As the first anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's passing approaches, the Royal Family is gearing up to pay tribute. Prince William, accompanied by his wife Kate Middleton, is scheduled to lead the memorial. However, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be notably absent from this gathering.
There is speculation around Harry, 38, and Meghan, 42, not receiving an invitation to this significant event. However, Prince Harry will be returning to the UK shortly. His reason for coming is not the memorial but to attend the annual WellChild charity event on September 7th.
Cambridges Host Queen's Tribute
Following this, on September 8th, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, both 41, are set to host a commemorative event at St David’s Cathedral in South Wales, celebrating the life and legacy of the late Queen, who passed away last year at the age of 96 after reigning for seven decades.
According to sources close to the Royal Family, the focus during this anniversary will not just be on remembering the Queen's life but also on looking ahead. "For many in Britain, this will be an emotional day, marking the date.
Yet, for others, it will be another day, and life moves forward," a source conveyed. Other notable members of the Royal Family, including Prince Andrew, Sarah Ferguson, Queen Camilla, King Charles, and Prince Edward, will spend the day remembering the Queen at their summer residence, Balmoral Castle.
Despite being in the UK around the same time, reports suggest Harry won't be interacting with other family members. Following his brief stay, Harry will be heading to Dusseldorf, Germany, on September 9th to kick off his Invictus Games.
Meghan is expected to join him in Europe for this event, which concludes on September 16th. Multiple insiders have hinted at a lack of "outreach" to Harry and Meghan from senior royals about attending any memorial for Queen Elizabeth II.
One revealed, "If they aren't included, they'll commemorate in their own manner." It's no secret that a rift exists between the brothers, Harry and William. This strain was heightened after the publication of Harry's memoir, "Spare", earlier in January.
Some believe this ongoing discord may have influenced the decision to exclude the Sussexes from the Balmoral gathering. "The dynamics between them are evident," shared an insider, noting that there's been no recent communication between the two.
It's worth noting that Harry's last public appearance with the Royal Family was during Charles’ coronation in May, where he was seated several rows away from William and made a swift exit post-ceremony.