Harry And Meghan Could Reunite With The Royals Despite New Biography Drama

Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee in June 2022 was a resounding success on a number of fronts. Not only were the parades and concerts a thrilling spectacle, the anniversary celebration also marked a possible turning point in the ongoing drama between Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and his family. Thanks to a carefully planned strategy to keep Harry and Meghan in the background of the jubilee, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were able to attend the milestone weekend without stealing focus. They were even able to introduce the queen to her namesake great-granddaughter, Lilibet Diana. 

Although Harry and Meghan's visit was brief, it seems to have set the stage for a longer reunion. According to sources who spoke to The U.S. Sun, the queen has included them on the family guest list to join her at Balmoral during her annual 10-week summer vacation. The grand Scottish estate has been the royals' getaway spot for 150 years, per People, and they enjoy spending some leisure time riding, hunting, and picnicking on the 50,000-acre grounds.

"Staff have been told to expect the full list of royals including Harry, Meghan and their children Archie and Lilibet," an insider told the outlet. "They are preparing for the Sussexes." 

It's a meaningful gesture on Her Majesty's part — but also a startling one, considering its timing. The invitation coincides with the publication of the much-buzzed-about biography that shows no love for Harry and Meghan.

Could a Balmoral retreat be a welcome escape for Harry and Meghan?

The new book, "Revenge: Harry, Meghan and the War Between the Windsors," is getting plenty of attention in both British and American media for its no-holds-barred take on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. According to Parade, many of the more shocking revelations center on Meghan, whom author Tom Bower presents as nasty, ambitious, and drama-loving. Bower himself has admitted that his royal biography has a sinister agenda: to "hasten the downward trend" of a couple whose popularity is on the decline (via Newsweek).

While Queen Elizabeth has surely been informed of the negative buzz surrounding Harry and Meghan, she nonetheless is welcoming them to spend time with her at Balmoral. (The queen will probably be living at her private lodge on the grounds until the castle closes to visitors in August, per People). Though one source is doubtful that Harry and Meghan will take the queen up on her invite, another insider disagrees. They told The .S. Sun, "Balmoral is the perfect place for them to spend a little bit of quality time with the queen. They barely had 15 minutes with her at the jubilee."

Harry and Meghan haven't been to Balmoral since 2018. A week or two in the country would not only give the Sussexes that precious time with the aging grandmother, it would also be an escape from the media chatter over the book. Sounds like a plan to us.