Queen Elizabeth news – Prince Harry & Meghan Markle are 'being forced to accept a downgrade' as they attend Jubilee

PRINCE Harry and Meghan Markle are 'being forced to accept a downgrade' as they head to the UK for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, a Royal expert claims.

Australian journalist Daniela Elser has said that a "more cynical mind" might consider the Sussexes are returning to the UK to "make nice just as the biggest royal PR event in a decade rolls around".

A spokeswoman for the Prince Harry and Meghan declared the couple are "excited and honoured" to attend the celebrations despite the news they will not be seen on the Buckingham Palace balcony alongside Her Majesty.

Ms Elser said that Harry and Meghan's willingness "to sign on as supporting guest stars" is "nothing short of astounding".

She continued: "This is Harry and Meghan being forced to accept a downgrade while the world watches on."

Read our Royal Family live blog below for the latest updates…

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    In pictures: Prince William meets Liverpool’s team ahead of the FA Cup final

    Prince William took the crowds booing in his stride as he shook the hands of players ahead of the match.

    He gleefully received Liverpool’s team ahead of their match against Chelsea on Sunday 15 May.

    The match was held at Wembley Stadium, but Prince William was booed by the red half of the crowd.

    Liverpool reigned the winner of this year’s FA Cup scoring an extra penalty over Chelsea during the nail-biting match.

    Credit: Getty
  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    The Queen has been ‘the constant heartbeat of the nation’

    The Queen appeared enthralled, showing gleeful smiles as her own horses were led around the open-air arena in Windsor to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee last night.

    TV presenter Alan Titchmarsh said: “For 70 years there has been one constant heartbeat of this nation, and that heart belongs to Her Majesty The Queen.

    “As commander and chief of the Armed Forces, head of the Commonwealth, leader of the nation we are proud to live in. We sometimes forget that our head of state is actually a person, feels as we do, enjoys the things we do, and is very much a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother as well as being our monarch.”

    The ceremony paid tribute to the late Duke of Edinburgh and his “love of carriage driving” as his grand-daughter Lady Louise Windsor drove his exercise carriage around the arena.

    Titchmarsh added: “One of Her Majesty’s personal pleasures is horses and ponies in all their guises.

    “One thing the Queen takes great happiness from is her family’s involvement in her love, whether it be racing, eventing, showing rare breeds or just riding out in Windsor great park.”

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Why was Prince William booed at the FA cup?

    Fans also made fun of the National Anthem, clearly unimpressed with his appearance.

    Prince William is the president of the Football Association, but was jeered at when he started his speech.

    Merseyside’s reds have been known to boo the national anthem since the 1980s.

    Flags are sometimes flown reading “scouse not English” at Anfield.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    More than 70 aircraft to take part in six-minute Platinum Jubilee flypast

    A six-minute flypast of more than 70 aircraft will complete the Queen’s birthday parade as part of Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

    Dozens of aircraft from the Royal Navy, the Army and Royal Air Force will soar over Buckingham Palace on Thursday June 2, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said.

    The Queen is expected to watch the flypast from the palace balcony with other members of the royal family.

    The monarch has limited the Trooping The Colour balcony appearance to working members of her family, with the Duke of York and Duke and Duchess of Sussex missing out.

    Although they will not be on the balcony, Harry, Meghan and their children will attend the celebrations, but it is not known which elements of the four-day Jubilee weekend they could make an appearance at.

    Joining the Queen on the balcony for Trooping The Colour will be the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, the Princess Royal, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent, Princess Alexandra, and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence.

    Also set to appear for the historic occasion will be Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis and the Wessexes’ children Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Prince William and Kate congratulate the Women’s FA Cup winners

    Prince William and Kate Middleton have congratulated Chelsea’s women’s team after they defeated Manchester City in the FA Cup final.

    The Cambridge’s said: “Fantastic team performance! Commiserations to Manchester City Women on a day that didn’t go there way but no doubt will see them back next year.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Harry and Meghan ‘concerned’ about Archie & Lilibet

    Prince Harry and Meghan have revealed they are “concerned” about Archie and Lilibet being “digital experiments” in a “world of hatred and harm”.

