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Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle have reportedly been asked to be presenters at Oscars 2022.

The two were said to be approached at the end of 2021 and it is understood they were being lined up to reveal the Best Picture, which is the most coveted category of the night, reported The Sun. The couple, champions of women’s rights, were initially considered by organizers to present the Best Actress award. But this was ruled out because actress Kristen Stewart is nominated for her role in "Spencer," which is a film about Harry's late mother Princess Diana’s life.

A source said that Harry and Meghan were "first approached two years ago for the ceremony but politely declined." According to the source, 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 revealed that 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."

The source noted that it’s still up in the air, but in "all likelihood, especially in the wake of recent publicity, Harry won’t attend." According to the insider, it would be seen as a "final kick in the teeth for the Royal Family" if he chose to be a presenter on Oscars night. The source added that Harry is "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.”

Hosted by Amy Schumer, Regina Hall and Wanda Sykes, the 94th annual Academy Awards will take place on Sunday. This year, the Best Picture nominees are "Belfast" directed by Kenneth Branagh, "Don’t Look Up" by director Adam McKay, "CODA" helmed by Sian Heder, "Drive My Car" by director Ryusuke Hamaguchi and "Dune" directed by Villeneuve. "King Richard" directed by Zach Baylin, "Licorice Pizza" by Paul Thomas Anderson, "Nightmare Alley" helmed by Guillermo del Toro, "West Side Story" by filmmaker Steven Spielberg and "The Power of the Dog" directed by Jane Campion are also nominated in the category, reported Mirror.

If Harry does attend the awards ceremony, he is sure to face criticism from royal fans as he recently pulled out of Prince Philip’s memorial service in London. Harry had confirmed that he won’t attend the memorial service on March 29, but said that he will be attending the Invictus Games at The Hague in the Netherlands next month, according to Daily Mail.

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meets children as she attends the Commonwealth Day Service 2020 on March 09, 2020 in London, England. Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images

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