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Ruler Harry and Meghan stay serene at Jubilee occasions

Prince Harry returned to the UK with Meghan for the Jubilee celebrations

Prince Harry returned to the UK with Meghan for the Jubilee celebrations

For such a high-profile couple, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have kept a surprisingly serene presence on the main day of the Platinum Jubilee festivities.

Ruler Harry and Meghan’s movement over the Atlantic for the Jubilee weekend had been dealt with in advance like an unusual weather conditions front drawing nearer of some sort.

Storms were dreaded. Illustrious authorities dreaded the harm. In any case, it’s been extremely low-profile for a such a general couple of public consideration.

They watched Trooping the Color from a window, not piece of the carriage parade or the family bunch permitted on the gallery of Buckingham Palace.

There’s no getting away from their large film industry status, however here they were watching from the wings.

They likewise evaded any air terminal appearance photograph fest, with ideas the Queen sent vehicles to gather them from a confidential air terminal. Everything remained unnoticed.

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex seen in the back of a car in London o n2 June, 2022IMAGE SOURCE,REUTERS
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The Queen, it is suggested, sent cars to pick up Prince Harry and Meghan from a private airport

Such a low profile is not likely to be accidental, with Prince Harry and Meghan wanting to avoid any accusations of stealing the limelight.

This is the Queen’s big weekend, celebrating her 70 years as monarch, and there are likely to have been warnings about avoiding anything that could overshadow the Jubilee events.

So it’s likely that Prince Harry and Meghan will have been urged to stay on-message and remain in the background, part of the backing band rather than the centre of attention.

It might be seen as a way of building bridges. It’s the Sussexes back to take part in a big event in a way perhaps not seen since leaving their royal roles in 2020.

Their daughter Lilibet, aged one this weekend, until this week hadn’t met her great-grandmother the Queen.

This quieter approach, without appearances and interviews, might be a way of re-establishing family links and connections with home.

While limiting the Buckingham Palace balcony to “working royals” meant excluding Prince Harry, Meghan and Prince Andrew, the two California-based royals were still part of the family group watching.

Covid is going to keep Prince Andrew away from the Thanksgiving Service at St Paul’s on Friday – an announcement on Thursday afternoon that raised some eyebrows. But Prince Harry and Meghan will be there and it will be a further sign of inclusion.

If the ambition of Buckingham Palace is for Prince Harry and Meghan to be there but not to draw attention to themselves, it won’t be easy. Because there is no escaping how much public interest they generate and how easily they could start making headlines.

Meghan Markle with Savannah Phillips and Mia Tindall in the Major General's office overlooking Trooping the Colour on Horse Guards ParadeIMAGE SOURCE,GOFFPHOTOS
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Meghan Markle with Savannah Phillips and Mia Tindall watching Trooping the Colour

If many of the Jubilee events are rather worthy events like lighting beacons, Prince Harry and Meghan can generate media fireworks, touching on issues of race and representation, celebrity and wealth. They are a news tinderbox, even without trying.

They certainly divide opinion, provoking strong positive and negative responses. They attract and they irritate. And such interest drives media attention, not to say huge web traffic to news stories, like moths drawn to a digital light.

According to a survey from YouGov this week, young people are more likely to be supportive of Prince Harry and Meghan. But overall the couple have lost much public sympathy in the UK, with their popularity at its lowest recorded level. But everyone has an opinion.

As the Jubilee weekend progresses there will be more attention on the Sussexes.

There have been expectations they will meet the Queen, but it’s understood that any such meetings will be considered as private and any details will remain speculation.

If the appearances so far are any guide, it could be a case of cryptic smiles from a distance and a determined effort to say little. In PR terms, it might not be a bad tactic.

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