Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will reportedly not be among the royal family members in attendance at a reception for world leaders on Sunday ahead of Queen Elizabeth’s funeral. Multiple outlets report that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex initially got a formal invite to the Buckingham Palace event, but the palace officials now say the reception is for working members of the royal family only.
A palace spokesperson has reiterated this morning that Sunday state reception is, quote, for working royals only. No further comment or guidance on why the Sussexes were invited and now seemingly uninvited. A royal source claimed to harry and Meghan actually got the invitation and no one has actually told them they are uninvited, with another insider claiming to the publication. I’m told they only found out they were uninvited by reading press reports.
Appeared baffled, adding that palace aides, quote, continued to insist that they were not invited and were not expected to show up. The publication later reported that Prince Harry and Meghan’s invitation came in error, adding in part, it is thought a mistake may have been made when invitations were sent to the original list of working royals drawn up as part of the plans made in advance of the Queen’s death before the Sussexes moved to the US. Meghan and Prince Harry have yet to comment on what may have led to the reported mixed up, nor has the palace.
While the Sussexes are not expected to attend Sunday’s reception, they have attended other events together over the past week in memory of the Queen. The pair joined Kate Middleton and Prince William to greet well wishers outside Windsor Castle last Saturday. And on Wednesday, they joined the rest of the royal family as the Queen’s coffin was transferred from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall for her lying in state. Meghan and Harry will both be present.
Charlie Langston previously told Access Hollywood where they may be placed during the event. Now, what will be interesting is how they choose to place Harry and Meghan in terms of the kind of royal lineup at these official events.
When it came to Prince Philip’s memorial, we saw Prince Harry and Meghan seated in the second row, which was very much seen by many as a kind of sign that they had fallen down the ranks of the royal pecking order. Obviously, Harry was one of the Queen’s beloved grandsons. They shared a very special bond even through all of the scandal and controversy. So it’s going to be very interesting where Prince Harry falls in that royal seating order when it comes to the Queen’s funeral and indeed all of the other official events that surround the celebrations and tributes of her life.
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