At King Charles‘ first Trooping the Colour as monarch, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will not be there alongside Kate Middleton, Prince William, and the other senior royals. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will stay at their residence in Montecito, California, along with their kids Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet.
It isn’t because Meghan and Harry chose not to make the long trip from Los Angeles to London for the occasion, claims People. According to the outlet, they weren’t even invited. Although this specific reason for Meghan and Harry’s exclusion was not given by People, it’s possible that no invitation was sent because the royal family was aware that they were unlikely to travel there.
The annual public commemoration of the British monarch’s birthday is taking place on Saturday, June 17th, with the event commemorating the first Trooping the Colour march during Charles’ reign.
Just a few months after getting married, Harry and Meghan went to their first Trooping the Colour together in 2018. The pair also attended the ceremony in 2019 and 2022, on their first visit back to England after resigning from their positions as senior royals in 2020.
Meghan and Harry attended Trooping the Colour last year in London to celebrate Queen Elizabeth‘s Platinum Jubilee. The Sussexes and other non-working members of the British royal family, such as the daughters of Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips and Savannah and Isla Phillips, were seen watching Trooping from the Major General’s Office. They did not appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony last year.
The Sussexes were invited to the coronation of Charles and Camilla on May 6, but the couple reportedly declined the invitation, according to a story. Allegedly, because the historic event coincided with Prince Archie’s birthday, Prince Harry was the only person in attendance at the celebration for his father.
Harry was in London last week to give a witness statement in his lawsuit against the owners of The Mirror. People saw that Harry stayed at the Windsor residence known as Frogmore Cottage, which Charles asked them to leave earlier this year despite having a lease on it. Omid Scobie, a royal correspondent for Yahoo U.K., was informed at the time by a source. “Harry and Meghan have until early summer to vacate. Initially, they were given just weeks, but now they have at least until after the coronation.”