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Royal family risks reputational damage by admitting Harry and Meghan to Jubilee, polls show

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The majority of people believe the royal family has suffered reputational damage after Harry and Meghan attended the first day of the Queen’s platinum jubilee celebrations today, a poll shows.

The Duchess of Sussex, 40, joined her husband Prince Harry, 37, and royals, including William and Kate, this afternoon to watch Trooping the Color from the Major General’s office overlooking the Whitehall parade ground.

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

Their performance, the first official royal engagement in more than two years, put an end to months of speculation about whether they would attend the celebrations.

However, they were absent when the Queen, Prince Charles, the Cambridges and their children watched the skies from the balcony of Buckingham Palace, while children Archie and Lilibet were also not seen.

A poll shows that Britons believe their presence could endanger reputational damage for the royal family.

The poll, conducted by OnePoll, found that 54 percent of the 2,000 Britons it polled think Harry and Meghan should have stayed away from the celebrations. GB News items.

A smiling Meghan Markle looks out the window as she and Prince Harry tour the crowd near Buckingham Palace today

Harry and Meghan's anniversary performance marks their first official engagement in over two years.  They are expected to bring three-year-old Archie and Lilibet, almost a year old

Harry and Meghan’s anniversary performance marks their first official engagement in over two years. They are expected to bring three-year-old Archie and Lilibet, almost a year old

Prince Harry also seemed to silence the same group of young royals when they appeared at the window to watch Trooping the Color

Prince Harry also seemed to silence the same group of young royals when they appeared at the window to watch Trooping the Color

The royal family, without Prince Andrew, Harry and Meghan pictured today on the balcony of Buckingham Palace

The royal family, without Prince Andrew, Harry and Meghan pictured today on the balcony of Buckingham Palace

The Red Arrows pictured during their flypast over Buckingham Palace earlier today as thousands gathered along The Mall

The Red Arrows pictured during their flypast over Buckingham Palace earlier today as thousands gathered along The Mall

Another 58 percent said the couple will not be allowed to film Netflix content over the holiday weekend.

And just under a third said the issues and drama surrounding Harry and Meghan’s appearance made the platinum anniversary celebrations less enjoyable.

It comes after Meghan rolled down her car window and smiled at the watching crowd earlier in the day.

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

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 pair are said to be on their way to Buckingham Palace for the historic flypast, with 71 planes

Today’s poll also found that a large number of young adults do not feel patriotic or believe in the importance of the monarch.

Other findings included that 77 percent of respondents believed William will be a better king than his father Prince Charles.

2019 -- (From left) Albert Windsor, Prince William with Prince Louis, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Kate, Camilla, Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, Prince Charles, Princess Beatrice, Princess Anne, The Queen, Princess Eugenie, Lady Louise Windsor Prince Andrew, Prince Harry, Meghan, Isla Phillips, James Viscount Severn, Savannah Phillips, Peter Phillips, Autumn Phillips, Lyla Gilman, Eloise Taylor and Lady Helen Taylor stand with other members of the royal family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for the flight pass on June 8, 2019

2019 — (From left) Albert Windsor, Prince William with Prince Louis, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Kate, Camilla, Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, Prince Charles, Princess Beatrice, Princess Anne, The Queen, Princess Eugenie, Lady Louise Windsor Prince Andrew, Prince Harry, Meghan, Isla Phillips, James Viscount Severn, Savannah Phillips, Peter Phillips, Autumn Phillips, Lyla Gilman, Eloise Taylor and Lady Helen Taylor stand with other members of the royal family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for the flight pass on June 8, 2019

TODAY -- (From left to right) The Duke of Gloucester, Duchess of Gloucester, Princess Alexandra, Duke of Kent, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, The Princess Royal, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth II, the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, Prince George, the Duke of Cambridge, the Countess of Wessex, James Viscount Severn, Lady Louise Windsor and the Earl of Wessex (hidden) at Buckingham Palace today

TODAY — (From left to right) The Duke of Gloucester, Duchess of Gloucester, Princess Alexandra, Duke of Kent, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, The Princess Royal, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth II, the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, Prince George, the Duke of Cambridge, the Countess of Wessex, James Viscount Severn, Lady Louise Windsor and the Earl of Wessex (hidden) at Buckingham Palace today

Two-thirds also said the Queen was right to prevent Prince Andrew from appearing after his settlement with Virginia Giuffre.

It’s because the smaller lineup on the balcony of Buckingham Palace today was a clear indication that the royal family is shifting towards a slimmed-down monarchy, an expert said.

The Queen decided she only wanted to be joined by working royals to watch the flypast today as she focuses on those at the top of the line of succession.

There was room today for Prince Charles and Camilla; Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex; and Princess Anne and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence.

Others on the balcony were Prince William and Kate and their children Charlotte, Louis and George, and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Princess Alexandra.

But there was no sign of Prince Harry and Meghan after they quit as working royals in 2020, or Prince Andrew, who stepped down over his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein.

It contrasted sharply with the look of the Palace balcony for a flypast three years ago in June 2019, when it was packed with wider members of the royal family.

Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams told MailOnline today:

Harry and Meghan weren’t seen much at today’s ceremony. While the Queen believes they are beloved members of the royal family, she is fully aware of how unpredictable and erratic they can be.

“They rely completely on their royal connections for their contracts with Netflix and Spotify and their profile.

“Continuing the split is neither in their best interests nor in that of the royal family, but their interview with Oprah was deeply destructive and affected the popularity of the monarchy, especially among the young. It was also given while Prince Philip was ill.

“Their future status is as royal outsiders and the current balcony arrangement made this clear.”

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