Prince Harry’s silence for Texas shooting victims at polo before returning for Platinum Jubilee

Prince Harry holds minute’s silence for Texas school shooting victims at his last polo match before returning to the UK for Platinum Jubilee when Queen will meet Lilibet for the first time ‘at her first birthday party on Saturday’

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Prince Harry observed a minute’s silence for the victims of the Uvalde school massacre on horseback yesterday in his final polo match before he flies to the UK with Meghan and their two children to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. 

The Duke of Sussex‘s obvious sorrow at the deaths of 19 children and two teachers came after his wife made a surprise appearance to Texas to pay her own tribute to the dead.

But there was also joy for Harry as he played polo in California yesterday after his team Los Padres won their championship polo match final in Santa Barbara. He also held his arms aloft and cheered wildly as his ride won the match’s best horse award.

The royal, who is sixth in line to the throne, is listed as H. Wales in the four-player line-up with his friend Nacho Figueras, who he embraced after their victory.

The prince joined polo team Los Padres, having played the sport for most of his life after learning in the UK with his brother William. The club is run by his friend Nacho, who said he was ‘excited’ for the duke to join the ranks.

Harry has signed up to a whole season of polo, but he will be taking a break to come to the UK for his grandmother’s Platinum Jubilee this week. When the Sussexes head to the UK, The Queen will meet their youngest daughter Lilibet for the first time at the soon-to-be one-year-old’s birthday party during Jubilee celebrations. 

The 96-year-old monarch, who Lilibet is named after, is likely to miss her favourite sporting event, the Derby horse races at Epsom, for the little girl’s birthday bash. 

Prince Harry pauses to remember the Uvalde massacre victims at the beginning of his polo match yesterday - the last before he flies to the UK for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee

Prince Harry pauses to remember the Uvalde massacre victims at the beginning of his polo match yesterday – the last before he flies to the UK for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 

The Duke of Sussex holds his arms aloft after his ride won horse of the match in Santa Barbara California last night

The Duke of Sussex holds his arms aloft after his ride won horse of the match in Santa Barbara California last night

Nacho Figueras, the Los Padres captain, puts his arms around Harry after their big win
The friends are very close, with Nacho repeatedly defending Harry over his decision to quit as a royal saying  previously Harry 'suffers a lot from people judging him'

Nacho Figueras, the Los Padres captain, puts his arms around Harry after their big win. The friends are very close, with Nacho repeatedly defending Harry over his decision to quit as a royal saying previously Harry ‘suffers a lot from people judging him’

The Duke of Sussex touches the cup as he passes it after the match

The Duke of Sussex touches the cup as he passes it after the match

Harry and Nacho walk with their arms around eachother. Harry will be heading to the UK in the coming days

Harry and Nacho walk with their arms around eachother. Harry will be heading to the UK in the coming days

The Duke is listed as H. Wales in team line up. His love of polo came after learning the game with his brother William

Meghan Markle places a bouquet of white roses at the memorial outside Uvalde County Courthouse yesterday before she visited a blood drive centre set up to help victims of the school shooting

Meghan Markle places a bouquet of white roses at the memorial outside Uvalde County Courthouse yesterday before she visited a blood drive centre set up to help victims of the school shooting

Since she was born on June 4 2021, parents Prince Harry and Meghan have only been to the UK once, in a fleeting visit where they made a detour to see Her Majesty while on their way to the Invictus Games in The Hague in April. Although Harry has said that he video calls his grandmother, who always sends gifts for birthdays. 

Before the UK trip Meghan, 40, laid a bouquet of white roses at a makeshift memorial outside Uvalde County Courthouse, not far from the scene of the senseless slayings at Robb Elementary School.

In Victoria Beckham jeans, Adidas trainers, a T-shirt and a J.Crew baseball cap, the Duchess dropped to a squat with her head bowed in front of the names of the 19 child victims, plus their two teachers, who were killed in last Tuesday’s massacre, America’s worst school shooting for a decade.

Wearing a £5,500 Cartier Love Bracelet and Princess Diana’s £19,000 Cartier Tank Watch, she then walked along the tributes, which have been made by the local community with the space for people to write their own messages of support to the grieving families.

