Meghan Markle and Prince Harry 'relegated behind Duke of Gloucester' in Royal Family shake-up

Royal expert Duncan Larcombe said Harry will be "fuming about the way he and his family were treated"

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were “relegated behind the Duke of Gloucester” as part of a Royal Family shake-up, an expert has said.

Meghan and Harry stepped down from their roles as senior royals in 2020 before moving to the US.

The pair have since sat down for wide-ranging interview with Oprah Winfrey where they made allegations of racism against an unnamed member of the Royal Family.

But they did return to the UK for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee earlier this year, albeit playing a very small role in the weekend’s festivities.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
The pair arriving at the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral
The pair arriving at the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral

They were essentially barred from appearing on the Buckingham Palace balcony during Trooping the Colour, while they were also booed on their arrival to the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral.

And the weekend will “haunt” Harry for the “rest of his life”, according to royal expert and biographer Duncan Larcombe, who also said the pair were relegated to sit behind the Duke of Gloucester.

Mr Larcombe said: "Those four days will haunt Prince Harry for the rest of his life.

"They (Meghan and Harry) were relegated to sitting behind the Duke of Gloucester.

"They didn't take part in any way, shape or form visibly at the Trooping the Colour and fair play to them”, he told True Royalty TV’s The Royal Beat.

He added: "You can take your pick with things they were excluded from this weekend, whether they excluded themselves or not, they flew home on a private jet before the thing had even finished.

"That you could say was just them being respectful of not stealing the limelight but that will not be how Prince Harry sees it.

"He will be fuming about the way he and his family were treated – if it was the Royal Family who said, ‘you’re not coming to the royal box’, 'you are not going to sit there while the likes of Mike Tindall and other minor non-working royals were there."