Experts Have Questions About Meghan And Harry's Behavior Surrounding Security Concerns

The Platinum Jubilee celebrates 70 years of Queen Elizabeth II ruling over Britain, but, despite everything happening in her honor, all eyes are on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry who traveled back to the United Kingdom to attend the event. 

The celebrity couple defected from the royal family in early 2020 and have since opened up, particularly in their groundbreaking Oprah Winfrey interview, about just how tough life was inside the monarchy. The Jubilee marks the first time the Sussexes and their two children will be around much of the royal family since leaving and setting up their home base in California, per Sky News.

Regardless, Queen Elizabeth welcomed Meghan and Harry back to the UK amid the Jubilee drama, with the long-reigning monarch being adamant about putting her best foot forward. The couple only confirmed that they were attending last month. 

Harry admitted during an appearance on "Today" (via NBC News) that he and Meghan were doing their best to work things out so the queen could finally meet her namesake great-granddaughter, Lilibet, but there were security issues to figure out first.

The prince was locked in a dispute with the Home Office over police protection since the British government prohibited him from obtaining his own — even though it wouldn't provide security for the family anymore since the Sussexes are no longer working royals. Everything clearly worked out, since the celebrity couple has made it safely over. 

But royal experts are questioning whether Meghan and Harry really felt as at-risk as they were letting on.

The Sussexes didn't appear too concerned about security in London, says an expert

During an appearance on Talk TV, royal author Angela Levin suggested that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's behavior at the Platinum Jubilee contradicted their previous assertions about security concerns. The Daily Mail reports that Levin claimed it didn't make sense that the Sussexes "fought for more security" but were then seen rolling down the window of their car so they could wave to fans while passing them in the street. 

The couple is notably staying in their old home, Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, throughout the Jubilee. The Irish Sun confirmed that Harry's beloved grandmother sent her Range Rover and three protection officers to pick up the Sussex family from the airport, with a source noting simply, "The Queen believed it was the right thing to do."

Describing the royal defectors as "irrelevant," Levin accused them of attention-seeking, despite the fact that Meghan and Harry have stayed mostly under the radar since arriving in Britain. People noted that the duo was absent from the photo-op on the balcony that occurred during the Trooping the Colour since the queen decided it would only be a moment for active members of the royal family. Instead, they was photographed through a window and seen having fun with some of the children in attendance. 

"Harry said he felt like he was in a zoo [when he was a working royal] so what he was doing waving to all the people," she argued. "Why would you want to do that?" As far as the royal expert is concerned, the celebrity couple shouldn't have trashed the royal family if they were going to turn up and play happy families now.

Prince Harry wouldn't agree to come over without certain reassurances

Security experts recently explained why Meghan Markle and Prince Harry might hide out during the Platinum Jubilee, citing their highly publicized issues with protection across the pond. Ahead of returning to their previous home, Harry was reportedly reassured that they wouldn't be putting themselves at risk. The Mirror confirmed that the celebrity couple was always happy to attend the Jubilee, but the family's safety came first. 

"He has been in constant contact with the relevant parties and made it very clear that he wouldn't travel without receiving cast iron assurances over the safety of his family," an insider revealed. Thus, once the prince's fears had been calmed, he was happy to proceed.

Meghan and Harry briefly reunited with the queen while en route to the Netherlands for the Invictus Games but promised they would bring the kids to see her ASAP. In fact, as sources told the New York Post, if it were up to them, no part of the royal reunion would take place in public. 

Despite concerns over the Sussexes stealing the spotlight, insiders claim that all they want to do is celebrate with the queen and spend some quality time with her. Considering how close Frogmore is to Windsor Castle, this should be relatively easy. As a source told the Mirror, "They aren't even bringing a press team. It's all very low key. Whoever is being hysterical needs to have a cup of tea and calm down."