    It came as the Duke of Sussex today helped to launch an “online safety toolkit” for children.

    Harry spoke at the online event titled Making Child Online Safety a Reality with young people around the world – and shared his fears in regard to his kids.

    The Duke told those tuned in that he hopes 18-month-old Lilbet and Archie, three, will “never have to experience the internet as it exists now”.

    The dad-of-two explained: “As parents, my wife and I are concerned about the next generation growing up in a world where they are treated as digital experiments for companies to make money and where things like hatred and harm are somehow normalised.”

    It is not known whether Harry received a fee for his appearance, but experts have previously said they could be earning upwards of a million pounds per speech after they signed up with an elite agency.

  • Louis Allwood

    Royal fans praise Prince William

    Prince William has been praised as a 'fantastic representative' for the Queen.

    The Duke of Cambridge is visiting the United Arab Emirates to deliver condolences on behalf of the Queen and the royal family on the death of the country's ruler Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

    Royal fans have taken to social media to praise William for being a 'true gentleman'. 

    One said: "#PrinceWilliam leadership vibes.".

    A second said: "The Duke of Cambridge represents perfectly HMQ. Loyal, respectful, trustworthy and aware of his duties."

  • Louis Allwood

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s luxury California mansion DOUBLES in value

    Prince Harry and Meghan have earned a staggering £12 million in the past two years – by doing nothing more than staying at home.

    Their luxury Montecito mansion, which they bought for £11.93 million ($14.6 million) in June 2020, has more than doubled in value in only 23 months.

    The 18,671 sq ft home in oceanside Montecito, which boasts nine bedrooms and 19 bathrooms, is now valued at £23,960,720 ($29,350,320) million by property website Redfin – meaning Meghan and Harry would make £12 million if they sold today.

    Rival website Zillow puts the value of Harry and Meghan’s home at £21.6 million ($26,485,500), but claim it could fetch as much as £30 million ($36.81m)

    Sitting on 7.4 acres with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, their home in the exclusive celebrity enclave boasts a private cinema, gym, spa and wine cellar.

    It has a pub games room, swimming pool and separate guesthouse where Meghan’s mother Doria stays when she visits from her home in Los Angeles, 90 miles to the south of Montecito.

    "Property prices have soared in the past 18 months, and show no sign of stopping," a local luxury estate agent told The Sun.

    "Harry and Meghan only had to sit back and watch their home’s value sky-rocket."

  • Louis Allwood

    Meghan’s announcement outshone by Kate and William

    Meghan and Harry confirm another new venture in the US.

    The couple hope to work to increase financial support for new and expectant mothers in the US.

    Meghan‘s statement read “Families everywhere, and especially working moms, are asked to shoulder so much.

    “Today, we’re sending a message that childcare isn’t just a community imperative — it’s a business imperative. Creating a stronger workforce starts with meeting the needs of families.”

    But the William and Kate also shared a statement today raising awareness for mental health. In their joint statement, they said: “We can all feel lonely sometimes… we can feel it for many different reasons.

    “If you think someone you know might be feeling lonely, just give them a ring, send them a text or knock on the door.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Meghan and Harry ‘would never shine’ in UK

    A royal commentator has claimed that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry would “never shine” as full-time working members of the Royal Family.

    This would be down to the Firm’s structure.

    Royal author Ian Lloyd, the author of the biography ‘The Queen: 70 Chapters in the Life of Elizabeth II’, told Express.co.uk: “The problem with being the second is that you grow up with your sibling and you are equal – Diana treated Harry and William as equals, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth treated Elizabeth and Margaret like equals when they were children.

    “But then what happens is that when the older one becomes sovereign or the heir it feels the second sibling more or less disappears.”

    Speaking about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s possible future position within the Firm, Lloyd added: “There is no obvious role and I think Meghan thought she could come in and make a role and sort of take on the Royal Family but the Palace and the organisation won’t do that.

