It was supposed to be the event that would bring the Royal Family back together.
When Queen Elizabeth invited Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to her Platinum Jubilee celebration, critics of the couple were dumbfounded, but Sussex supporters had high hopes.
After all, this was an opportunity for the Queen to publicly demonstrate her approval of the couple after years of discord.
Unfortunately, it didn’t play out that way.
In fact, insiders claim that the celebrations had a disastrous impact on the Sussexes’ relationship with the rest of the royals.
“They went there hoping to mend fences and ran into a brick wall,” royal expert Christopher Andersen recently told Us Weekly.
“I thought that there would be an opportunity for [Harry] to show up there to show the solidarity [and] the future of the monarchy. … I’m sure they expected to have a warmer welcome than what they received.”
Anderson thinks that that icy reception was on clear display during some of the Jubilee’s most high-profile events.
He says he was surprised when Harry and Meghan were “excluded” from the Royal Family’s appearance on the balcony at Buckingham Palace.
A royal spokesperson explained that the balcony was reserved “those members of the Royal Family who are currently undertaking official public duties on behalf of the Queen.”
Anderson says that he and many other observers felt that the gesture was a way of “sidelining” Harry and Meghan.
And he adds that the royals would’ve been aware of that perception when they made the decision to leave the Sussexes out.
Anderson says the couple’s demotion was also evident at the Queen’s Service of Thanksgiving, where Harry and Meghan sat one row behind the rest of the family.
“Senior members of the royal family were seated in the front row and non-senior members in the second row,” another royal source explained.
Anderson says the event represents a missed opportunity for the royals to send the message that the family is not as dysfunctional as it often appears.
“I thought that there would be an opportunity for [Harry] to show up there to show the solidarity [and] the future of the monarchy,” he told Us Weekly.
“I’m sure they expected to have a warmer welcome than what they received.”
Anderson certainly isn’t alone in his assessment of the Jubilee as a disaster for the Sussexes.
Other British journalists have claimed that Harry and Meghan are “more hated than ever” in the wake of the event.
Some have even gone so far as to say that the royals now prefer Prince Andrew to Meghan.
Considering Andrew recently paid off his sexual assault victim with money he borrowed from the Queen, that’s quite a condemnation.
So yeah, it sounds like the Jubilee was definitely not the happy family reunion that so many were hoping for.
And it seems unlikely that the Windsors will attempt anything of its sort anytime soon.