Meghan’s visit to the small community, 1,300 miles from her home in Montecito, California, was unannounced, and came as a surprise to the close-knit town, which is still reeling in shock from the tragedy.

She also made a surprise visit to a blood centre close to the Uvalde school massacre with two crates of food and drinks for donors, volunteers revealed, as one admitted: ‘I had no idea who she was’ and another confused her with a neighbour. 

She flew in on a private jet from California, where her father, Thomas, is currently gravely ill in hospital as he recovers from a suspected major stroke this week. It is not thought the Duchess has been to visit him.

Mr Markle, 77, fell ill on Monday and was rushed to hospital in Mexico, where he lives, before being transferred to a facility over the border, where he remained last night with son Thomas Jr and daughter Samantha by his side.

He had been due to fly into the UK to appear on TV during the Queen’s Jubilee. The Sussexes, and their two children, will travel to London in the coming days to join in the royal celebrations.

Lilibet’s first birthday is set to be celebrated at Frogmore Cottage next Saturday, just a stone’s throw away from Windsor Castle. Princess Eugenie and her family have vacated the Cottage ahead of their arrival.

In their first trip to the UK with Archie and Lilibet, Harry, 37, and Meghan, 40, are going to stay at the property during their four-day trip over to the UK for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Baby Lilibet, was born in California unlike her brother Archie, three, who was born at London’s Portland Hospital, a Royal favourite. The Queen met Archie two days after he was born on 6 May 2019.

Ms Markle, who travelled without Harry, said she was there in a personal capacity and as a mother

Ms Markle, who travelled without Harry, said she was there in a personal capacity and as a mother

The Queen will meet the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's daughter Lilibet, pictured right, for the first time at the soon-to-be one-year-old's birthday party during Jubilee celebrations next weekend. Archie is pictured left with Prince Harry

The Queen will meet the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s daughter Lilibet, pictured right, for the first time at the soon-to-be one-year-old’s birthday party during Jubilee celebrations next weekend. Archie is pictured left with Prince Harry

The 96-year-old monarch, who Lilibet is named after, is likely to miss her favourite sporting event, the Derby horse races at Epsom, for the little one's birthday. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh pictured meeting their great grandson, Archie, two days after he was born on 6 May 2019

The 96-year-old monarch, who Lilibet is named after, is likely to miss her favourite sporting event, the Derby horse races at Epsom, for the little one’s birthday. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh pictured meeting their great grandson, Archie, two days after he was born on 6 May 2019

The birthday party comes in good timing as sources revealed to The Sun, that is becoming ‘increasingly unlikely’ that the Queen will be able to travel to Epsom, Surrey, for the horseracing Derby as all three of her precious horses have pulled out of the race.

This will be the third time in the Queen’s reign that she will miss the Epsom Derby, with the first when she was on a state visit to Sweden in 1956 and another when she was in France for the 40th anniversary of D-Day in 1984.

Anne, Princess Royal will be standing in for Her Majesty and representing the royal family on her behalf.

Aides are said to be making ‘every effort’ to manage the monarch’s diary to not tire her, and the cancellation is another attempt to help the Queen ‘pace herself’.

Palace sources told The Sun that efforts were made to ‘ensure she could get to the royal box on the big day’ but this is being called off, they said.

For the past six months, the Queen has been suffering from mobility issues and has used a walking stick. 

However the monarch has stated that she will make a double balcony appearance during celebrations for her Platinum Jubilee this week.

Her Majesty will step onto Buckingham Palace’s balcony on Thursday, during the official birthday parade, marking the start of the four-day celebrations.

‘The Queen is determined to take part in the Jubilee celebrations,’ a royal source told the Mirror.

They said that the monarch ‘very much wants to be a part of’ Trooping the Colour, which was brought forward by a eek so that it could be incorporated into the celebrations.

The Queen is also aiming to attend Friday’s Thanksgiving Service at St Paul’s Cathedral. 

In March, she had a £62,000 golf buggy delivered to help, complete with hi-tech specs including a fridge and entertainment screen.

The 96-year-old monarch received the four-seater vehicle two weeks ago and has had a quick tour around the Windsor Castle grounds alongside her beloved corgis.

She has also had a lift installed at Balmoral Castle.

