The Queen traditionally awards commemorative medals to senior members of the Royal Family to mark her jubilee and is expected to do the same this year for her Platinum Jubilee. Podcaster Christina Garibaldi claimed that Her Majesty may not present “awards” to a few non-working members of the Royal Family which include Prince Andrew. However, royal experts are confirmed that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle can receive “medals” despite “stepping down” as senior active working members.
The Royally Us host said: “There are nearly 400,000 medals that will be handed out this year to those that serve the Crown.
“A lot of health care workers, frontline workers and things like that, but it’s the decision to reportedly present awards to members of the Royal Family that raise flags, in particular, the question of whether the Queen will give out medals to Prince Andrew and non-working members of the Royal Family like Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan.
Christine Ross, the co-host of Royally Us replied: “I mean do we really think in this scandal-filled year so far that you know she’s going to be handing out medals to Andrew…
“My guess is maybe not just don’t see that happening it is so interesting.
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“I was researching this earlier today and there are reporters who are so convinced they will not receive medals and then there are reporters who are so convinced that they will.
“And it seems both sides have sources that confirm both options, so I really think we have to wait and see I do agree with you that the optics of giving a medal to Prince Andrew right now would not be very good but only time will tell to see if she honors Prince Harry or Meghan in the same way.”
Ms Garibaldi continued: “Well, Prince Harry and Meghan have been doing work with their charities and things like that on mental health.
“They have been doing their fair share of good deeds.”
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It is understood that Andrew, Harry, and Meghan would be entitled to wear their medals with “civilian dress” if they are invited to an event where the dress code says ‘decorations’.
However, one commentator suggested the Queen pushing for the three to get a medal could spark further backlash.
Royal expert Daniela Elser expressed her views on the non-working royals receiving the medals, said: “The symbolism of this move, that despite everything that has happened over the last two years Andrew, Harry and Meghan will all get the same official nods of thanks as frontline healthcare workers, is nothing short of disastrous.”