Harry and Meghan Have a Very Good Reason For Missing Prince Charles’s Huge 70th Birthday Party
But they’ve already made up for their absence with another special appearance.
When the newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex turned up for a garden party in Prince Charles’ honour just days after their wedding it was seen as the ultimate act of respect. The newlyweds delayed their honeymoon so that they could attend the garden party, the first in a series of celebrations to toast the future king’s milestone birthday.
Now we know an even more specific reason why it was so important for the Sussexes to be there – they will miss a special birthday party in Charles’s honor next month. Meghan and Prince Harry, who delivered a moving speech paying tribute to his father’s amazing work at the party in May, will be overseas on their tour of Australia, Fiji Tonga and New Zealand when Charles enjoys the second in a series of special birthday celebrations at Buckingham Palace in October.
As Vanity Fair reported recently, Charles has forged an especially close bond with his youngest son and his wife, and will be disappointed they won’t be there. But Prince William and Kate Middleton, who is due to return to work after a six-month maternity leave next month, will be among close family members at the gala concert, where large number of Charles’ close friends will also be in attendance.
The concert and dinner, which the Duchess of Cornwall is helping to organize, will take place on October 25th, three weeks before the Prince’s actual birthday. Invites went out last week and the concert will feature a program of music, opera, ballet and Shakespearean drama. The event is being held to acknowledge The Prince’s commitment to, and patronage of, the arts over many years. The evening is being produced by David Whelton OBE and directed by Greg Doran, Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, with the Royal Ballet, and the Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House.
“It’s going to be a very special night and Charles is very much looking forward to it,” said a source. “Harry and Meghan can’t be there because they will be overseas. It’s why they were so keen to be at the garden party for Charles back in May.”
Harry and Meghan don’t need to feel too left out, however; they will be home in the U.K. in time for yet another celebration on Charles’ actual birthday on November 14, when the Queen will host a party in the State Rooms of Buckingham Palace. Charles will also be guest of honour at a magic themed gala show at the London Palladium, which will be televised.
Clearly entering his seventh decade isn’t fazing the hard working prince, the longest-serving Prince of Wales in history.
Source: vanityfair com