Built by Garia, a Danish manufacturer of premium ‘golf cars’, as part of a ‘tie-up’ with Mercedes-Benz, the speedy battery-fuelled four-wheeler has a range of 50 miles before it needs recharging.

Considered the ‘Rolls-Royce’ of the golf cart world, the Queen is thought to have the ‘Monaco’ model from Garia’s range of buggies.

It also features a 10.1inch tablet-style screen next to the steering wheel, offering maps and weather updates, as well as ‘weather enclosure’ doors.

The Queen was chauffeured in the buggy around the Chelsea Flower Show earlier this week (pictured)
In March, the Queen had a £62,000 golf buggy delivered to help, complete with hi-tech specs including a fridge and entertainment screen

In March, the Queen had a £62,000 golf buggy delivered to help, complete with hi-tech specs including a fridge and entertainment screen. She was chauffeured in the buggy around the Chelsea Flower Show earlier this week (pictured), where she was showed around by Royal Horticultural Society President Keith Weed

The Queen was chauffeured in the buggy around the Chelsea Flower Show earlier this week, where she was showed around by Royal Horticultural Society President Keith Weed.

She is expected to remain in Scotland at the Balmoral Estate until the middle of the week before heading down to the capital to begin the festivities for her 70 years on the throne.

She will also be missing Thursday’s Trooping the Colour salute – but has vowed to make two appearances on the Buckingham Palace balcony instead.

The Queen’s birthday on June 2 sees her Household Division troops march and ride on Horse Guards Parade with Her Majesty usually attending and taking the salute.

But this year, the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge and the Princess Royal will ride on the parade as colonels of the Welsh Guards, the Irish Guards and the Blues and Royals.

Only William was seen at the run-through yesterday, which went without a hitch – unlike last week.

Since Lilibet was born on 4 June 2021, parents Prince Harry and Meghan (pictured with first born son Archie in South Africa in 2019) have only been to the UK once, in a fleeting visit where they made a detour to see Her Majesty while on their way to the Invictus Games in The Hague in April

Since Lilibet was born on 4 June 2021, parents Prince Harry and Meghan (pictured with first born son Archie in South Africa in 2019) have only been to the UK once, in a fleeting visit where they made a detour to see Her Majesty while on their way to the Invictus Games in The Hague in April

A Royal source told the Mail on Sunday: ‘The Queen is determined to take part in the Jubilee celebrations. Trooping was brought forward by one week to be part of the Jubilee this year and the Queen very much wants to be part of it.’

There has been no indication that the Queen is pulling out of Friday’s Thanksgiving Service at St Paul’s Cathedral, where the entire family will be, including Meghan, Harry. Prince Andrew will also be in attendance.

Earlier this week, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex told the Queen that they will keep a low profile during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations next weekend and will only take part in official engagements after the Monarch ‘ordered the family to come together’ with ‘no dramas’ to overshadow the events.

Harry and Meghan will reportedly take part in the service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday 3 June after Trooping the Colour on Thursday 2 June – but will not appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony with senior working members of the Royal family. Prince Andrew will also not make an appearance on the balcony.

On Saturday night, the younger members of the royal family will head to Buckingham Palace for Platinum Party at the Palace, a concert starring Diana Ross, Queen + Adam Lambert, Duran Duran, Alicia Keys, Hans Zimmer, Nile Rogers, Eurovision runner-up Sam Ryder and more.

Organisers of the Jubilee are said to be ‘frustrated’ over a ‘lack of clarity’ in regard to where the Sussexes will be appearing and when, according to The Telegraph.

They said they have fears that the novelty of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex being back in Britain for the huge 70th Jubilee celebrations will ‘overshadow’ the Queen’s special weekend.

The Brooksbanks have now packed up and moved out for Prince Harry, his wife Meghan and their two children, Archie and Lilibet

The Brooksbanks have now packed up and moved out for Prince Harry, his wife Meghan and their two children, Archie and Lilibet

Frogmore Cottage is only a short drive away from the Queen’s private apartments at Windsor Castle

Frogmore Cottage is only a short drive away from the Queen’s private apartments at Windsor Castle

Princess Eugenie and her family have vacated Frogmore Cottage ahead of the arrival of Harry and Meghan for the Queen‘s celebration, it was reported last night.

