The royals will “breathe a sigh of relief” if Prince Harry and Meghan Markle fail to make Prince Philips memorial, an expert has claimed.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were expected to return to Britain later this year to join the Queen and the rest of the firm to celebrate the monarch’s platinum anniversary.
While Her Majesty also agreed to a Thanksgiving service in Westminster Abbey for the late Duke of Edinburgh being held on an as yet unspecified date, the Daily Star reports.
Harry, 37, attended his grandfather’s funeral alone in April last year after he flew over from the United States without Meghan, 40, who was pregnant and advised against traveling by doctors.
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But the duke has since raised concerns about the safety of himself, his wife and children Archie, two, and Lilibet, seven months, which has put any future travels in doubt.
The Sussexes were deprived of the strict taxpayer-funded protection granted to the royals when they retired in 2020.
Harry offered to pay for Met officers out of his own pocket for such trips, but this was rejected by the Home Office.
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Royal expert Ingrid Seward claims the family will find “relief” that the couple is potentially not attending tribute to Philip, as she thinks it could be the “Harry and Meghan show”.
In a speech to Fabulous, Ingrid said: “I think if they choose not to come, then everyone will breathe a sigh of relief.
“It’s Thanksgiving for Prince Philip, and we do not want it to be for the Harry and Meghan show.”
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Harry recently issued a statement through his legal representative to reveal that a bid for a court trial had been filed in September last year over police protection.
A legal representative for Harry said in the statement: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex personally fund a private security team for their family, but this security cannot copy the necessary police protection required while in the UK.
“In the absence of such protection, Prince Harry and his family are unable to return to his home.”
Royal cinema Phil Dampier said it would not surprise him if the former royals did not return to the UK for the service, suggesting the security issue gives them “a good excuse”.
The statement comes when a source reported to the Mirror that Prince Charles has invited the couple to stay with him when they return to the UK as he wants to spend time with his grandchildren.
The Mirror has approached Buckingham Palace for comment.