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Prince Harry, 36, and Meghan Markle’s, 40, departure from the Firm and relocation to California means it’s not clear whether they will return to the UK to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee next year. Although Harry’s relationship with the Firm – namely Prince Charles, 72, and his brother Prince William, 39, – are thought to be strained, royal commentator Marlene Koenig has claimed inviting the Duke to the celebrations next year would be the “perfect olive branch”. While Harry and Meghan have not returned as a pair since they left the country in March 2020, Ms Koenig said they still remain important to the Firm.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Ms Koenig said: “I think it would just send a good message.
“Forget about the previous comments and statements that have been said.
“This would be the Queen saying ‘you are my family’.
“And I think that would be very important.”
Queen Elizabeth told to issue olive branch to Harry and Meghan (Image: PA)
Queen Elizabeth: Harry and Meghan have a strained relationship with some members of the Firm (Image: GETTY)
Ms Koenig added: “I would think that it would be the perfect olive branch for the Queen to say, ‘I want you there’.”
The Queen, 95, will celebrate her 70th year on the throne in 2022.
In doing so, she will become the first British monarch to reach that landmark figure.
Although the official date for the monarch’s jubilee is on February 6, celebrations will begin at the beginning of June.
Queen Elizabeth: Fireworks mark the Golden Jubilee (Image: GETTY)
The occasion will be marked by an extended bank holiday weekend between June 2 to 5.
One royal historian, Hugo Vickers, revealed what he thought the Queen’s role in the celebrations may be.
He claimed that although the Queen will take a less active role in the celebrations, it will still be a historic event given the pandemic.
He said: “It’s such an opportunity to have fun, to celebrate the Queen and to enjoy doing it.
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Queen Elizabeth: Harry and Meghan have not returned together since leaving the Firm (Image: GETTY)
Queen Elizabeth will become the first British monarch to reach that mark (Image: GETTY)
“The Queen herself is going to do about 10 big things in the course of the year.
“Nobody’s ever seen a Platinum Jubilee before. I think it will be hugely significant.
“By the time it comes around, with a bit of luck, people will feel happier about coming.
“They’ll have been locked up for two years more or less and they’ll suddenly burst into life.”
Queen Elizabeth: The Royal Family tree (Image: Express)
The Queen was crowned in 1952 at Westminster Abbey following the death of George VI.
For her Diamond Jubilee to mark the monarch’s 60th year on the throne, she and Prince Philip visited all the regions of the UK.
For next year’s celebrations, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said in June the UK will put together a spectacular event.
Queen Elizabeth may invite the pair back to the UK (Image: GETTY)
He previously said: “Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee will be a truly historic moment – and one that deserves a celebration to remember.
“We can all look forward to a special, four-day Jubilee weekend, when we will put on a spectacular, once-in-a-generation show that mixes the best of British ceremonial splendour with cutting edge art and technology. It will bring the entire nation and the Commonwealth together in a fitting tribute to Her Majesty’s reign.”