Prince Harry and Meghan Markle 'unlikely to visit the Queen for 96th birthday' despite being in Europe

The couple are not expected to visit due to "schism [Prince Harry] has caused in the family", according to a royal expert

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are not likely to see the Queen on her 96th birthday despite leaving the US to travel to Europe for the Invictus Games due to the "schism he has caused in the family" according to a royal expert.

Her Majesty will celebrate her 96th birthday on April 21st, when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be in the Netherlands.

The Invictus Games will take place in The Hague from April 16 to 22 after being delayed by the pandemic.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Harry founded the games to aid the rehabilitation of injured or sick military personnel and veterans from across the globe, by giving them the challenge of competing in sporting events similar to the Paralympics.

Prince Harry stepped down from royal duty in 2020 and lives in Montecito, California, with his wife Meghan Markle.

Queen Elizabeth II will celebrate her birthday on April 21st.
Queen Elizabeth II will celebrate her birthday on April 21st.

Robert Jobson, co-author of Diana: Closely Guarded Secret, told the Mirror he does not think Prince Harry will visit: "The reality is it is highly unlikely, given the schism he has caused in the family."

On Monday evening, a spokesman for the duke and duchess confirmed Meghan will join Harry at the Games in The Hague for the first few days.

The Invictus Games was where the couple chose to make their first public appearance together almost five years ago.

Meghan made her first appearance at an official engagement attended by Harry on September 24 2017 when she attended the Invictus Games opening ceremony in Toronto, Canada, although the pair sat about 18 seats apart.

Earlier on Monday, Team UK competitors said they would like to see Meghan, and the couple’s children, two-year-old Archie and nine-month-old Lili, at the Games.

The children are not expected to be in attendance.