Eugenie, her husband Jack Brooksbank and their one-year-old son August have lived at the property since November 2020.

The family have been allowed the use of the five-bedroom house by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex while they live in California.

And Eugenie has made it her home, having recently redecorated the cottage to suit her own style.

But the Brooksbanks have now packed up and moved out for Prince Harry, his wife Meghan and their two children, Archie and Lilibet, according to the Sunday Times.

It is thought the move will last for the duration of Harry and Meghan’s stay for the Jubilee weekend as Frogmore Cottage is still the couple’s official residence in the UK.

The Brooksbanks are likely to have moved in with family.

Frogmore was converted into one home in 2019 for Harry and Meghan, having previously been five separate properties for staff working on the Windsor Estate.

The whole renovation famously cost the Sovereign Grant £2.4million.

The Jubilee weekend trip to the UK will be Prince Harry and Meghan's first visit with both children, Archie, three, and Lilibet, 11 months

The Jubilee weekend trip to the UK will be Prince Harry and Meghan’s first visit with both children, Archie, three, and Lilibet, 11 months 

On Saturday, it was revealed that Meghan Markle is ‘trying to heal four-year rift’ with estranged father Thomas as he leaves hospital five days after suffering stroke, ahead of Sussexes travelling to UK for Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The Duchess of Sussex, 40, reached out to Thomas Markle‘s camp after it emerged he left hospital following five days of treatment for a stroke.

However, it is understood that Meghan is concerned about involving her half-siblings Thomas Jr, 55, and Samantha, 57, as she ‘believes they have their own agendas’.

A source told The Mirror: ‘Despite their estrangement, Meghan is concerned. She wants to know if there is any way to contact her father privately, without other family knowing about it or having to get involved.’

The insider added: ‘Meghan can’t contact her half-siblings because she believes they have their own agendas.  

‘If she can contact their dad, she wants it to be totally private. It won’t involve Netflix, it won’t involve any photographs and it must not involve any tip-offs to the paparazzi.’

 

Harry and Meghan are KEEPING Frogmore Cottage: Sussexes ‘renew their lease’ of the home in Windsor and will stay at the property for the Jubilee – as Princess Eugenie and her family vacate ahead of the celebration

By Lizzie May For Mailonline and Imogen Horton For The Daily Mail 

Prince Harry and Meghan have renewed their lease on Frogmore Cottage in an unexpected move that suggests the couple may have plans for more frequent visits to the UK.

Ahead of next week’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank have vacated the property as the Sussexes will be staying there during their time in the UK. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have allowed the use of the five-bedroom house while they live in their £13million Californian manison.

A source said that the lease renewal is a ‘signal that they aren’t going to disappear’ as they could ‘easily give up Frogmore’ since they now live full-time in the US. 

‘By agreeing to extend the lease, and with Jack and Eugenie focusing on Portugal, they have a firm prescence smack bang in the middle of Windsor court where it’s all happening,’ the source told The Sun.

‘They can now come and go any time they please. The coming year could be one of the most tumultuous in royal history and the Sussexes are making sure they have a foothold in Windsor.’

The family have been allowed the use of the five-bedroom house by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex while they live in California

The family have been allowed the use of the five-bedroom house by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex while they live in California

The Sun reported that royal insiders believe that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex plan on spending more time in Windsor.

However, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were reported to have been interested in Frogmore themselves. The couple are said to have viewed homes nearby as they consider a ‘potential move’ in the summer with their three children.

Prince William and Prince Harry also said to be working on improving their bond with regular video calls and messages and are ‘very much back on their old buddy terms’.

An insider explained the tension between the two brothers since the Duke of Sussex, 37, moved to California and quit his role in the royal family is being left in the past as they are now in frequent contact alongside their respective children.

The Brooksbanks have now packed up and moved out for Prince Harry, his wife Meghan and their two children, Archie and Lilibet

The Brooksbanks have now packed up and moved out for Prince Harry, his wife Meghan and their two children, Archie and Lilibet

Frogmore Cottage is only a short drive away from the Queen’s private apartments at Windsor Castle

Frogmore Cottage is only a short drive away from the Queen’s private apartments at Windsor Castle

The source told The Mirror that Harry and William are having one-to-ones without their wives.

