What REALLY happened with the Jubilee seating plan?

What REALLY happened with the Jubilee seating plan?

June 9, 2022

What REALLY happened with the Jubilee seating plan? Our experts discuss all the latest news from the House of Windsor in our essential royal talk show Palace Confidential

  • Richard Eden says Jubilee seating may have been set up to stop Harry and Meghan appearing in photographs  
  • Victoria Murphy tells the programme  the seating plan would have been ‘decided in advance’
  • Robert Hardman, royal biographer and author, says the fact that Harry and Meghan ‘kept a pretty low profile’ was a positive thing for family relations

The seating plan at a key Platinum Jubilee event may have been set up to stop Harry and Meghan appearing in photographs with other senior members of the Royal Family, according to the Daily Mail’s Diary Editor Richard Eden.

Speaking on our royal talk show Palace Confidential, Eden speculates that other royals such as Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie may have been told to stay in their seats to avoid any unfortunate photographs appearing the in media afterwards.

‘There was a procession to leave the cathedral and it meant that Harry and Meghan were far behind,’ he says.

‘They had to wait for everyone else in their row to leave first so they couldn’t be photographed, they weren’t in the same shots as Prince Charles or the Cambridges.’

Royal correspondent and author Victoria Murphy tells the programme that she’s ‘sure’ that the seating plan would have been ‘decided in advance’.

Richard Eden, diary editor at Daily Mail, says that the seating plan for the key Platinum Jubilee event may have been set up to stop Harry and Meghan appearing in photographs with other senior royals

Richard (pictured) peculates that other royals such as Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie may have been told to stay in their seats to avoid any unfortunate photographs appearing the in media afterwards

‘It’s hard not to look at it as a sign, if not the distance between the brothers – that physical distance between them in that seating plan,’ she says. 

‘The whole weekend we haven’t had a picture of William and Harry in the same picture, apart from the wide shots in the cathedral.’

‘I think given that you had this weekend as an opportunity for the family to show unity and for everyone to show togetherness.

‘I think it is quite telling that clearly William and Harry did not consciously at any point make an effort to be seen side by side to be seen in the same frame’.

The fact that Harry and Meghan ‘kept a pretty low profile’ was a positive thing for family relations, believes royal biographer and author Robert Hardman.

‘They turned up at things they said they would turn up at and not at other things, and I think that would have gone a long way towards normalising their return to these shores,’ he says.

‘I think in a couple of years, it won’t even be newsworthy if they just pop back for something.’

Plus our panel look at all the other big stories over the past few days from Lilibet’s first birthday party to Prince Andrew’s absence from the celebrations.

And we look at some of our favourite moments from an unforgettable Platinum Jubilee weekend.

 

Royal correspondent and author Victoria Murphy tells the programme that she’s ‘sure’ that the seating plan would have been ‘decided in advance’

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