“Harry and Meghan got the invite, and no one has told them they weren’t invited.”
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry tried to keep their distance to avoid drawing attention.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have once again been snubbed by the Royal Family and discovered by the media. A source revealed that the royal couple had no idea that they were not invited to a prestigious event at Buckingham Palace.
According to Page Six, multiple insiders revealed that after reading press reports, Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, discovered that they were not welcome at a state reception for global dignitaries.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle speak on stage at Global Citizen Live: New York on September 25, 2021 in New York City | Source: Getty Images
The royal couple received an invitation to the event on September 18, 2022. However, King Charles III’s spokesman revealed that the invitation was only extended to “working members of the royal family”.
A royal source revealed that while the Duke and Duchess of Sussex received an invitation, no one informed them that they were no longer welcome:
“Harry and Meghan actually got the invite, and no one told them they weren’t invited.”
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit One World Observatory on the 102nd floor of the Freedom Tower of the World Trade Center on September 23, 2021 in New York, United States | Source: Getty Images
Another palace source revealed: “They told me they only found out they weren’t invited by reading press reports.” The state reception was attended by, among others, US President Joe Biden, the Canadian Prime Minister and French President Emmanuel Macron.
King Charles and his wife, Camilla Queen Consort, hosted the event ahead of Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral on September 19, 2022.
In the midst of the mourning period, a source close to Prince Harry and Markle revealed that the duo would keep their distance to avoid drawing attention. They were also reportedly willing to do anything the royal family asked of them. However, that didn’t go as planned as they have been said to have broken royal protocols.
The Sussexes received mixed reactions to public affection
According to Fox News, the royal couple’s public affection following Her Majesty’s Investiture Service drew mixed reactions from the public. The couple held hands as they left Westminster Hall, while other royal couples involved in the procession did the opposite.
Royal expert Shannon Spence told the outlet that while the Sussexes’ PDA was a “loving show of support” for the prince, the royal family was “on the job” regardless:
“While there are no formal ‘rules’ against PDA, we don’t see it often on royalty because usually when we do see them, they’re at work. They present their most professional appearance.”
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle follow the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II as it is carried out of Westminster Abbey after the state funeral on September 19, 2022 in London, England | Source: Getty Images
Spence explained that members of the Royal Family, including the Prince and Princess of Wales, often show public displays of affection at unofficial events, such as sporting outings.
Regarding the Duke and Duchess of Sussex holding hands at the funeral, social media users criticized Markle for the gesture, while others called her “supportive.”
Days after the royal couple came under fire from the PDA, they dropped their trademark public affection. The duo kept their distance during the Queen’s funeral at Westminster Abbey.
Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle walk as the procession carrying Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin arrives at Westminster Hall for her deposition on September 14, 2022 in London, UK | Source: Getty Images
According to the Daily Mail, body language expert Katia Loisal explained that the couple’s change in behavior could have been a reaction after backlash over their prominent public display of affection.
As the Duke and Duchess took part in a procession behind Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, they kept a “formal distance” as they walked side by side.
Prince William, Prince George, Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton, during Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022 in London, England | Source: Getty Images
Loisal told 7Life, via the Daily Mail, that many people in a procession walk with their arms at their sides. However, Markle participated in another way:
“A somber Meghan kept her head down, eyes downcast and hands folded in front of her, in a self-protective gesture indicating a level of discomfort or uncertainty, and perhaps as a sign of respect.”
She and her husband maintained their formal “stiff” distance once they were seated. However, once they left Westminster Abbey, the prince gave his wife’s hand a “firm squeeze,” said a fellow mourner who attended the funeral.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle follow the bearer party with Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin as it leaves Westminster Abbey towards Wellington Arch on September 19, 2022 in London, England | Source: Getty Images
The guest, lawyer Pranav Bhanot, revealed to People that he noticed that the Duke of Sussex was relatively “supportive” towards the Duchess of Sussex:
“When they went their separate directions after the ceremony, he gave her hand a firm squeeze. I felt like he wanted to make sure she was comfortable.”
Bhanot added that at some point during the service, Prince Harry offered “comfort” to the mother of his children as they walked together before they went off in different directions.
The royal couple missed their children and wanted to leave immediately
According to the Daily Mail, the royal couple stayed in Windsor after meeting with the Royal Family to mourn the Queen. Still, it was said that they left for the United States immediately after the monarch’s funeral.
The couple had not seen their son and daughter, Archie and Lilibet, for almost three weeks since they landed in the UK on September 3, 2022. They were expected to stay briefly in England, but that changed after Her Majesty’s passing. .
The Duke had to cancel his appearance at the WellChild Awards in London after learning his grandmother’s health had deteriorated and he rushed to Balmoral Castle in Scotland. Sadly, he didn’t make it in time to see her before he died on September 8, 2022, at age 96.
Although Markle did not accompany him to see the sovereign on her deathbed, she was by her side during various official events during the 10-day mourning period, including the Queen’s funeral.
After the funeral, a source revealed to Us Weekly that the couple was looking forward to seeing their young children in California, adding that the period of mourning had been the “longest time” the couple had been away from their children.
The source added that the Duke and Duchess missed their children terribly and FaceTimed them during their stay in the UK, but couldn’t wait to meet them and “hug them again.”
According to Express, Archie and Lilibet are believed to have been left in the care of their grandmother, Doria Ragland, during their parents’ absence.
Prince Harry and Markle have not traveled with their children on any work trips since stepping down as royals in January 2020. The royal couple moved to the US in late March 2020, days before officially leave the Royal Family as active members.