Harry and Meghan tipped to present Oscar award as they prepare to miss Philips memorial

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have reportedly been “tipped to present Oscar award” at this year’s star-studded event as the couple are set to miss Prince Philip’s memorial at the end of this month.

The couple are said to have been approached last year to present an award at the prestigious event.

It’s claimed they are lined up to present the Best Picture award on the night.

A source told The Sun: “Harry and Meghan were first approached two years ago for the ceremony but politely declined.

“Obviously they’d be a huge coup this year, and could use their appearance to make an impassioned speech of their choosing, most likely Ukraine.”

The source continued: “Show producers Will Packer and Shayla Cowan have lined up some amazing A-list names to take to the stage and Harry and Meghan would be the icing on the cake.

“It’s still up in the air, but in all likelihood — especially in the wake of recent publicity — Harry won’t attend.

“It would be seen as a final kick in the teeth for the royal family if he did — he’s too nervous to fly to London without police protection, but happy to stand up in front of a huge live audience at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Not great optics.”

OK! has contacted Harry and Meghan’s representatives for comment.

Harry, 37, has confirmed he won’t be attending his grandfather’s memorial at the end of March with himself, Meghan, 40, and their children two year old Archie and nine month old Lilibet staying in the US.

He ruled out return to the UK for his grandfather's memorial earlier this month but said he hopes to visit the Queen “soon”.

The decision came after Harry recently raised concerns about his safety during trips to the UK andeven threatened legal action to acquire securityfor his family after his request to buy police protection was denied.

A court heard in February that Harry does not 'feel safe' in the UK if he doesn’t have protection from Scotland Yard officers.

The Thanksgiving service for Prince Philip is set to take place at Westminster Abbey on Tuesday 29 March, with all other main members of the Royal Family expected to attend and pay their respects.

Royal Commentator Neil Sean previously revealed he thinks that itmay be best for them to stay away from the event but for another reason.

Speaking on his popularYouTube channelhe said: "It's very difficult for Harry and Meghan because if they do come back over here whichever way they turn all eyes will be on them.

"The media will want to know which family members interact, which don't."

He suggested Harry and Meghan record a private message to be played.

He said: "I think this will be the best way forward for the ex-royals simply because they know that day shouldn't be about them."

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