On Sunday, King Charles and Queen Camilla will host a state reception at Buckingham Palace. The Telegraph reports that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry “seem to have been uninvited,” indicating that the hopeful signs of healthy family dynamics may not be what they seemed.
Sources close to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex say they are “baffled” by the change and surprised not to be included. The event takes place the night before Queen Elizabeth’s funeral on September 19. The monarch passed away on September 8, and Meghan and Harry rushed to the UK to stay at the Frogmore country house for the various events and ceremonies planned to honor the queen. The state reception will be attended by other members of the royal family, as well as world leaders from other countries.
Meghan and Harry reportedly received an invite earlier this week, but were later told the event was for “working royals” only.
The couple aren’t sure why they received an invite in the first place, with royal attendees saying “they weren’t invited and weren’t expected to show up.”
The Sussexes stepped down as working members of the royal family in 2021 and moved to California, creating a rift between Harry and his brother William, the newly appointed Prince of Wales. However, Meghan and Harry were recently seen with William and his wife Kate Middleton as they watched the remaining tributes to honor the Queen together. Some saw this as a sign that relations were thawing, but there still seems to be plenty of opportunity for miscommunication as the royal family navigates, including Meghan and Harry.
As an example, The Telegraph reports that Harry was initially told that he could not wear his military uniform at the Queen’s final vigil. His father, the newly crowned King Charles, finally gave his permission.
A source said: “Common sense has prevailed. It was a ridiculous situation given that the Duke of Sussex has served his country and is a highly respected member of the military with all that he has done for veterans. It is important that all of the Queen’s grandchildren feel welcome and comfortable as they mourn their beloved grandmother together.”
The reception at Buckingham Palace is supposed to be a “silent affair” and guests will be greeted by Prince William, Kate Middleton, Princess Anne, Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex.
Aimée Lutkin is the weekend editor for ELLE.com. Her writing has appeared in Jezebel, Glamour, Marie Claire, and more. Her first book lonely hunter, It will be released by Dial Press in February 2022.
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