Security Experts Explain Why Meghan And Harry Might Hide Out During Platinum Jubilee

Royal watchers may have been surprised to learn that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had made the decision to travel to the UK with their kids Archie and Lilbet for Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee celebration marking 70 years on the throne. After all, Meghan famously skipped Prince Philip's funeral — although to be fair, she was very pregnant at the time (via Page Six). And, the couple also chose not to attend the memorial service held to honor the royal a year after his passing over security concerns, which left some fans feeling rather angry with the prince (via Marie Claire).

But, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex confirmed they met with the Queen for a surprise visit this spring, while abroad for the Invictus Games (via Today). So perhaps the family has smoothed things over in private following a very public fallout after Meghan and Harry's infamous Oprah Winfrey interview. Still, as True Royalty TV founder Nick Bullen claimed about the ex-royals' visit for the Platinum Jubilee, apparently some members of the family were feeling a little on edge over the upcoming reunion (via Yahoo! Sports).

No matter — because reportedly, Harry and Meghan have already promised the monarch not to create drama and allow her milestone celebration to take center stage. As such, they will not attend all of the planned events. Will fans even get a chance to see them?

Prince Harry has been laser focused on security all along

Publicly, it seems all is well between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the royal family, with a spokesperson telling Newsweek previously, "Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are excited and honored to attend The Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations this June with their children."

But tensions may already be running high with the announcement that since the California residents are no longer working members of the royal family, they have not been asked to appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for the Trooping the Colour alongside Prince William, Kate Middleton and their three kids. Still, Meghan and Harry are expected to attend some of the festivities, with Harry having said before the visit that the family was in the process of evaluating security concerns before committing to anything specific.

Now, security experts are talking about where the Sussex family may be while the rest of the family is in the spotlight.

Frogmore Cottage is Meghan and Harry's safe place

It was already planned that Meghan, Harry, Archie and Lilibet would be staying at Frogmore Cottage during their visit (via Daily Mail). As The UK Sun reports, the couple actually renewed their lease on the property, meaning the family's visit for the Platinum Jubilee won't be their last. Meanwhile, the location of the cottage — just a short walk to where Queen Elizabeth lives — also suggests that the former royals can visit with the monarch away from paparazzi. 

The Daily Mail reports that since Meghan and Harry will not receive full protection during their stay, with the UK having jurisdiction over the couple's US-based personal security team, hanging out at Frogmore Cottage for most of the celebration makes even more sense from their perspective. As Simon Morgan, who used to work as a royal protection officer, told the outlet, "If they are staying at Frogmore Cottage they are going to be extremely secure there and that may be why they are not doing anything away from the main Platinum Jubilee events because they will not have protection for that."

To that end, royal fans may only see Meghan and Harry — and hopefully the kids — at the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral and the BBC's Party at the Palace, which take place on Friday and Saturday respectively. It's also likely that the parents of two will celebrate Lilibet's first birthday at Frogmore Cottage, where security is 24/7, this upcoming weekend.