The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were mistakenly invited to a state reception at Buckingham Palace, according to The Telegraph.
The couple received a formal invitation to the event for world leaders and foreign royalty earlier last week and had no reason to believe they weren’t expected to go.
However, the palace aides later stated that only working royal family members would attend, causing considerable confusion.
The Sussexes are said to have been informed on Friday night that there had been a mix-up and that they had not actually been invited to what has been described as an “official state event”.
Whether the message was received or not appeared in question.
However, the couple shouldn’t participate.
Always low personal relationships
A mistake is thought to have been made when the invitations were sent to the original working royal list drawn up as part of the plans made before the Queen’s death, before the Sussexes moved to the United States.
Now that the landscape has changed, the perspective of the couple standing shoulder to shoulder with the king, queen consort and the prince and princess of Wales welcoming heads of state from around the world seemed, to some, inconceivable.
While all members of the royal family have decided to put themselves on a united front during the mourning period in honor of the late queen, personal relationships are considered to be at an all-time low.
The reception at the palace is a formal occasion for all presidents and prime ministers, foreign royals, governors general and ambassadors who traveled to London for the funeral on Monday.
Guests include ambassadors from North Korea and Iran, as well as Japan’s Empress Masako, who will accompany Emperor Naruhito, despite having largely withdrawn from public view two decades ago.
They will be driven to the gates of Buckingham Palace in the early evening and will be greeted by the king and queen consort before socializing in the picture gallery and state apartments.
Despite the grandeur of the surroundings, the hour-long reception will be a quiet affair, with guests invited to wear evening dresses or morning dresses, with no hats or decorations. Drinks and canapés will be served.
On Saturday night, Prince Harry joined his brother and seven cousins for a grim vigil at his grandmother’s coffin in Westminster Hall.
The Prince of Wales stood at the head of the coffin and his brother at the foot.
“At the king’s request, they will both be in uniform,” a palace source confirmed earlier.
The other grandchildren wore a morning coat and a dark formal dress with decorations.
After Monday’s funeral, the Sussexes are expected to return to California as soon as possible to be reunited with their children, Archie, two, and Lilibet, one.