Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Head Home to California Before the End of the Platinum Jubilee

Prince Harry spirit Meghan Markle skipped out early on the end of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations to start making their way back home to California.

On Sunday, the royal couple and their two children, three-year-old Archie and one-year-old Lilibetleft the UK ahead of the grand finale to the four days of festivities honoring Queen Elizabeth‘s history-making 70 years on the throne, reportedly flying out of Farnborough Airport at 1:30 pm That means they missed out on the Platinum Jubilee Pageant which closed out the celebration and which other members of the royal family took in from the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

Before leaving, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended Trooping the Color, which kicked off the long weekend, although they did not appear with the Queen, Prince Charles, Prince William, Kate Middleton, and other working members of the royal family on the Buckingham Palace balcony during the event as they stepped down as senior royals in 2020. A palace statement on the matter clarified that “after careful consideration, the Queen has decided this year’s traditional Trooping the Color balcony appearance on Thursday, 2 June, will be limited to Her Majesty, and those members of the royal family who are currently undertaking official public duties on behalf of the Queen. ” But regardless, a spokesperson for the couple said, “Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, are excited and honored to attend The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations this June with their children.”

Harry, Meghan, and their children initially arrived in London on Wednesday ahead of the Platinum Jubilee, reportedly taking a commercial flight for the occasion instead of their usual private jet. This was Lilibet’s first trip to the UK, as well as the first time she’s met the great-grandmother she was named for. The infant also celebrated her first birthday on Saturday at the royal couple’s former home, Frogmore Cottage. According to The Sun., Harry and Meghan threw their youngest an informal garden party at home, keeping things “relaxed and casual” with picnic-style snacks, a birthday cake, balloons and party games. Guests included Harry’s cousin, Zara Tindallher husband Mike Tindalland their three children, Mia, Lenaand Lucasas well as Zara’s brother Peter Phillipshis ex-wife Autumn Kellyand their two children, Savannah spirit Isla. Archie’s godfather, Charlie Van Straubenzeewas also in attendance, as was his brother Emptywho is Princess Charlotte‘s godfather.

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