Lifted travel restrictions for double-vaccinated citizens between the US and UK mean Harry and Meghan could have made it to London without the need to quarantine on arrival – so, people were expecting them not to miss the occasion.
But a spokesperson for the Sussexes has confirmed they won’t be at Kensington Palace on October 19.
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Harry is researching his mother’s life for his upcoming tell-all memoir, a book described as a “definitive account of the experiences, adventures, losses, and life lessons that have helped shape him”.
His rejection of the event invitation, given it is to celebrate his beloved mother’s life, has come as a surprise.
Royal expert and author Penny Junor told The Sun: “It is a great shame they are not coming.
“The longer they stay away the greater the rift and the more difficult it is to come back from.”
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Ms Junor said it is “a shame they can’t come back” considering how much work there is to be done.
She claimed: “It shows they are not interested in making things work.”
It will soon be two years since Harry, 37, and Meghan, 40, quit their royal duties and announced they were moving to the US.
On January 6, 2020, the Duke and Duchess said in a statement: “We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen.
“We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages.”
The move aggravated an already tense relationship, and their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey confirmed what people at home and abroad suspected: things were going badly.
One of the biggest allegations in the two-hour conversation between the royals and the American talk show host was that there had been “several” racist conversations within the Royal Family while Meghan was pregnant with Archie.
There were “concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he was born”, revealed Meghan.
Many viewed Harry and Meghan’s potential trip to the UK for the party as a chance to spend time with other royals, particularly William and Kate.
Britons enjoyed seeing Harry and William together at the unveiling of Diana’s statue and hoped for more such moments to follow.
The celebration could also have been an opportunity to make their visits more frequent and to see the Queen, who aged 95 is known to love being surrounded by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Had Harry and Meghan come with their kids, the Monarch could even have met baby Lilibet, who she hasn’t seen yet.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK