Sussexes to only exchange pleasantries with Wills and Charles: Theyre here for the Queen

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are set to only exchange pleasantries with Prince William and Prince Charles during their UK visit, an expert has told OK!.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are set to travel to the UK with their two children Archie and Lilibet next month to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

Meghan, 40, and 37 year old Harry's upcoming visit will be the first time they and their children will be with the Royal Family after the couple stood down from their roles as senior working royals in 2020.

Relations between the pair, who now live in the US, and the rest of the firm are said to be tense, following reports of ongoing rifts with the Sussex's and William and Charles in particular, which is said to have left dad Charles "deeply hurt".

As the couple prepare to travel to the UK, royal author Duncan Larcome has told OK! Meghan and Harry are only visiting to pay their respects to the Queen and the visit is not an attempt to "heal a rift".

Duncan, who wrote Prince Harry: The Inside Story, explained to OK!: "If you take Harry's recent visit to go by, make no mistake if they're back in the UK we know it's only because of the Queen.

"They're certainly not flying back to see William, Kate or Prince Charles. So I think they'll spend as little time as possible with them, but they will want to see the Queen."

He added: "But it's clearly a trip not to let bygones be bygones and heal a rift, it's specifically for them to pay their respects to the Queen."


Meghan and Harry's motivations behind the visit, according to the expert, are also to finally introduce their daughter Lilibet, 11 months, to her namesake the Queen.

"Harry promised the Queen when he met her that he would bring Lilibet and introduce her," Duncan said.

As the pair will be present at the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations across the weekend at the start of June, it's highly likely they will come across other members of The Firm.

But, Duncan explained he expects very little will be exchanged between Meghan, Harry and the Royals.

He said: "The way in which Harry and Meghan have behaved and the public way in which they've relayed conversations between members of the Royal Family – which is an absolute no no, it really is seen as a total betrayal.

"And of course, when they do comeback, they Royals won't say anything to them apart from pleasantries because they won't want it reported back and put on, you know, 'Harry and Meghan sat with Oprah' again.

"It's very difficult for William and Charles to say anything to them because that trust has been sold, to put it bluntly."

But, having Archie, three, and Lilibet, who will turn one during the Jubilee weekend, will be a welcome distraction.

"Having Lili with them when they return for the Jubilee is probably quite a good distraction," Duncan said. "It will all be about the kids and kids' talk because you have to hope they wouldn't have long, drawn out, heart-to-heart chats in front of their children."

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