The royal privilege Prince Harry and Meghan’s children Archie and Lilibet will miss out on during UK visit

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend day two of the Invictus Games 2020
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s children Archie and Lilibet are set to miss out on a major royal privilege this summer during the family’s UK visit.

After months of speculation over whether or not Harry and Meghan would fly back from their new LA home (opens in new tab) to attend the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee (opens in new tab) celebrations, it was finally confirmed that not only would the couple be returning, but they’d be bringing their two children. Archie Mountbatten-Windsor (opens in new tab) hasn’t visited the UK since the family moved to the US after Harry and Meghan “stepped back” (opens in new tab) as senior members of The Firm (opens in new tab). Whilst his sister Lilibet was born last June and has yet to meet any of her royal relatives in person. 

Now that all looks set to change in light of the Sussexes’ decision to attend the Jubilee. But despite their return, there’s one royal privilege that Archie and Lilibet will miss out on this summer…

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and their baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Unlike many of the Queen’s great-grandchildren (opens in new tab), neither Archie nor Lilibet have ever appeared on the Buckingham Palace balcony at Trooping the Colour. Archie had only been born the month before the final Trooping the Colour (opens in new tab) parade attended by his parents and didn’t join them and Lilibet hasn’t visited the UK at all yet. 

Things were scaled back in the pandemic, prior to this the balcony appearance was a regular occurrence during Her Majesty’s official birthday celebrations. The Sussex kids’ cousins, Prince George, Charlotte and Louis, have all already made their balcony debut. 

Meanwhile, over the years Peter Phillips’ daughters Savannah and Isla have also been part of this traditional palace gathering. Appearing on the balcony for the first time at Trooping the Colour would be a huge moment for Archie and Lilibet, who fans have only seen a few glimpses of over the past year. 

The Royal Family watch the flypast on the balcony of Buckingham Palace

But it seems they will have to wait a little longer to experience this exciting privilege. Buckingham Palace announced that the Queen has decided only royals currently undertaking official public duties on her behalf will be on the balcony in June. It’s thought that their children will also appear, meaning that the Cambridge kids could be there.

In contrast, Harry and Meghan are no longer working royals so they and Archie and Lilibet won’t be, delaying their chance to enjoy this royal milestone by at least another year. They won’t be the only ones to miss out as either as George, Charlotte and Louis are the only great-grandchildren whose parents are working royals.

There will no doubt be many fans hoping that Archie and Lilibet and the Queen's other great-grandchildren will be granted the privilege of appearing on the balcony in the future. 

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with six years of experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home, Goodto.com, and My Imperfect Life.