Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were reportedly “uninvited” from a state reception intended for foreign dignitaries and the royal family; they learned the news from the media.
Page Six of the New York Post on Saturday quoted persons acquainted with the rebuff.
The reception, scheduled on Monday before Queen Elizabeth II’s burial, is limited to “working” royal family members.
Harry and Meghan are ineligible.
According to the Post, the couple got an invitation to the dinner but subsequently learned via third-party news sources that they had been “uninvited.”
According to the Post, international leaders such as President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron are likely to attend.
According to the Post, a spokesperson for King Charles III confirmed that Harry was not invited to the reception.
“The invite is for working members of the royal family only,” the representative said.
According to the Post, several royals, including Prince William, the next heir to the throne, will attend the celebration at Buckingham Palace.
Harry and Meghan relinquish their royal responsibilities in 2020, migrating to California and becoming permanent U.S. citizens.
They retain the titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex, but can no longer refer to themselves as “royal highnesses.”
The reception snub is hardly the only slight Prince Harry has received.
The Duke of Sussex, himself a distinguished Afghanistan War veteran, was initially denied permission to wear a military dress uniform for an official ceremony, but Prince Charles reversed the decision for the Saturday vigil, according to a separate story from Page Six.
It is still unclear if Prince Harry and the other royals attending the queen’s burial on Monday will wear military uniforms.
Since Harry’s 2018 wedding to the American-born former actress, the Sussexes have had a strained relationship with the royal family as a whole.
Markle alleged an anonymous family member of bigotry, prompting a rare public statement from Queen Elizabeth promising an inquiry.
A May YouGov survey ranked Markle as the second-most disliked member of the British royal family, only below disgraced Jeffrey Epstein confidant Prince Andrew.