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Harry and Meghan’s entourage were seen with a blue child-size scooter and wooden swing set which looked similar to the one gifted to William and Kate by Prince Charles

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex appear to have come home with presents from their family after they left the Platinum Jubilee before festivities ended on Sunday and missed the Queen on the balcony. 

A member of their team was seen carrying a wooden swing with rope coming out of it and covered by a blue wrapping as Harry and Meghan’s team loaded their luggage from Santa Barbara Airport as their private jet touched down on Sunday evening. 

Another assistant was seen reaching for a blue scooter that was sitting on top of a suitcase to put it into an SUV which further indicated that Lilibet and Archie, who were not seen during the Jubilee, accompanied their parents. 

It was also reported that the Queen did meet her namesake for the first time as the Sussexes joined Her Majesty on Thursday or Friday and was invited to Lilibet’s first birthday at Frogmore Cottage. 

During their visit to mark Her Majesty’s 70 year reign, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were seen rarely – once was at the Trooping of the Colour and another time at St Paul’s Thanksgiving Service – and had no official role during the festivities. 

Harry and Meghan's entourage were seen with a blue child-size scooter (pictured) and wooden swing set which looked eerily similar to the one gifted to William and Kate by Prince Charles

Harry and Meghan’s entourage were seen with a blue child-size scooter (pictured) and wooden swing set which looked eerily similar to the one gifted to William and Kate by Prince Charles

Another assistant was seen reaching for a blue scooter that was sitting on top of a suitcase and though Lilibet and Archie were not seen during the Jubilee baby equipment could be seen being offloaded

Another assistant was seen reaching for a blue scooter that was sitting on top of a suitcase and though Lilibet and Archie were not seen during the Jubilee baby equipment could be seen being offloaded

Prince Harry looking glum as him and Meghan Markle returned to California. Here he can be seen wiping his eye after their private jet trip

Prince Harry looking glum as him and Meghan Markle returned to California. Here he can be seen wiping his eye after their private jet trip

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral on Friday

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday

Prince George standing on a swing, pictured at the family home in Norfolk back in 2016. The swing has the engravings of the Duchess and Duke of Cambridge's names William and Catherine

Prince George standing on a swing, pictured at the family home in Norfolk back in 2016. The swing has the engravings of the Duchess and Duke of Cambridge’s names William and Catherine 

Harry and Meghan’s Platinum Jubilee

WEDNESDAY

The Sussexes land in Britain on a private jet. The Queen sent three of her own protection officers, her royal Land Rover and a bullet-proof VW people carrier to meet the family at Farnborough Airport, taking them to Frogmore Cottage.

THURSDAY

A Range Rover with a modest escort swept them in to Central London and onto Whitehall, where they took up position in the Major General’s Office overlooking the parade ground ready for the other royals to arrive.

Among the first to greet them were Princess Beatrice and her husband, Edo, as well as the queen’s grandson Peter Phillips.

Meghan was seen kissing his elder daughter, Savannah, 11, as his younger daughter, Isla, 10, held Zara and Mike Tindall’s younger daughter Lena, almost four.

Meghan, wearing a large wide-brimmed navy and white hat, put her finger mysteriously to her lips as the girls mimicked her, laughing.

Her husband, Prince Harry, 37, who looked tanned in a lounge suit rather than military uniform, was also seen later entering into the spirit of things, apparently urging Lena to ‘shush’.

The couple were later seen chatting to the Queen’s cousin, the Duke of Kent, 86, before he left the family gathering to join the monarch at Buckingham Palace, where they took the returning military salute together.

FRIDAY

The couple went to St Paul’s Cathedral for the morning’s service celebrating the Queen.

The couple arrived after the Earl and Countess of Wessex, and their two children, and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie along with their husbands.

Harry and Meghan held hands and were smiling broadly as they walked up the steps of the cathedral, while cheers and some boos could be heard from the crowd.

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The Duke of Cambridge and his wife Kate sat on the front row alongside Prince Charles and Camilla, who were representing the absent Queen at the Service of Thanksgiving for her 70-year reign.

But Harry and Meghan were placed on the opposite side of the aisle, half-way down a second row of seats, along with other lower-ranking, non-working royals.

There was no chance for the once-close siblings to talk as William, 39, and Kate, 40, were part of the main party.

They arrived after Harry, 37, and Meghan, 40, were seated and left before them in order to attend a post-service reception at the nearby Guildhall.

Notably, the California-based Sussexes were the only members of the extensive royal party who were absent from the second event.

