THE Queen has invited Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to her 95th birthday celebrations in the first royal reunion since Megxit.
Her Majesty, 94, is said to be determined to get “back to business” after she was forced to cancel a string of royal events last year due to the pandemic.
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Meghan and Harry have been invited to Trooping the Colour this yearCredit: AP:Associated Press
It will be the first time they have publicly reunited since Harry and Meghan sensationally quit the royal family last January.
Royal aides told the newspaper as the event is both an official and a “family occasion”, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expected to join the Queen at the event.
Trooping the Colour is usually held in public with Meghan previously joining other royals – including Kate Middleton – on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
The occasion is held to mark the Queen’s birthdayCredit: AFP – Getty
Attending the event would also mean Harry would be in the UK for his grandad, the Duke of Edinburgh’s, 100th birthday.
The military parade falls two days after the milestone with the royals hoping to give praise this year to the army, who are helping roll out the Covid vaccine.
Last year, the Queen beamed as she enjoyed a stripped-back and socially distant Trooping the Colour ceremony in honour of her birthday.
For the first time in 125 years, the ceremony took place at Windsor Castle where she has been shielding with Prince Philip.
More than 1,700 troops and 400 musicians traditionally perform at London’s Horse Guards Parade in front of huge crowds.
The Queen took part in a scaled-down version of Trooping the Colour
But last year, fewer than 100 Welsh Guards participated in a private parade.
It comes amid speculation about when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would return to the UK from their home in LA, where they have spent the last year.
They had been due to meet the Queen in March for their 12-month review of Megxit but this was cancelled due to the Covid pandemic.
The Royal Family has a packed diary of big events Prince Harry would be keen not to miss out on.
The couple at the event in 2018Credit: EPA
The last royal event involving the couple was at the Queen’s Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey last March.
But the day was overshadowed by the Megxit bombshell and came amid reports Prince William was furious with his brother’s decision.
Royal sources suggest the two couples are still barely talking – and have grown further apart.
William and Kate have continued their royal duties through the coronavirus pandemic.
Meanwhile, Harry and Meghan pursued a mega-bucks TV deal with Netflix and championed causes close to their hearts, such as the Black Lives Matter movement.
Despite the rift, it’s claimed that Meghan and Harry don’t regret stepping down as senior royals.
A source told People the couple “love” their newfound freedom to work on special projects and life away from the “firm”.
“Despite everything that has been going on this year, they don’t regret their move to the US.
The Sun says
THERE will be no greater image of the country getting back on its feet than the Royal Family on the balcony at Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s 95th birthday.
With remarkable magnanimity she has even invited Harry and Meghan.
Proof, after all, that blood is thicker than daughter (in-law).
“They love that they are able to focus on projects and causes that are important to them.
“It was always their dream to be financially independent and pay their own way.
“Harry was finally doing what he’d wanted to do for years, and to have Meghan and Archie with him was all he could have asked for.”
The pair live in California with their young son, Archie
The couple left the UK last year as they stepped down from royal life