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BREAKING: Queen extends an olive branch to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

The Queen has invited Harry and Meghan to her Platinum Jubilee celebrations, but questions remain whether the couple will appear on the Palace balcony beside the Queen and other senior Royals.

The Queen has extended an olive branch to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex by inviting them to join the Royal Family in London next summer for the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

The Mail on Sunday understands that Harry and Meghan plan to attend Trooping the Colour, the Queen’s official birthday parade, which will form part of the jubilee festivities over four days next June.

But questions remain whether the couple will appear on the Palace balcony beside the Queen and other senior Royals for the traditional RAF flypast.

Previous jubilee celebrations have involved two balcony appearances, but it is understood that Royal aides may seek to limit numbers taking part to working Royals only – which would mean excluding Harry and Meghan.

A source with knowledge of the jubilee plans said: ‘The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been invited and I’m sure the Queen is very much looking forward to seeing them there.

Will Harry and Meghan be on the balcony?

‘The balcony moment will be decided much nearer the time but there’s a limit to how many family members should be on it, and I would have thought that working Royals who contribute to the family would be higher on the list than the Sussexes.’ 

Prince William, Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle & Prince Harry

Celebrations to mark the Queen’s 70 years on the throne will last all next year but the centerpiece will be during an extended bank holiday weekend from Thursday, June 2 to Sunday, June 5.

Members of the Royal Family traditionally travel in horse-drawn carriages for Trooping the Colour before appearing on the Buckingham Palace balcony for a Red Arrows flypast. In a jubilee year there is a second balcony appearance to mark the finale of the celebrations. For the Golden Jubilee in 2002, the balcony was crammed.

Numbers were noticeably reduced for the Diamond Jubilee, with the Queen flanked only by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the then single Prince Harry. Prince Philip did not attend because he was ill.Read more: daily mail