Meghan Markle: Duchess’s friend Omid Scobie in ‘Queen Deserves Better’ rant about balcony row | Royal | News

Scobie’s op-ed titled “The Queen Deserves Better for Her Jubilee Than Being Obsessed with Family Drama” was published online Tuesday. It precedes the monarch’s platinum jubilee celebrations in June, during which working members of the royal family are expected to join the queen and younger royals on a balcony at Buckingham Palace for Trooping the Colour.

While absent from Trooping the Colour, non-working members of the Royal Family such as Harry, Meghan and Prince Andrew will be invited to events, including a thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral.

In the article, Mr Scobie describes the decision as to who will or will not show up on the balcony as “fuss”, adding that the news of inviting only working royals shouldn’t have come as a surprise to some.

He pointed to Prince Charles’ decision to limit the number of relatives on the balcony at the end of the Queen’s 2012 Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Mr Scobie added that the Platinum Jubilee balcony arrangements “solve the dilemma” of keeping Prince Andrew at bay.

He wrote: “[S]According to our sources, Prince Andrew was eager to assist his mother during such a poignant and sympathetic scene.

“Instead, the correct picture presented on June 2 is a lineup of part-time and full-time working family members who are all responsible for continuing the Queen’s legacy beyond her reign. That makes sense to me.”

He went on to suggest that the omission of Harry and Meghan from the Balcony lineup has been presented as a blunter for the Sussexes, adding that stories of the couple being “dramatically cut… probably would have felt believable” to tabloid readers. .

Citing an unnamed source, Mr Scobie explained that the Duke of Sussex had previously said he and his wife wanted to be part of the anniversary events but were less keen on making an appearance on the balcony.


The piece came two days before Royal Daily Express correspondent Richard Palmer said the Sussexes could still make an appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

Palmer said a hint from a royal aide last week suggested a second balcony moment with Harry and Meghan could take place after the Platinum Jubilee Pageant.

Meanwhile, more details about the celebrations have been released with the Queen’s famous diamond diadem and jewels that will be on display at royal residences.

Set with 1,333 brilliant-cut diamonds, the invaluable crown was made for George IV’s coronation in 1821.

Worn many times by the monarch during her historical reign, it is probably the most famous of all her jewelry.

The Queen usually wears the diadem for her journey to and from the State Opening of Parliament.

It will be on display along with other period jewelry in Buckingham Palace’s State Rooms during the Royal Collection’s summer opening from July 22 to October 2 as part of an exhibition dedicated to the Queen’s accession.

In 1952, just days after she took the throne, the Queen wore the diadem for official portraits of Dorothy Wilding.

These formed the basis for the image of the monarch on millions of stamps from 1953 to 1971.

A selection of 24 of Wilding’s historic photos from the sessions will also be on display.

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