They said: ‘The brothers needed time for everything to settle down. The family, including William, had been disappointed in the way Harry and Meghan chose to leave the royal family.

‘But now there is a strong feeling that what happened is in the past and that they have moved on… It seems that the two of them have healed the rift and are very much back on their old buddy terms.’

Ahead of this week’s Jubilee celebrations, the Queen is set to meet the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s daughter Lilibet  for the first time at the soon-to-be one-year-old’s birthday party on Saturday.

The 96-year-old monarch, who Lilibet is named after, is likely to miss her favourite sporting event, the Derby horse races at Epsom, for the little one’s birthday.

Since she was born on 4 June 2021, parents Prince Harry and Meghan have only been to the UK once, in a fleeting visit where they made a detour to see Her Majesty while on their way to the Invictus Games in The Hague in April.

In their first trip to the UK with Archie and Lilibet, Harry, 37, and Meghan, 40, are going to stay at the property during their four-day trip over to the UK for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Prince Harry and Prince William (pictured with their wives in March 2020) have 'healed' their rift with WhatsApp messages and FaceTime calls, according to a source

Prince Harry and Prince William (pictured with their wives in March 2020) have ‘healed’ their rift with WhatsApp messages and FaceTime calls, according to a source

An insider explained the tension between the two brothers (pictured) since the Duke of Sussex, 37, moved to California and quit his role in the royal family is being left in the past as they are now in frequent contact alongside their respective children

An insider explained the tension between the two brothers (pictured) since the Duke of Sussex, 37, moved to California and quit his role in the royal family is being left in the past as they are now in frequent contact alongside their respective children 

Baby Lilibet, was born in California unlike her brother Archie, three, who was born at London’s Portland Hospital, a Royal favourite. The Queen met Archie two days after he was born on 6 May 2019.

The couple are staying at Frogmore Cottage for the Jubilee, where Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank have been living while the Sussexes live in California. 

And Eugenie has made it her home, having recently redecorated the cottage to suit her own style.

Frogmore was converted into one home in 2019 for Harry and Meghan, having previously been five separate properties for staff working on the Windsor Estate.

The whole renovation famously cost the Sovereign Grant £2.4million.

The family home is thought to have five bedrooms, a kitchen, a sitting room and a nursery first designed for Archie.

The Queen will meet the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's daughter Lilibet, pictured right, for the first time at the soon-to-be one-year-old's birthday party during Jubilee celebrations next weekend. Archie is pictured left with Prince Harry

The Queen will meet the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s daughter Lilibet, pictured right, for the first time at the soon-to-be one-year-old’s birthday party during Jubilee celebrations next weekend. Archie is pictured left with Prince Harry

Eugenie has previously shared glimpses of her interior redesign on Instagram. One photo of Mr Brooksbank asleep with August on his chest showed a neutral room with a white linen sofa, beige panelled walls and bohemian cream and black scatter cushions.

Eugenie has also been pictured sitting on a cream sofa in front of a blue painted bookshelf in another room. This time there was far more colour with red, fluffy trimmed cushions and a small green cushion with the personalised embroidery ‘August born in February’.

Other photos posted have shown a kitchen with white painted cabinets and a white tiled floor.

The Queen has extended an olive branch to Harry and Meghan, who will join the royal family to celebrate the monarch’s historic Platinum Jubilee during the national Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday.

The 96-year-old monarch, who Lilibet is named after, is likely to miss her favourite sporting event, the Derby horse races at Epsom, for the little one's birthday. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh pictured meeting their great grandson, Archie, two days after he was born on 6 May 2019

The 96-year-old monarch, who Lilibet is named after, is likely to miss her favourite sporting event, the Derby horse races at Epsom, for the little one’s birthday. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh pictured meeting their great grandson, Archie, two days after he was born on 6 May 2019

As revealed by the Daily Mail on Saturday, it is understood that the Sussexes are likely to attend at least one other public engagement – although sources have warned that the public should ‘not expect them at every event’.

Sources say the 96-year-old monarch is ‘looking forward’ to seeing her great-grandchildren, Archie and Lilibet.

The Queen is likely to spend time with the family privately on Saturday, when Lilibet celebrates her first birthday.

Frogmore Cottage is only a short drive away from the Queen’s private apartments at Windsor Castle. 

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