The Royal Family will “breathe a sigh of relief “ if Prince Harry and Meghan Markle fail to make Prince Philip’s memorial, according to a royal expert.

The Duke and Duchess were expected to return to the UK this year to join the Queen and members of the Royal Family to celebrate Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee.

However, Harry raised concerns over security for him and his family if they visit the UK, throwing any future trips in doubt.

Royal expert Ingrid Seward claims the Royal Family will find “relief” at them potentially not attending the tribute to the late Duke of Edinburgh as she believes it would become the “Harry and Meghan show”.

Speaking to Fabulous, Ingrid said: "I think if they choose not to come then everyone will breathe a sigh of relief.

"It is thanks-giving for Prince Philip and we don't want it turning into the Harry and Meghan show."

A service for Philip is expected to be held in a Service of Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey at a date yet announced this spring.

Harry recently released a statement through his legal representative to reveal a bid for a judicial review had been submitted in September last year over police protection.

Since the Duke and Duchess of Sussex left their working roles with the Royal Family in 2020, they lost their right to police protection.

Harry has since offered to pay for police protection himself but that has been dismissed.

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The Duke had been planning to bring Meghan, Archie and Lilibet to the UK but was concerned over their safety.

A legal representative for Harry said in the statement: "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex personally fund a private security team for their family, yet that security cannot replicate the necessary police protection needed whilst in the UK.

"In the absence of such protection, Prince Harry and his family are unable to return to his home.”

The statement comes as a source to the Mirror reported that Prince Charles has invited the couple to stay with him on their return to the UK as he wants to spend time with his grandchildren.

Buckingham Palace has been contacted for comment.

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