SATURDAY

Instead of attending the concert at Buckingham Palace, Harry and Meghan celebrated their daughter Lilibet’s first birthday in Windsor on Saturday with a ‘relaxed’ birthday party —with royal second cousins invited to the festivities.

The little girl’s birthday party was open to Zara and Mike Tindall’s three children, Mia, eight, Lena, three, and Lucas, one, as well as Savannah, 11, and Isla, 10, daughters of Peter Phillips and Autumn Kelly.

The Queen was also rumoured to have been invited – but it is claimed that she met her great-granddaughter for the first time on Thursday or Friday.

SUNDAY

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their children reportedly flew out of Farnborough Airport at 1.30pm yesterday, an hour before the Jubilee Pageant began.

The California-based couple are believed to have been driven from Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, where they were staying, at lunchtime.

They landed in the US at around 5pm, LA time.

 

In 2016, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s son Prince George was seen playfully enjoying a wooden swing set that bore his parents’ names William and Catherine. 

The wooden roped-set was a wedding present from Prince Charles to the couple and was installed in their countryside home in Norfolk. 

In pictures taken on Sunday of Harry and Meghan’s luggage being unloaded as they landed back in California yesterday, an assistant was also seen carrying a wooden swing after the couple spent most of their time at their Windsor residence. 

Harry was pictured looking particularly glum as they landed back in California yesterday – with royal experts saying the sixth in line to the throne appeared angry, anxious and very uncomfortable during ‘fleeting glimpses’ of him and his wife during the UK visit. 

On Thursday they were relegated to the Major General’s Office with minor royals for the Trooping the Colour, where they were photographed playfully shushing children. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will have been ‘really fed up’ at being sidelined by the palace’s ‘men in suits’ they have been so scathing about since quitting in 2020, it has been claimed.

And as they were met with some booing at their only public appearance at St Paul’s on Friday, the couple will have learned that the British public believe being a royal is ‘about service, not about self’, one critic said. 

Harry stopped to chat for a few moments with the Archbishop of York at the Thanksgiving Service but was not seen greeting his brother Prince William and his sister-in-law Kate. 

Another told MailOnline: ‘Their attitude seems to be if we’re not centre stage we don’t really want to be here’

Instead they spent most of their stay at Frogmore Cottage with their children and hosted a ‘relaxed’ party for Lilibet’s first birthday at the Windsor residence, believed to be attended by the one-year-old’s British cousins.

The Sussexes arrived back in California at 6pm on Sunday. Equipment that appeared to be a high chair was seen being offloaded from the plane. Harry was then photographed in the passenger seat of a black Range Rover that had arrived to transport the family home, and looked very serious after almost five days away from the US.

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The Duke and Duchess did not attend the Platinum Party and stayed in Windsor alongside the Queen to reportedly watch the concert with Her Majesty. 

Harry and Meghan then drove, according to The Sun, to Farnborough Airport at 1.30pm, an hour before the Pageant started at 2.30pm and made their way back to California.

This was hours before the Queen – who sources say was ‘determined’ to bravely overcame her painful mobility issues – returned to Buckingham Palace to personally thank the thousands of well-wishers in the crowd who had turned out to express their own gratitude.

She was flanked by her three heirs – son, Prince Charles, grandson, Prince William, and great-grandson, Prince George – offering a glimpse into the monarchy’s future.

The Platinum Jubilee Pageant was an afternoon of entertainment for members of the royal family, who all sat together alongside their siblings and cousins.

The parade told the story of her life, and the nation, with an eccentric, fun and imaginative carnival-like display.

An insider said: ‘There was no fanfare, they just went. They didn’t stick around for the Platinum Jubilee pageant which is a celebration of Britain and all of its quirks and eccentricities over the Queen’s 70 year reign.’

Before the festivities started an aide told The Telegraph: ‘The media might try to make them prominent, but in reality they are not going to be playing a prominent role. A line has been drawn.’

The 96-year-old monarch was absent for much of the extended Bank Holiday weekend, after finding the first day enjoyable but tiring, and in a message of thanks acknowledged this but said her ‘heart’ had been with well-wishers.

Surrounded by her family, including Prince Charles, Camilla, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, George, Charlotte and Louis, she was cheered by thousands of well-wishers after stepping on to the balcony following the Platinum Pageant, which told the story of her life, and the nation, with an eccentric, fun and imaginative carnival-like display.

Smiling as she acknowledged the spectators, she looked down on The Mall where tens of thousands had waited in hope of seeing her.

