The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have reportedly not been invited to the grand state reception held at Buckingham Palace on the eve of the Queen’s funeral – a development that would have left people close to the couple “stunned”.
Prince Harry and Meghan are said to have received an invitation to the event earlier this week.
However, the Sussexes are now not expected to join the gathering of world leaders, foreign dignitaries and royals after some palace officials expressed concerns, arguing that the event should be limited to working members of the royal family, the Daily Telegram reported.
Sources close to the couple were apparently stunned by the confusion, according to the report, as palace officials continued to “insist they were not invited.”
The state reception – the night before the Queen’s funeral – will be hosted by King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla on Sunday.
The VIP reception will be attended by more than 500 world leaders, diplomats and international royals who will also be greeted by William and Kate, the new Prince and Princess of Wales.
US and French Presidents Joe Biden and Emmanuel Macron will be attending the event, and both will arrive in the UK Monday the day before the Queen’s state funeral.
This isn’t the first time confusion has arisen over the duties of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, whose relationship with the wider royal family has been strained by the decision to relinquish their positions as working royals move to California.
There were similar mixed reports of Prince Harry’s right to wear a military uniform for when he walked in procession behind the Queen’s coffin.
The Duke of Sussex, who served in the British Army for 10 years, wore his military medals attached to his morning suit as he walked in a procession alongside his father, the King, his brother, the Prince of Wales and other members of the Royal Family.
Harry was also forbidden to salute the coffin like his brother and father, and instead just bowed his head.
But on Friday it was announced that the King has given Harry permission to wear a military uniform for a royal vigil with his cousins at the Queen’s coffin on Saturday evening, September 17.