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Meghan and Harry ‘expected to join Queen’ at birthday celebrations

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.She has invited her grandson and…

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.

She has invited her grandson and Meghan to join her for Trooping the Colour in London on June 12 to mark her official birthday, The Sunday Times reports.

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.

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Trooping the Colour is usually held in public with Meghan previously joining other royals – including Kate Middleton – on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

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-19 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 isolating with Prince Philip.

More than 1700 troops and 400 musicians traditionally perform at London’s Horse Guards Parade in front of huge crowds.

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.

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They had been due to meet the Queen in March for their 12-month review of Megxit but this was cancelled due to coronavirus restrictions.

The royal family has a packed diary of big events Prince Harry would not want to miss out on.

This includes the unveiling of a statue of Princess Diana that William and Harry commissioned together.

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.

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William and Kate have continued their royal duties through the coronavirus pandemic.

Meanwhile, Harry and Meghan pursued a megabucks 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 new-found freedom to work on special projects and life away from the firm.

The leak, which came from someone close to the couple, told the magazine: “Meghan and Harry took a huge leap of faith to embark on their new life.

“Despite everything that has been going on this year, they don’t regret their move to the US.

“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.”

This story originally appeared on The Sun and has been reproduced here with permission

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