La Duchess of Sussex40, joined her husband Prince Harry37, and royal family members including William and Kate watch Trooping the Color from the Major General’s Office overlooking the Whitehall parade ground this afternoon.
A lively Meghan seemed playfully “silencing” a group of young royalty as they stood at a window overlooking the parade, while Harry was later seen imitating the gesture in a separate photo.
Their appearance, the first official royal engagement in more than two years, ended months of speculation as to whether they would attend the festivities.
However, they were absent when the Queen, Prince Charles, the Cambridge children and their children watched the passage from the balcony of Buckingham Palace, while children Archie and Lilibet were not seen either.
It comes as a poll today found the British believe their presence risks a reputation for harming the royal family.
A survey by OnePoll found that 54 per cent of the 2,000 Britons surveyed believe that Harry and Meghan should stay away from the festivities. GB News reports.
Smiling Meghan Markle looks out the window as she and Prince Harry travel through crowds near Buckingham Palace today.
The jubilee appearance of Harry and Meghan is their first official engagement in over two years. They are expected to bring three-year-old Archie and Lilibet, almost one
Prince Harry also seemed to silence the same group of young royalty when they appeared at the window to watch Trooping the Color.
The royal family, without Prince Andrew, Harry and Meghan pictured today on the balcony of Buckingham Palace
The Red Arrows pictured as they passed over Buckingham Palace earlier today thousands gathered along The Mall.
An additional 58 percent also said the couple is not allowed to film Netflix content during the bank holiday weekend.
And a little less than a third said that the trouble and drama of whether Harry and Meghan will show up is less to enjoy the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
It comes after Meghan rolled down her car window and smiled at the watching crowds earlier today.
The Duchess seemed to be in a good mood as she looked out the window, with a more reserved Harry peeking over her shoulder as they traveled through crowds of royal fans near Buckingham Palace around 12:20.
Construction manager Emily Sevenoaks, 28, said she had no idea it was Sussex when she decided to start filming on Cleveland Row in St James, central London.
“I honestly had no idea they were,” she told MailOnline, “I heard police escorts and flew with the camera ready and then I realized in the middle of filming … I was very lucky!”
She said the black Audi and police escort came out of the gateway Stable Yard Road, which allows access to Clarence House and St James’s Palace.
The pair were probably en route to Buckingham Palace in front of the historic 71st Aircraft Passage.
The survey today also found that a high number of young adults do not feel patriotic or believe in the importance of the monarch.
Other findings included 77 percent of respondents believing that William would be a better king than his father Prince Charles.
2019 – (From left) Albert Windsor, Prince William holding Prince Louis, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Kate, Camilla, Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, Prince Charles, Princess Beatrice, Princess Anne, the Queen, Princess Eugenie, Lady Louise Windsor, Prince Andrew, Prince Harry, Meghan, Phillips Island, James Viscount Severn, Savannah Phillips, Peter Phillips, Autumn Phillips, Lyla Gilman, Eloise Taylor and Lady Helen Taylor stand with other members of the royal family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch the past. June 8, 2019
TODAY – (from left to right) The Duke of Gloucester, Duchess of Gloucester, Princess Alexandra, Duke of Kent, Vice-Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, the Royal Princess, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth II , the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, Prince George, the Duke of Cambridge, the Countess of Wessex, James Viscount Severn, Lady Louise Windsor, and the Earl of Wessex (hidden) at Buckingham Palace today
Two-thirds also said the queen was right to prevent Prince Andrew from appearing after her deal with Virginia Giuffre.
It comes as the smaller lineup on the balcony of Buckingham Palace today was a clear indication that the Royal Family is moving towards a lean monarchy, an expert said.
The queen has decided that she wants to be accompanied only by working royal family members to watch the airstrip today while she focuses on those who are at the top of the ranks.
It was a place today for Prince Charles and Camilla; Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex; and Princess Anne and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence.
Others on the balcony included Prince William and Kate and their children Charlotte, Louis and George, and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Princess Alexandra.
But there was no sign of Prince Harry and Meghan after they resigned as working royal families in 2020, or Prince Andrew, who was retiring because of his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein.
It was in stark contrast to the appearance of the Palace Balcony for passing three years ago in June 2019 when it was packed with wider members of the Royal Family.
Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams told MailOnline today:
“Harry and Meghan were not widely seen during today’s ceremony. The Queen, although they believe that they are much-loved members of the royal family, is fully aware of how unpredictable and capricious they can be.
“They are very confident in their royal ties to their contracts with Netflix and Spotify and their profile.
“The continuation of the rift is in neither their interest nor in the royal family, but their interview with Oprah was very destructive and affected the popularity of the monarchy, especially among the young. It was also given while Prince Philip was ill.
“Their future status is like royal outsiders and today’s balcony lineup explained that.”
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