The Sussexes were gathered with Kate Middleton and her kids in a special room overlooking the ceremony, sources said. They just weren’t allowed to be pictured.

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Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and their children were conspicuous by their absence from television screens Thursday, as they were omitted from the opening ceremony of the queen’s platinum jubilee celebrations in what looked like a determined effort at narrative-control by Buckingham Palace.

Official royal sources told the media that Harry and Meghan and their family were ensconced with other members of the royal family in the Major General’s Office, a large ceremonial room with a prime view of the ceremony, known as Trooping the Colour, which marks the queen’s official birthday.

But the Sussexes were not seen either arriving or departing the ceremony, or on the balcony watching it.

The California-based couple were said to have arrived discreetly at Horse Guards Parade in London by car with their children, in contrast to some other members of the family who arrived publicly in horse-drawn carriages.

Kate Middleton and her three children arrived and departed the parade ground to great fanfare in a horse drawn carriage with Camilla Parker Bowles.