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Royal experts question Harry and Meghan for ‘shutting window and waving’ at crowd

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Royal biographer Angela Levin wondered today whether Harry and Meghan’s decision to close their windows yesterday to greet crowds was in line with their fears over their safety and a perceived promise to keep themselves unobtrusive in the UK.

Ms. Levin, a royal commentator and author of several biographies of senior members of the family, lashed out at the couple during an interview on Talk TV.

She said she was “very angry” when the pair were seen with their windows down as they toured the crowd near Buckingham Palace. Meghan was seen waving as they passed passersby.

Ms Levin said they had ‘fought for more safety’, but they seemed happy ‘to roll down the window and wave’.

The couple have been denied 24-hour, 7-day-a-week armed protection from British police after stepping down as working royals. Harry is taking legal action against the Home Office over the decision.

Harry has since claimed that he doesn’t feel safe bringing his family to the UK and was ‘not able to return home’ for fear it would be too dangerous. He had even offered to pay British police bodyguards himself, but the Met said their officers cannot be paid.

However, the Queen sent a car and a security detail to pick up Harry and Meghan and their children Archie and Lilibet when they landed at Farnborough Airport earlier this week after flying in from their home in America.

The Duchess of Sussex, 40, was in a good mood as she stared and waved out the window, with a more reserved Harry, 37, peeking over her shoulder.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex reportedly told the Queen before their arrival in the UK earlier this week that they would keep a low profile and only appear at public gatherings.

The couple had no place on the balcony of Buckingham Palace with senior members of the royal family yesterday because they no longer work as royals.

Instead, they were pictured enjoying the scenes from a balcony on Horse Guards Parade.

Royal biographer Angela Levin reprimanded Harry and Meghan yesterday for greeting crowds from their car windows amid ongoing rows over their personal safety.

The pair made a low-key appearance at the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations and were unable to sit on the Buckingham Palace balcony with senior members of the royal family as they no longer work royals.  Instead, they were pictured enjoying the scenes from a balcony on Horse Guards Parade.  Above: The couple speak to the Duke of Kent, the Queen's cousin, from the balcony where they watched the celebrations

The pair made a low-key appearance at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations and were unable to sit on the Buckingham Palace balcony with senior members of the royal family as they no longer work royals. Instead, they were pictured enjoying the scenes from a balcony on Horse Guards Parade. Above: The couple speak to the Duke of Kent, the Queen’s cousin, from the balcony where they watched the celebrations

Ms. Levin said: ‘I felt when I saw what you’re doing here, you were irrelevant.

‘Why are you here. I was very angry when they opened the window of their car.

“They are people fighting for more security, the utmost security, but they were happy to roll down the window and wave. Why do they do that?

‘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. Why would you want to do that?’

Ms Levin also targeted Meghan, who she said had “absolutely destroyed the royal family.”

“She has made it very difficult for senior members who have the discipline not to fight back in public,” she added.

‘My instinct was: what are you doing here. I don’t think you can destroy someone and show up with a smile.’

However, Meghan Markle’s friend Omid Scobie, who wrote the Finding Freedom biography of her and Prince Harry, insisted that the couple wanted to be as “unobtrusive as possible” during their trip.

He told the BBC today: ‘It’s almost hard to believe, but I think yesterday at Trooping the Color was a great example. We haven’t really seen them on TV cameras.

“There were some grainy pictures of them online, but that’s as far as it goes.”

The video of the couple emerged when the Queen was seen returning to Windsor Castle on Thursday afternoon, having kicked off her platinum anniversary and joining senior royals on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

Building manager Emily Sevenoaks, 28, said she had no idea it was the Sussexes when she decided to start filming on Cleveland Row in St James, central London.

“I honestly had no idea it was them,” she told MailOnline, “I heard police escorts and flew over with the camera ready and then I realized halfway through filming… I was very lucky!”

She said the black Audi and police escort had emerged from the gated Stable Yard road, which leads to Clarence House and St James’s Palace.

The Duchess of Sussex, 40, was delighted as she stared out the window, with a more reserved Harry, 37, peeking over her shoulder as they passed through crowds of royal fans near Buckingham Palace at around 12:20pm

The Duchess of Sussex, 40, was delighted as she stared out the window, with a more reserved Harry, 37, peeking over her shoulder as they passed through crowds of royal fans near Buckingham Palace at around 12:20pm

The Duchess of Sussex, 40, was in high spirits as she stared and waved out the window, with a more reserved Harry, 37, peeking over her shoulder

Meghan waves from the window of her car

The Duchess of Sussex, 40, was in high spirits as she stared and waved out the window, with a more reserved Harry, 37, peeking over her shoulder

The pair are said to be on their way to Buckingham Palace for the historic flypast, which will feature 71 aircraft.

Social media users were quick to respond to the clip, with one Twitter user stating, “Her smile says, ‘I’m baaaackk b*****s.’ [Sic]†

Others said Harry looked ‘stressed out’, while another added: ‘Harry is already wary. Look at his face.’

Tougher critics mocked Meghan for rolling down the car window after Harry recently claimed he ‘couldn’t go home’ from Los Angeles because the UK was too dangerous.

One Twitter user said: “If you’re terrified of security vulnerabilities, but still choose to pull down the window for a photo-op in the Queen’s procession.”

The Audi car Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were in with blacked out windows as they drove through the London shopping center with two police stations inside, followed by another three just behind them

The Audi car Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were in with blacked out windows as they drove through the London shopping center with two police stations inside, followed by another three just behind them

The car that followed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex as he drove through The Mall contained three Met police officers

The car that followed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex as he drove through The Mall contained three Met police officers

The Sussexes were banned from the balcony of Buckingham Palace yesterday, following Megxit’s lead, but did join other members of the royal family in the major-general’s office overlooking the Horse Guards Parade in central London for Trooping the Colour.

An animated Meghan appeared to playfully ‘appease’ a group of young royals as they stood in front of a window overlooking the parade, while Harry later mimicked the gesture in a separate photo.

Although their appearance put an end to months of speculation about whether the Sussexes would attend the platinum anniversary party, there was no sign of their children Archie and Lilibet, who would also be in the UK.

Today, the couple will attend Thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral.

It will be the first time they attend an event alongside other senior royals – including Prince Charles, Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge – since the 2020 Commonwealth Day service, which was their last official engagement.

Harry attended Prince Philip’s funeral last April and then reunited with his brother Prince William to unveil a statue of their mother Princess Diana at Kensington Palace.

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