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Kate and William's 'absence' allowed Harry and Meghan 'perfect opportunity' to visit Queen


Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William missed Harry and Meghan’s UK visit as the family spent most of the Easter holidays skiing. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex flew to the UK to visit the Queen and Prince Charles on their way to the Invictus Games in The Hague. Military historian Christopher Joll claimed the couple were able to reconcile with the family.

Speaking to LBC, Mr Joll said: “The Invictus Games and the absence of the Cambridges gave them the perfect opportunity to drop in for a cuppa and a bit of reconciliation.

“There’s no surprises there.

“It does pave the way for them coming back for the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.”

Asked by host Camilla Tominey about how the Cambridges will feel sharing a balcony with the Sussexes, the historian continued: “I don’t think that’s the big issue.

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“I think that’s a private issue within the Royal Family that they have got ot sort out amongst themselves.

“I think there is a far, far bigger issue which is that ceasing to be full-time members of the Royal Family, Harry and Meghan have put themselves in a very awkward position.

“What they are in effect now is commercial celebrities.

“They are doing things in which they get paid; multimillion-dollar contracts with Netflix amongst others.”

On Thursday night, a spokesperson for the couple confirmed they visited the Queen ahead of their appearance at the Invictus Games which open this weekend.

Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty Magazine, described it as “a very welcome if long overdue move” on the part of Harry and Meghan.

Earlier this week, Dai Davies, a former head of royal protection at Scotland Yard, told the PA news agency that the idea Harry is unable to come to the UK due to safety concerns is “sheer unadulterated nonsense”, adding the duke is “not an expert in security”.

Speaking about the likely security arrangements in The Hague, Mr Davies said: “The truth is I have no doubt that he will be protected, whether he takes his own team or whether the Dutch authorities give him some kind of VIP status.

“The truth is, if there’s a risk both countries – ours and the Netherlands – have sophisticated systems of determining risk.”



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