On Sunday, King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla are hosting a state reception at Buckingham Palace. The Telegraph reports that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry “appear to have been uninvited,” indicating that the hopeful signs of healing 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 to not 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 quickly arrived in the U.K. to stay at Frogmore cottage 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 invitation earlier this week, but were then informed that the event was for “working members of the royal family only.”
The couple is not sure why they received an invite in the first place, and Royal aides are saying they “were not invited and were not 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 named Prince of Wales. However, Meghan and Harry were recently seen with William and his wife Kate Middleton as they viewed tributes left to honor the Queen together. Some saw this as a sign that relations were thawing, but there still seems to be a lot of opportunity for miscommunication as the royal family navigates including Meghan and Harry.
As an example, The Telegraph reports that Harry was initially told he couldn’t 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 ludicrous situation given the Duke of Sussex has served his country and is a highly respected member of the armed forces with everything he has done for veterans. It is important that the Queen’s grandchildren are all made to feel welcome and comfortable as they grieve their beloved grandmother together.”
The reception at Buckingham Palace is supposedly going to be a “muted 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 at ELLE.com. Her writing has appeared in Jezebel, Glamour, Marie Claire and more. Her first book, The Lonely Hunter, will be released by Dial Press in February 2022.