Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have had no contact with Buckingham Palace over an invitation to King Charles’ 75th birthday celebrations, their spokesperson has confirmed.
King Charles III is set to celebrate his 75th birthday next Tuesday, November 14, with a party at Clarence House with his closest friends and family.
The Sunday Times reported that Prince Harry had declined an invitation to the birthday party and would remain in California.
But a spokesperson for the couple told MailOnline the couple were never contacted about the celebrations.
“There has been no contact regarding an invitation to Her Majesty’s upcoming birthday. It is disappointing that the Sunday Times has misreported this story,” they said.
A source close to the Sussexes told MailOnline that the pair were not invited to the plans, which they were completely unaware of.
Prince Harry (pictured, center) reportedly hasn’t spoken to his father, King Charles III, in a long time
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have bitterly fallen out with the rest of his family in recent years.
A source close to the couple said Harry and Meghan didn’t even receive an invitation to King Charles’ birthday.
King Charles is set to celebrate his 75th birthday with a party at Clarence House next week
“They had received no invitations and were unaware of any celebrations until the stories came to light,” the source said.
They added that the Sussexes would normally have been included in plans for major events, despite the growing gap between them and the rest of the royal family.
“In this case, they’re not and that’s okay. I’m sure the Duke will find a way to contact privately to wish Her Majesty a happy birthday, as he always has.
“The Times article and subsequent articles have been positioned to give the impression that the Duke is snubbing his father, which is not the case.”
Meghan and Harry’s spokesperson also denied that Meghan would return to acting.
Relations have been strained since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepped down as senior royals and moved to California.
They have made a number of statements about their treatment by the Palace, including in a lengthy interview with Oprah and in Harry’s memoir.
Although the Duke attended his father’s coronation at Westminster Abbey in May, his relationship with King Charles remains broken – with the royal family failing to publicly celebrate his birthday in September.
Prince Harry (pictured, left) and Meghan Markle (pictured, right) were not informed of the party by Buckingham Palace, their spokesperson said.
King Charles is set to celebrate his 75th birthday on November 14 at Clarence House
Relations between the Sussexes and the rest of the royal family are strained, after a year of media fights
An insider claimed that the Duke of Sussex did not receive any personal wishes from his brother, Prince William, or his father, King Charles.
In fact, they told the Telegraph: “Communications between the King and Prince Harry remain quite poor. They don’t talk much, if at all.
They said one possible reason for this was that King Charles was disappointed with the way Harry had written about Queen Camilla in his autobiography, Spare.
The duke said his mother-in-law was “dangerous” and a “nasty” who left “bodies in the street”.
He wrote in Spare: “I have complex feelings about having a stepparent who I thought had recently sacrificed me on his personal PR altar.”
Harry also accused Charles and Camilla of “sowing stories” about William and his family: “Give Dad and Camilla an inch,” he said, “they take a mile.”
He told Good Morning America in an interview shortly after Spare’s publication: “We haven’t talked in a long time. I love every member of my family, despite the differences.
“So when I see her, we’re perfectly nice to each other. She’s my mother-in-law. I don’t consider her a bad stepmother.
“I see someone who married into this institution and did everything she could to improve her own reputation and her own image, for her own good.”
A Buckingham Palace spokesperson declined to comment, saying the palace does not comment on personal and family matters.