First they were invited. Then they were uninvited. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were “baffled” by what happened.
According to reports, last Sunday night, September 11, the couple was sent an invitation to the pre-funeral reception on Saturday for the late Queen Elizabeth II, hosted by King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla at Buckingham Palace. The couple found out later, via press reports, that they were not actually invited. Another source shared that the pair were not really officially told that they were uninvited to the gathering.
As usual, lots of drama. Reports from the press reached the couple before the family could let them know they weren’t welcome at the Saturday event.
World leaders such as President Joe Biden, President Emmanuel Macron, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and foreign royals were invited to the event.
“The invite is for working members of the royal family only,” a spokesperson shared. It has been known that Prince Harry gave up his royal duties when he and Meghan Markle moved to the US.
To stir things up more, Prince Harry’s wearing his military uniform sparked controversy, as he was initially not supposed to wear it. Only working royals are allowed to wear the uniform. When he was in the army, he was a captain and took two tours of Afghanistan. Permission had to be given by his father, King Charles, to wear the uniform during the ceremony. Dad said okay.
There were speculations that the relationship between Prince Harry and Prince William was improving during the tributes for the Queen, but the recent incidents might prove otherwise.
Prince Harry and his wife Meghan stepped down as working members of the royal family in 2021 when they moved to California. This created a rift between the couple and Harry’s brother Prince William.
The two couples, Prince William and his wife, and Prince Harry and his wife, were together to view tributes left for the Queen. Some hoped that their relationship was thawing, but this remains to be seen.
It appears that there are still matters related to pomp and circumstance, or worse, personal issues, that keep the family members apart.