'Beyond bonkers': Harry and Meghan could feel they're excluded after being 'uninvited' from state reception, says pal
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: After Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been reportedly uninvited from Buckingham Palace reception hosted by King Charles and the Queen Consort, a friend of Harry and Meghan has now called the move "beyond bonkers" and said this will make the Sussexes feel "excluded".
Speaking to The Sunday Times, the unnamed insider said, as quoted by Daily Mail, "It is beyond bonkers if they're not there. Everyone is coming in from around the world to pay their respects to the Queen." This comes after Harry was reportedly "heartbroken" over the removal of the Queen's "ER" initials from the shoulder of the uniform he wore for Septembed 18 vigil. The source said, "He is heartbroken. To remove his grandmother’s initials feels very intentional," as per Daily Beast. "The flip-flopping over uniform and the Buckingham Palace reception could make him feel as if the majority of the operation is against you. It's hard — nobody likes to feel like they're being excluded," the source further added.
"The confusion over whether or not the couple was invited comes down to issues with the communication between the Sussexes and the royal family," reported Yahoo. According to Page Six, a spokesperson for the King said, "The invite is for working members of the royal family only." Giving an insight to this, a source told the outlet, "Harry and Meghan actually got the invitation and no-one has actually told them they are uninvited.” Another source claimed, "I'm told they only found out they were uninvited by reading press reports."
As reported earlier, it is still unknown if Harry and Meghan were ever invited, despite the fact that royal officials said they are not anticipated to go.
Who will attend?
The pre-funeral reception might not have Prince Harry and his wife but will host some of the most notable names and dignitaries on the planet. Numerous heads of state will arrive in London before the monarch's royal burial on Monday, September 19, including US President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron. Along with Prince William, Kate Middleton, and rest of the royal family, Meghan and Harry have been in the UK for some time, paying their respects to the late Queen.