.

Trooping the Color will take place on Thursday 2 June at 11am

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Trooping the Color will take place on Thursday 2 June at 11amPhoto credit: Getty

More than 2,000 bonfires will later be lit across Britain – with the Tree of Trees lighting installation taking pride of place outside the Palace.

Friday

3RD OF JUNE: The National Thanksgiving Service will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral from 11.30am.

It will feature a new anthem written for the occasion.

There will be a national thanksgiving service at 11:30am on Friday at St. Paul's Cathedral

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There will be a national thanksgiving service at 11:30am on Friday at St. Paul’s CathedralPhoto credit: Getty

Great Paul, the country’s largest church bell, will be rung for the service beginning at 10.50am.

It is the first time the bell, cast in 1882, has been rung for a royal occasion since its restoration last year.

Saturday

4 JUNE: Members of the Royal Family will attend the Epsom Derby, with the Queen said to be particularly keen to attend her favorite racing event.

Later, at the Platinum Party at the Palace, famous faces will perform in front of 22,000 people in a night of musical tributes.

Members of the Royal Family will attend the Epsom Derby

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Members of the Royal Family will attend the Epsom DerbyCredit: PA

It will take place from 8pm to 10.30pm and will be shown live on BBC One.

Sunday

JUNE 5: The Platinum Jubilee Pageant will conclude the weekend.

The Mounted Band of the Household Cavalry will lead the Gold State Coach through central London to Buckingham Palace.

The weekend ends with the Platinum Jubilee Pageant

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The weekend ends with the Platinum Jubilee PageantCredit: Alamy

Celebrities, volunteers, performers and key staff will attend.

Street parties are held across the country – and across the Commonwealth – for the big anniversary dinner.

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