Prince Harry and Meghan Markle reportedly asked to be left out of balcony appearance during Platinum Jubilee celebrations

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle would have expressed to the queen that they did not want to appear on the balcony of the palace during the Platinum Jubilee Celebrationssays a royal source.

According to The sunthe Duke and Duchess of Sussex have reportedly asked to be part of the Queen’s Thanksgiving service, which is due to take place on June 3 instead.

Last week, the former royals announced they would be attending the Queen’s Jubilee festivities, along with their children Archie and Lilibet.

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Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Peter Phillips, Autumn Phillips, Isla Phillips and Savannah Phillips on the palace balcony of Buckingham during The Color Parade on June 9, 2018 in London, England.
The Duke and Duchess reportedly asked to be excluded from the balcony appearance. (Getty)

However, the Queen ruled Prince Harry and Meghan, with Prince Andrewwill not appear among other members of the royal family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace this year during the parade of color.

According to the publication, Meghan and Harry were not barred from joining, but instead asked to be excluded themselves.

The couple’s biographer and ‘Finding Freedom’ author Omid Scobie says Harry spoke ‘with his grandmother about not attending Trooping the Colour’ before the controversial announcement was made last week.

Another royal expert weighed in on Harry and Meghan’s attendance, calling their return ‘all about branding’.

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Isla Phillips stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping The Color 2018
According to the publication, Meghan and Harry were not barred from joining, but instead asked to be excluded themselves. (Getty)

Hugo Vickers, royal author and broadcaster, spoke to Real Televisions of Royalty The Royal Rhythm and said, “I think it’s all about branding, because the further away it is [Harry] gets from the royal family, he turns into a guy in blue jeans, with a red beard, stepping out of a plane with a backpack.

“Which is not very marketable from my point of view,” he added.

Earlier this month, the former royal couple were spotted doing a secret trip to windsor meet the Queen and Prince Charles.

Meghan and Harry flew to the UK from their home in California for a face-to-face visit with the monarch at Windsor Castle and also stopped to see the Prince of Wales.

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Earlier this month, the former royal couple were spotted taking a secret trip to Windsor. (Getty)

A spokesperson for the couple confirmed the duo visited Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, before embarking on a trip to the Netherlands on April 16 for the 2022 Invictus Games.

The impromptu visit was Meghan’s first time in the UK since the couple stepped down as senior members of the Royal Family.

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