If new reports are to be believed, Princess Eugenie might be in for an epic royal snub, since Prince Philip has decided to leave his attendance at the Princess of York's wedding ceremony on October 12 as a last minute chore. The Daily Mail reports that the Duke of Edinburgh will decide on the morning of the wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank whether he goes or not, according to Palace sources.
But that's not all. It is also being reported that Prince Harry and his wife Meghan may be forced to miss the evening reception at the Royal Lodge at Windsor on Saturday night. The reason for the royal couple missing their cousin's wedding could be their departure for their pre-planned trip to Australia for this year's Invictus Games.
According to a Palace insider, the Duke of Edinburgh, who has always maintained his long-standing displeasure for Sarah Ferguson, will "see how he feels" before the wedding that is scheduled to take place at St George's Chapel in Windsor. Commenting on Philip's appearance at the wedding, a source told the Telegraph, "The Duke of Edinburgh may not go to the wedding, just as he and the Queen did not attend Prince Louis' christening in July."
"There's not a three-line whip on these family occasions. Not unreasonably, when you consider his age, the Duke of Edinburgh will decide on the morning of the wedding if he’s going to be there. He now very much operates on a "wake up and see how I feel" basis."
The news of Prince Philip's latest decision comes after it was earlier reported that the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Parker Bowles, will also not be present for the wedding ceremony of Prince Andrew's daughter due to prior commitments. Previously, there were also speculations that said Prince Philip was ready to finally put aside all hard feelings for Fergie to attend granddaughter Eugenie's wedding and pose in official photographs with Prince Andrew's ex-wife.
A lot of people might not know this, but the Duke of Edinburgh has avoided Fergie since photographs of her sunbathing topless were published in the media in 1992.
On the other hand, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who too are unsure of making it to Eugenie's wedding reception, will soon be flying to Australia for their first major overseas tour. The couple is due to land in Sydney on Monday, signaling the fact that the couple might be taking a Saturday or a Sunday flight.
However, both Harry and Meghan will be there to attend the wedding ceremony at St George's Chapel on Friday, the same venue where the couple got married to each other in May this year.