The Queen, 96, travelled to her private Scottish home of Balmoral for the start of her traditional summer break last Thursday. The monarch is likely to be joined in her highland retreat by members of her family over the coming weeks. But royal correspondent Robert Jobson has explained how the Queen could make sure Prine Harry and Meghan Markle visit.
Speaking to the Australian morning programme Sunrise, Mr Jobson said: “I think the Queen is being wise in extending the invitation.
“Whether or not they come is another matter because Harry’s got this long-running case with the British Home Office about whether or not they will provide security for him while in Scotland Yard protection.
“He said he offered to pay for it but it doesn’t work like that over here.
“I’m sure that will be resolved if the Queen intervenes and says that I want my grandson’s family looked after.
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“There’s always a way around these things.”
Scotland has been a welcome place of sanctuary for the royal family since Queen Victoria’s day, where they relax and enjoy country pursuits in the stunning setting of the Scottish highlands.
The Queen is unlikely to be alone for very long as members of her family are invited to spend time with her at Balmoral every summer.
A picture released following the Duke of Edinburgh’s death in April last year showed the Queen and her late husband surrounded by their great grandchildren at their Scottish home.
One observer wrote: “A weekend in the country with aristocrats who enjoy riding, shooting, sports and games is Thatcher’s idea of torture.”
Mrs Thatcher could not abide the charades that she was expected to play after dinner at Balmoral.
During a gathering of six of her premiers, the Queen once joked about “the party games which some of you have so nobly endured at Balmoral”.