Earlier this month, reports claimed the Royal Family would reunite for the trooping of the colour this June – with The Firm apparently determined to “get back to business”.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expected to make an appearance for the Queen’s 95th birthday, The Sunday Times reported.
However, one royal observer believes the event might remind the family of the “painful and turbulent” Megxit.
Daniela Elser writes in news.com.au: “On a personal level, everyone from the Queen down would surely be thrilled to have Harry, Meghan and perhaps even Archie back, however, on a regal level, their re-entry into the rarefied royal ecosystem could pose a serious headache for the palace.
“Most glaringly, when Harry and Meghan take their place on the balcony, they will be the centre of attention, with thousands of lenses and cameras trained on the couple as they appear feet, if not inches, away from the Cambridges, Prince Charles and the Queen for the first time in over 12 months (at that point).
“Their every gesture, glance, and word will be scrutinised by the press and social media to an agonising degree, and they will be the total focus of the breathless press attention.”
She added: “Seeing Harry and Meghan, newly arrived with a Californian glow in the midst of the Windsors, will only serve as a reminder of the seismic events of Megxit that shook the palace in 2020, that is, a reminder of just how painful and turbulent a chapter the Royal Family has just endured and not entirely left behind.”
Harry and Meghan haven’t been pictured with other royals since last year’s Commonwealth Day Service in March .
Later on though, the Duke of Sussex appeared stern as he went through the church alongside his smiling wife.
Walking directly in front of them, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge seemed downcast as they followed the Queen down the aisle.
Before Harry and Meghan announced their departure from the Royal Family, rumours of a rift between the Fab Four had circulated.
Phil Dampier, author of Royally Suited: Harry and Meghan In Their Own Words, believes relations haven’t particularly improved.
He earlier told The Sun Online: “I think it’s going to be very awkward if they do meet up.
“From what I am told the rift is not a lot better at the moment – they are not talking a lot.
“I think they will put on a united front for the unveiling of Diana’s statue and I’m sure they will put on a united front for the birthday celebrations but behind the scenes I think there’s going to be a lot of tension."
However, the couples reportedly exchanged Christmas gifts last month in an apparent easing of tensions.