    “They only ever support the heir and spare, so Meghan and Harry would never shine in this country.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Queen fights back tears as she watches granddaughter’s touching tribute

    The Queen appeared to fight back tears as she watched her granddaughter's touching tribute to Prince Philip at the Platinum Jubilee.

    The monarch was treated to a spectacular night of performances on Sunday to mark her historic Platinum Jubilee.

    While the 96-year-old smiled and enjoyed much of the show, she had a noticeable sombre moment when her 18-year-old granddaughter Lady Louise drove Philip’s carriage around the arena.

    Lady Louise, who is the daughter of Prince Edward and Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, took part in the grand finale of the Royal Windsor Horse Show.

    The Queen's eyes glistened with tears as she watched the procession, which had become a favourite pastime of her late husband, who died last year at the age of 99.

    Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, represented Britain at several world and European carriage driving championships during his lifetime after he stopped playing polo.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    She won't smile for much, but the Queen will smile for horses

    The first of the jubilee celebrations went off with a bang yesterday.

    The state opening took place on Thursday which the Queen missed on the advice of doctors due to mobility problems, but the Equestrian Extravaganza at Windsor Castle was too much for Her Majesty to miss as well.

    Her mare, Balmoral Leia, was crowned champion at the event.

    Later in the weekend, the Queen was again seen in public at the first of the events to mark her 70 years as monarch.

    The star studded event included celebrities such as Alan Titchmarsh, Tom Cruise and Helen Mirren.

    Though the Queen wasn't all teeth, she appeared in good health.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Sussexes ‘huge assets’ to the royal family

    MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry are ‘huge assets’ to the royal family, and when Prince Charles becomes King he ‘will need’ them back, claims a royal author.

    On this week’s episode of “Royally Obsessed,” Tina Brown, author of the new book The Palace Papers said: “My guess is Charles is really going to want them back—sort of need them back, actually—because Harry and Meghan were huge assets to the whole royal repertoire, quite frankly.

    “They had a young appeal that was very, very potent in the country.”

    Backing Ms Brown’s claims, Kinsey Schofield, royal expert and founder of ToDiForDaily.com, told the Express that Charles has a “very soft heart” and is “anxious to start the healing process” with Harry.

    “I think he’s desperately in love with Prince Harry—he loves Prince Harry,” she says.

    “He doesn’t like his actions, but Prince Harry is his DNA, and he does hurt when they’re not talking, he does hurt when things aren’t on the right path, and I think he’s anxious to start the healing process. I think that Prince Charles is very forgiving.”

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Prince Charles? Is he Prince Harry's brother?

    The younger generations seem to neither know nor care about the Royal family.

    The Royal Family are gearing up to sort out what will happen when the Queen is no longer the head.

    But as Harry and Meghan change the image of the Royal Family, the question of whether we need it keeps coming up.

    Megan Agnew shared the views from 12 and 13-year-olds in the The Times: "all the Royals do is get born", said 12-year-old Johnny.

    When asked if she knows who Prince Charles is, his sister Zusanna responded: "Is he Prince Harry's brother?", to which Johnny responded "I don’t know who, but he crashed his car and apparently got a new one delivered the next day." It was Prince Philip.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Prince William booed by FA CUp fans left the prince in tears

    A surprising moment during the FA Cup Final saw the Prince booed as he took to the pitch.

    Prince William, who is the president of The FA (football association), took to the pitch to greet and shake hands with the players but was met with jeering and boos.

    The final took place at Wembley between Chelsea and Liverpool football clubs.

    It's not clear why people took to booing, but it continued throughout the national anthem and the Christian hymn, Abide With Me.

    The Duke of Cambridge was later seen wiping his face, seemingly brought to tears by the incident.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    NEW Jubilee plans revealed with flypast

    DOZENS of aircraft’s from will soar over Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the Ministry of Defence has announced.

    On the 2 June, The Queen‘s birthday will be celebrated with a six-minute flypast from more than 70 aircraft’s.

