Queen plots ‘serious gamble’ by giving Meghan and Harry special honour, expert says

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The Queen has been less than impressed with her grandson Prince Harry this year.

Hours after Harry and Meghan Markle’s explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey, Her Majesty responded to the couple’s allegations saying, ‘some recollections may vary’.

Between Prince Philip’s sad passing and reportedly funding Prince Andrew’s defence against sexual assault claims, more drama from the Sussexes will not be welcome.

But as her Platinum Jubilee approaches – she’ll celebrate 70 years on the throne in 2022 – it seems the Duke and Duchess may still be in the Queen’s good books.

To mark the occasion, Her Majesty will award Platinum Jubilee medals to some of the royal family – and that includes Harry and Meghan!

Royal commentator and journalist Daniela Elser says the Queen’s choice to award Harry and Meghan could make the public turn against her.

Ms Elser wrote in news.com.au: “For the Queen, the decision to not rock the boat and to hew to what she did in 2012 [Harry received medals at the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilees], rather than listening to her people, therefore, pursuing a different approach, is a serious gamble.”

Harry and Meghan – who are reportedly planning a Christmas break to reunite with the Royals – are set to receive the honour, despite parting ways with the monarchy last year.

The pair moved from Britain to balmy Santa Barbara in California and have yet to introduce little Lilibet to her great grandmother.

They longer attend official engagements on the Queen’s behalf and have been less than complimentary about the Royal Family in recent months.

And it’s not gone unnoticed, as the Sussexes’ actions have seen their popularity plummet in the UK. According to recent YouGov polls, Harry’s dropped nearly 10% in September and Meghan’s fell to a shocking 26%.

Meanwhile, positive opinions of the royals in Britain dropped from 43% to 34% – the monarchy may be on thin ice with the public.

Along with Harry and Meghan’s surprise honour – perhaps an olive branch from Her Majesty – medals will also be awarded to new mums, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.

And, most surprisingly, Prince Andrew is set to receive a medal. The 61-year-old is currently battling sexual assault allegations in New York, and the Queen will reportedly fund his defence.

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