Prince Harry and Meghan Markle not invited to royal reception
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are not invited to an upcoming Buckingham Palace reception for world leaders, People reported September 17. The Sunday reception, hosted by King Charles III and Queen Camilla, will pay tribute to world leaders traveling to London for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. According to the outlet, Harry and Markle were first invited to the event, which the Palace has since clarified as being restricted to “serving members of the Royal Family only”. Newsweek reported that their initial invitation was a “genuine mistake”.
The update comes days after the palace changed its mind on another royal custom issue: whether Harry would be allowed to wear his military uniform to official events. Initially, a representative for Prince Harry said the Duke of Sussex would not be allowed to wear his uniform at ceremonies honoring the late Queen, but on September 15 royal officials decided to allow him to wear it. until his last vigil. Meanwhile, following the Queen’s death and in keeping with royal custom, Harry and Markle’s son, Archie, and daughter, Lilibet, inherited the royal titles of prince and princess.
Harry first rushed to the Queen’s side on September 8 in light of reports of her poor health, and she died at Balmoral later that day. Harry and Markle were then seen walking with Prince William and Kate Middleton at Windsor Castle on September 10.
In a statement shared on the Archewell website, Harry mourned his grandmother, writing: “Grandma, although this latest parting brings us great sadness, I am eternally grateful for all of our first encounters, from my earliest memories childhood with you meeting you for the first time as Commander-in-Chief, the first time you met my darling wife and hugged your beloved great-grandchildren. I cherish those times shared with you, and “the many other special moments in between. You are already sorely missed, not just by us, but by the whole world. And as far as the first meetings go, we now honor my father in his new role as King Charles III.”
Since the Queen’s death at Balmoral at the age of 96, tributes and reflections on the complex heritage of the palace poured in from the UK and around the world. On September 16, thousands of mourners gathered at Buckingham Palace, including David Beckham, who stood in line for more than 12 hours waiting to pay his respects. The Queen’s funeral will take place on Monday September 19 at Westminster Abbey.
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