    Dozens of aircraft from the Royal Navy, the Army and Royal Air Force will soar over the Palace in London.

    The Queen is expected to watch the flypast from the palace balcony with other members of the royal family.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    The first of many platinum jubilee meme-worthy moments courtesy of the Queen

    The Queen is the centre of many memes, but as the jubilee celebrations kicked off last night we may be in for many more.

    Alan Titchmarsh was one of the celebrities to lead the first Jubilee event yesterday.

    He offered a tribute to the Queen, but it wasn't received in the way he likely expected.

    The TV gardener spoke fondly of the 96-year-old saying: "There’s been one constant heartbeat of this nation and that heart belongs to Her Majesty, the Queen."

    Her Majesty however, simply shrugged leading many to take to social media.

  • Lauren Lomas

    In pictures: The Platinum Jubilee Celebration this weekend and the incredible scenes

    The ceremony took place on Saturday, with a star studded attendance and 1,300 members of the public.

    More than 1,300 people attended the incredible event which was held in Windsor, Berkshire.

    The Princess Royal was in attendance, as performers from the Commonwealth put on a stellar show.

  • Lauren Lomas

    Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex look after the Royal Box at Windsor's horse show

    The Queen was unable to attend on the third day of the show.

    Sophie Wessex and Prince Edward were joined by their daughter Lady Louise, and Prince Edward presented the awards for the Best Turned out Trooper.

  • Lauren Lomas

    In pictures: Prince William meets Liverpool's team ahead of the FA Cup final

    Prince William took the crowds booing in his stride as he shook the hands of players ahead of the match.

    He gleefully received Liverpool's team ahead of their match against Chelsea on Sunday 15 May.

    The match was held at Wembley Stadium, but Prince William was booed by the red half of the crowd.

    Liverpool reigned the winner of this year's FA Cup scoring an extra penalty over Chelsea during the nail-biting match.

    Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge greets the Liverpool team prior to The FA Cup Final match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium on May 14, 2022 in LondonCredit: Getty
  • The Sun

    The Queen was given a well deserved standing ovation

    Her Majesty the Queen was cheered as she as she took a gentle stroll to her seat for the Platinum celebration.

    The first of the Platinum celebrations kicked off as The Queen was applauded by a crowd of more than 5,000 people.

    Hollywood celebrities performed for her at the Royal Horse Show in Windsor.

    Queen Elizabeth flashed the crowd a smile as she made her way to the Royal Box for the ceremony.

  • The Sun

    Harry and Meghan plan to stay at Frogmore Cottage in June

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their family will be joining the Royal's for the Platinum Jubilee celebration.

    The couple renewed the lease on the Windsor property in Windsor in February. They will be bringing children Archie and Lilibet to the UK for the first time since they moved to the US in 2020.

    Frogmore Cottage is currently housing Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank and their baby son.

    Heightened security measures have been put in place to ensure the family's safety.

  • The Sun

    Why was Prince William booed at the FA cup?

    Fans also made fun of the National Anthem, clearly unimpressed with his appearance.

    Prince William is the president of the Football Association, but was jeered at when he started his speech.

    Merseyside's reds have been known to boo the national anthem since the 1980s.

    Flags are sometimes flown reading “scouse not English” at Anfield.

  • The Sun

    Prince Harry and Meghan revealed they don't want to stand on the Royal Balcony

    The Queen has said only senior Royals are allowed to stand on the Royal Balcony for the Trooping of the Colour.

    According the The Mirror, an insider source said that Prince Harry and Meghan originally did not want to stand on the Royal Balcony with the rest of the family.

    Allegedly they weren't axed from the guestlist, the requested not to be involved with the ceremony.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Royal Archives show how Victoria commemorated special milestone

    When Queen Victoria celebrated her Diamond Jubilee she was ‘touched and overcome’ with emotion on her special day.

    Queen Victoria wrote in her diary: “I was much touched & overcome, specially when all my children & grandchildren, came up to me & I kissed them just as I did 10 years ago at Westminster Abbey.”

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