Confident George sits on the inscribed swing in the Amner Hall garden, holding on tightly

Confident George sits on the inscribed swing in the Amner Hall garden, holding on tightly

Harry and Meghan's team seen loading precious cargo as they arrive back in California after attending the Queen's Jubilee celebrations in London

Harry and Meghan’s team seen loading precious cargo as they arrive back in California after attending the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations in London

More items are seen like a wrapped up rectangular item while a rope sits nearby with more luggage

More items are seen like a wrapped up rectangular item while a rope sits nearby with more luggage 

The private jet that the couple took is seen flanked by SUVs as Harry and Meghan's luggage is unloaded

The private jet that the couple took is seen flanked by SUVs as Harry and Meghan’s luggage is unloaded 

The couple's plane taxied head first into a hangar and it was not possible to see them depart the aircraft

The couple’s plane taxied head first into a hangar and it was not possible to see them depart the aircraft

The Queen said later in her message: ‘When it comes to how to mark seventy years as your Queen, there is no guidebook to follow. It really is a first. But I have been humbled and deeply touched that so many people have taken to the streets to celebrate my Platinum Jubilee.

‘While I may not have attended every event in person, my heart has been with you all; and I remain committed to serving you to the best of my ability, supported by my family.

‘I have been inspired by the kindness, joy and kinship that has been so evident in recent days, and I hope this renewed sense of togetherness will be felt for many years to come.

‘I thank you most sincerely for your good wishes and for the part you have all played in these happy celebrations.’

This was not her only surpises with her Paddington appearance seen as a much welcome appearance by the Queen.

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A palace aide told the Sun: ‘As you saw she likes to spring a few surprises.’

After the outpouring of public affection during her balcony appearance, the Queen said she was ‘humbled and deeply touched’ so many people had taken part in marking her 70-year reign.

Investigative journalist Tom Bower, who is working on a biography of Meghan, told MailOnline that the Sussexes had been ‘trounced’ on their return to the UK.

He said: ‘I think Palace officials were unusually skilful in managing the Sussexes. Just enough exposure to please the Queen but at the same time so limited to show them that they have been sidelined. Harry’s grim expression exposed and confirmed the troubles he now faces. Meghan now faces problems about her status. Netflix are left with a problem: The Sussexes are no longer stars’.

Harry’s biographer Angela Levin said the couple were probably kept apart from Prince Charles and Prince William because of their ongoing rift and fears any private conversations could end up in Harry’s memoirs or on a US TV chat show.

She said: ‘I do wonder if they [Harry and Meghan] decided: “We’ve had enough of this, let’s go early”. I think they were furious. I think they believed they would come back and be welcomed with open arms – but the truth is that the world, and the Royal Family, has moved on without them. They thought that everyone would drop everything for them, but they didn’t’.

She added: ‘When Harry arrived at St Paul’s, he had a growling face. It was there throughout. They were really really fed up. William and Charles have grown closer – they have filled the gap left by Harry, that must be hard for him. I suspect his brother and father will have been worried about speaking to him in private in case it ends up in his memoirs or on US TV’.

Queen Elizabeth II waves to the crowd during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant from the balcony at Buckingham Palace in London

Queen Elizabeth II waves to the crowd during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant from the balcony at Buckingham Palace in London

A royal themed float due to be used in the Pageant waiting in Westminster this morning, June 5, 2022

A royal themed float due to be used in the Pageant waiting in Westminster this morning, June 5, 2022

People set up the tables for the Big Jubilee Lunch on The Long Walk in Windsor on June 5, 2022

People set up the tables for the Big Jubilee Lunch on The Long Walk in Windsor on June 5, 2022

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince George of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Louis of Cambridge on the balcony during the Platinum Pageant

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince George of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Louis of Cambridge on the balcony during the Platinum Pageant

Royal author Phil Dampier told MailOnline: ‘Their attitude seems to be if we’re not centre stage we don’t really want to be here.

‘They must realise they are no longer popular with the general public, and travelling in and out by private jet hardly helps their so-called green credentials.

‘I’m afraid that all the time Harry is writing a book and making Netflix fly on the wall programmes, Charles and William will not trust him. They would worry that any in depth conversations would be repeated in the media, and so I’m sure they are keeping him at arms length for the time’.

And after the Sussexes were met with some boos at St Paul’s on Friday, commentator Richard Fitzwilliams said: ‘This was about the Queen and the future of the monarchy, which they opted out of as senior working royals. Yet they owe their entire profile and contracts to the institution. This fabulous four days showed now strong it is and also how wrong they were to do the interview on Oprah, which caused it to lose support among the young and ethnic minorities and aired when Prince Philip was ill.

‘The Sussexes should have learnt a lesson over the last few days. When it actually comes to capturing hearts and minds it is about service, not about self’.

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