As the first anniversary of Queen Elizabeth's passing draws near, the British Royal Family prepares for a commemorative event that both honors her legacy and signals a forward-looking perspective. In this poignant moment, Prince William and Kate Middleton are poised to take center stage, leading a special tribute scheduled for the coming month.
However, notable by their absence from the upcoming gathering are Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Reports indicate that Prince Harry, 38, and Meghan Markle, 42, have not received invitations to join the family tribute. Nevertheless, Prince Harry will make a return to the United Kingdom, albeit briefly, to participate in the annual WellChild charity event on September 7th.
This appearance will provide him an opportunity to engage in philanthropic endeavors close to his heart. On the subsequent day, September 8th, Prince William and Duchess Kate, both 41, are scheduled to visit St David's Cathedral in South Wales.
There, they will host a memorial in honor of Queen Elizabeth, reflecting on her remarkable seven-decade reign that came to an end last September when she passed away at the age of 96.
Royal Family's Diverse Tributes
Sources close to the Royal Family reveal that Prince William's tribute will encapsulate not only a heartfelt homage to Queen Elizabeth's life and achievements but also a resolute gaze toward the future.
An insider conveyed that the day would be filled with deep emotions for the entire Royal Family and many across Britain, who recognize the significance of the date. However, the reality remains that life inevitably moves forward for some.
Other members of the Royal Family will gather at their summer residence, Balmoral Castle, to commemorate the anniversary in their own ways. Among those attending are Prince Andrew and ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, William and Kate, Queen Camilla and King Charles, and Prince Edward.
In a marked contrast, Prince Harry's return to the UK reportedly won't include meetings with his family members. Following his brief stay, he is slated to jet off to Dusseldorf, Germany, on September 9th to launch the Invictus Games.
Meghan Markle will join him in Europe to support this significant event, which will continue until September 16th. Sources have disclosed that the couple did not receive any formal outreach from senior members of the Royal Family to participate in the Queen's memorial events.
Despite this, insiders suggest that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will find their own meaningful ways to acknowledge the significance of the occasion. The backdrop of strained relations between Prince Harry and his older brother, Prince William, could provide some context for the absence of the Sus*exes from the Balmoral gathering.
Their relationship has been under scrutiny, particularly since Prince Harry's publication of his memoir "Spare" earlier this year. However, the true extent of their current interaction remains uncertain. The last time Prince Harry was with his family was in May, during Charles' coronation.
His departure from Britain shortly after the ceremony concluded raised questions about the depth of their familial bonds and the ongoing dynamics between the two brothers.