The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are due to attend a service at the cathedral early next month as part of Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee year celebrations, their biographer said on Friday.
Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, stepped down from their royal duties and moved to California in early 2021. Since then, they have only visited the UK together once.
Omid Scobie, co-author of a favorable biography of the couple, told reporters in London: ‘We will definitely see Harry and Megan at the Thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral.
The June 3 service will be “truly the first official moment” when the couple join in the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, he said.
“It’s really what they planned from the start,” Scobie said, calling the Jubilee events a “sneak peek” into the future of the Royal Family.
The service in the historic cathedral where Harry’s father married Lady Diana Spencer in 1981 is designed to thank the Queen’s long reign and one of the main events of four days of public celebrations.
British newspapers had reported that Harry and Meghan were likely to attend the service, but Scobie’s comment will be taken as confirmation, given his close bond.
The Queen’s disgraced second son, Prince Andrew – who earlier this year settled a US civil suit for sexual assault – is also said to be planning to go.
Scobie said the public could witness a “special moment” of the Queen meeting Meghan and Harry’s two children, Lilibet and Archie, her great-grandchildren.
Lilibet – who turns one on June 4 – never met her 96-year-old great-grandmother nicknamed when she was little.
He added that there were rumors that Harry and Meghan would organize Lilibet’s christening in the UK, but as far as he knew it would not happen during the Jubilee events.
Harry and Meghan’s decision to move to North America, for their privacy and financial independence, has sent shockwaves through the royal family.
But it was compounded by public criticism of the couple, including in a TV interview when they accused an unnamed senior royal of racism.
The palace is preparing for more potential revelations from Harry in an upcoming autobiography.
In April, Harry and Meghan made their first joint trip to the UK since emigrating, seeing the Queen privately during an air visit.
Scobie said Harry and Meghan “will not be stepping out” on the balcony of Buckingham Palace alongside prominent members of the Royal Family on June 2 to watch the Trooping of the Color and a flypast.
But he said they could make a “surprise appearance” on June 5, when the Queen could once again emerge on the balcony with members of her family.
The Queen has recently suffered from health issues which could affect her participation in national events marking her record 70th year on the throne.
British media reported on Friday that she had traveled to her Scottish estate of Balmoral for a short break ahead of the celebrations.