Prince Harry and Meghan Markle appear to have been uninvited from Queen Elizabeth II’s pre-funeral reception at Buckingham Palace, according to a new report from Britain’s Telegraph.
The couple received an invitation to a grand event hosted by King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla for world leaders and foreign royals. But they are now clearly informed that only working British royals are welcome.
According to the outlet, it remained unclear why Harry, 38, and Markle, 41, were ever invited, with royal aides insisting they are not expected to attend.
Sources told the outlet that the pair appeared “amazed” by the apparent mix-up.
President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron are among hundreds of heads of state who will land in London ahead of the monarch’s state funeral on Monday.
The Queen died on 8 September at the age of 96 after a historic reign of 70 years.
Markle and Harry have been in the UK for a while, with Prince William, Kate Middleton and the rest of the royal family mourning the Queen. The pair are reunited with the British during public outings.
Markle and Harry in particular raised eyebrows when they were seen holding hands at the monarch’s procession on Wednesday — because, again, they’re no longer working members of the royal family. But also because his display of affection was a “violation” of protocol.
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“Harry and Meghan are unhappy relatives and are not obliged to follow royal protocol,” body language expert Inbal Honigman told British newspaper The Daily Express in defense of Harry and Markle.
The parents of two – who share son Archie, 3, and daughter Lillibet, 15 months – stepped down from their royal duties as Duke and Duchess of Sussex in January 2020, following media scrutiny and family scrutiny. Due to ongoing issues like internal turmoil within. They have since relocated from England to Markle’s native California.
The confusion surrounding the appearance of Harry and the former “Suits” actress at the pre-funeral reception comes after mixed messages about the prince’s right to wear a military uniform while on his way back home.
Harry’s father, Charles, 73, eventually gave him permission to wear such a dress during Saturday night’s vigil for Elizabeth.