Meghan and Harry’s plan to attend Queen’s Jubilee ‘a headache’ for Palace staff

As plans start coming together for Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee next year, reports that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle want to attend are causing a "headache" for event organisers, according to one Palace insider.

The event – the first time any British monarch has celebrated their platinum jubilee – is set to take place over a four-day weekend in June 2022.

It is expected to include a live concert at Buckingham Palace, called the Platinum Party at the Palace, featuring "the world's biggest entertainment stars". A now-traditional RAF flypast is on the calendar, as well as a gigantic pageant with 5,0000 performers.

The horse-race-loving Queen is expected to particularly enjoy a spending day at Epsom Downs for the Derby on June 4 as part of the celebrations of her seventieth year on the throne

But the possible presence of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex represents a major protocol nightmare for Palace staff, with questions being raised about which events they will be permitted to attend and where they might be placed to ensure coverage of Harry and Meghan doesn’t overshadow the main event.

"This is a celebration for the Queen’s 70 years of service to the nation and should not be overshadowed," a royal source told The Sun.

"There are now so many questions about what to do with Harry and Meghan."

While the 70th year of her Majesty’s reign actually begins in February, the jubilee weekend has been scheduled for June – as her Golden and Diamond Jubilees – in the hope of taking advantage of better weather.

The whole weekend will kick off on Thursday, June 2, 2022, with the Trooping of the Colour held in full for the first time since the pandemic.

More than 1,400 servicemen and women, 200 horses, and 400 musicians are expected to take part.

The Queen is expected to attend most, if not all of the events, despite the fact that she’ll be 96 by the time next June rolls around.

BBC royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell said: "There has been some slowing down for several years, but she is still very engaged.

"Certainly she and the Palace will be hoping this will be an opportunity for people across the United Kingdom to show their continued commitment to, and regard and affection for, this particular monarch."

But which events, if any, that Harry and Meghan will be attending remains very much up in the air.

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